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To breast feed or not to Personal concerns

To breast feed or not to Personal concerns

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You know that breastfeeding is good for your baby. Yet, a few personal concerns or managing your professional life with a baby might question your willingness to breastfeed.

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

Read on to know how to resolve these concerns.

Myth 1: I am too shy to breastfeed.

Fact: Breastfeeding is natural and you can learn to feed your baby discretely.

Myth 2: I have to resume work so I should not start breastfeeding.

Fact: You can continue to breastfeed even after resuming work. You can exclusively breastfeed your baby while on maternity leave and later express or pump your milk for feeding your baby when separated. Alternatively, many women use formula milk and breast milk interchangeably while separated and breastfeed when back with your baby. At least your baby will get some amount of breastfeed, which is better than none.

Expressing breast milk for the day and breast feeding after work can help you give benefits of breast milk to your baby even after you resume work. A little is better than nothing at all.

Myth 3: If I breastfeed I have to change the way I eat.

Fact: Not really. Many women continue regular diet and still make good breast milk. However, it is best to include a variety of nutritious foods to stay healthy.

Myth 4: If I fall sick, I cannot breastfeed.

Fact: Your breast milk will have antibodies developed in your body due to the sickness. These will help protect your baby from the sickness. Therefore, it is safe to breastfeed
while you are sick unless the doctor advises against it.

Myth 5: Breastfeeding will make my baby too dependent on me.

Fact: Your love, care and attendance will actually make your baby secure and independent. Experiencing attachment with you is more important before establishing attachment with others.

Myth 6: Breastfeeding will cause my breast to sag.

Fact: Heredity, pregnancy and age cause sagging of the breast not breastfeeding. You can support your breast by using a well-fitted bra.

Breastfeeding is a unique experience that is shared between you and your baby. Go ahead! Explore and Experience it!!

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