Breastfeeding Myths
Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Myths about breastfeeding are rampant in our culture. Dr. Edward Hill addresses some of these common myths about breastfeeding in today’s 60 Second Housecall.

Some women don’t even try to nurse their babies because of lack of education about breastfeeding or poor advice from friends or family members.

Here are some common breastfeeding myths:

· Myth No. 1—If babies feed a lot, that means they aren’t getting enough milk.

· Fact: Because breast milk is so easy to digest, babies generally get hungrier sooner than if they are formula-fed.

· Myth No. 2—Giving the breast a nursing rest can help ensure more milk.

· Fact: The more you nurse, the more milk you make. Breaking your regular nursing schedule to rest the breast actually may decrease your milk supply.

· Myth No. 3—Formula fed babies sleep better.

· Fact: Research indicates that babies fed on formula do not sleep better.

· Myth No. 4—You should never wake a sleeping baby to breastfeed.

· Fact: Most of the time your baby will wake you approximately every two-and-a-half to three hours. It is important for your baby to feed on schedule.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, I’m Dr. Edward Hill.