Breast­feed­ing MYTHS

New mums of­ten find them­selves on the re­ceiv­ing end of all kinds of ad­vice – we separate truth from fic­tion

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Myth

IF YOU HAVE SMALL BREASTS, YOU WON’T PRO­DUCE ENOUGH MILK TO FEED YOUR BABY.

Truth

The size of your breasts has no im­pact on your body’s abil­ity to pro­duce milk. Breast size is caused by the amount of fatty and fi­brous tis­sue, and how much milk-pro­duc­ing glan­du­lar tis­sue there is. Also, breast-milk pro­duc­tion is hor­mon­ally stim­u­lated and in­creases with the baby’s feed­ing de­mands.

Myth

BREAST­FEED­ING MOTH­ERS SHOULD AL­WAYS USE BOTH BREASTS AT EACH FEED­ING.

Truth

Your breasts ‘know’ how much milk they need to make, de­pend­ing on the baby’s feed­ing de­mands. In fact, pub­lished re­search on the range of what’s con­sid­ered ‘nor­mal’ when it comes to breast pref­er­ence shows that 30 per cent of ba­bies al­ways take just one breast, 13 per cent take both breasts, and 57 per cent mix it up!*

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