MedWatch Today: Parenting 411, Debunking breastfeeding myths

Med Watch Today

Breastfeeding is the best way a newborn baby receives the nutrition it needs, but breastfeeding can also be hard on mothers. We sat down with a lactation consultant at the Mother’s Resource Center at Community Regional Medical Center, and she debunks some myths that may deter some moms from breastfeeding.

Lactation consultant Kelley Holt said a mother’s breast milk provides antibodies, anti virals, anti parasites, and helps to build a baby’s immune system. She said breastfeeding is all about supply and demand, and mother’s will know they produce enough milk because baby’s will get weighed to to determine if they’re getting fed enough. She said breastfeeding is difficult in the beginning, but it will get easier in time.

Kelley stated, “A lot of moms believe that their breasts aren’t big enough. It doesn’t matter size or shape, you can make great milk no matter what the size is or the shape of your breasts… It is good that both breasts are used during the feeding to help kinda balance out the mom… Formula is not just as good as breast milk. There’s nothing like breast milk, but there’s a time and place for it. Obviously, the goal is always to feed the baby, so if we determine that maybe mom is not making enough breast milk, obviously supplementation is necessary.”

She encourages any moms who have questions on breastfeeding to contact the Mother’s Resource Center at (559) 459-6288.

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