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Casas-Tumuran: Breastfeeding myths debunked

WHEN it comes to breastfeeding, everyone has an opinion on what you should do to your body. Cheer up, momma! Here are the scientific basis of each claim.

Myth #1. Breastfeeding is a birth control.

No, you can still get pregnant while breastfeeding. Our menstruation gets delayed after pregnancy because of hormonal imbalance. Consult your OB so she can recommend another form of birth control.

Myth #2. Breastfeeding makes your boobs saggy.

Don’t blame nursing. Pregnancy can also place a part. Breasts double in weight during pregnancy. Age and weight during pregnancy, and pre-pregnancy bra size can all be factors.

Myth #3. Women with small breasts have problems with breastfeeding.

Hormones trigger mammary glands to secrete milk and match your baby’s needs. Size has nothing to do with that.

Myth #4. You can’t breastfeed if you have inverted or flat nipples.

Nipples of all shapes and sizes can perfectly work well when it comes to nursing. If you have issues with your baby latching, look for help from a health care provider or certified lactation consultant.

Myth #5. It is not safe to drink beer, wine, or coffee.

You may still have your alcoholic drinks and coffee while breastfeeding. However, it must be in moderation. A glass of wine or a bottle of beer is enough for lactating moms. You are not allowed to “walwal” yet (HEHE!) There are also lactation coffee available.

[The writer appreciates comments, questions, and story suggestions. Contact her through ara3casas@yahoo.com, @mommyaracasastumuran on Instagram, and subscribe to her Youtube channel www.youtube.com/c/AraCasasTumuran.]


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