The facts and fiction of breastfeeding

26 June 2012

Newborn mothers have been told about the facts surrounding breastfeeding, as well as the myths of the practice.

Representatives from have been speaking to the Times of India about the truth and fiction of one of the most common ways to feed a baby.

One of the facts about breastfeeding is that nursing has the least impact on the breasts, with aging, gravity and weight all known to prove more damaging.

Mothers should try and not become stressed soon after birth either, as anxiety can slow the milk supply from the breasts.

On the other hand, it is a myth to think that breastfeeding will cause the breasts to lose their shape, while milk supply cannot be permanently reduced as a result of stress.

Feeling under the weather should not cause a mother to stop breastfeeding immediately either, with the process an opportunity to help a baby's health instead of hinder it.

Last month, research from Queen Mary, University of London, highlighted that pregnant women who 'eat for two' are very likely to end up gaining too much weight by the time they give birth.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

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