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Breastfeeding Myths

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    Bureau of WIC Program Services 

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1. Breastfeeding moms have to be extra careful about what they eat.

Breastfeeding moms can eat just about anything they like in reasonable amounts including greens, beans, garlic, onions, broccoli, and pizza. Most babies are never bothered by what mom eats. To keep themselves healthy, breastfeeding moms should eat the same good foods that they ate while they were pregnant.

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2. My mother and grandmother “could not” breastfeed so I can’t either.

The breastfeeding experiences of your mother and grandmother do not relate to your ability to breastfeed. They probably did not have the knowledge, help, and support they needed. Today, we know a lot more about how breastfeeding works and there is help available for you—just ask.

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3. Getting upset or angry spoils your milk.

Your milk is still good for your baby even if you become upset or angry.

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4. Breastfeeding hurts.

Breastfeeding should not hurt if your baby is “latched on” to your breast correctly. Have a breastfeeding educator show you how to get started.

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5. Breastfeeding is embarassing.

Breastfeeding does not have to be embarassing. You can learn to breastfeed modestly. Ask the breastfeeding educator to show you.

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6. I’ll have to drink milk while I am breastfeeding.

You do not have to drink milk to make breastmilk. You can eat other foods to get the calcium needed by your body. Ask a nutritionist for ideas.

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