Its funny, there are some people with strange ideas out there about what you can and can’t do whilst breastfeeding.
Most of them are utter tosh.
In fact there really is very little you can’t do whilst breastfeeding, come to think of it, in my normal, daily life, I’m not sure I avoid doing anything because I’m nursing (well ok there’s the dairy free thing for Babygirl but that’s exceptional)
So here are a few of my favourites myths and links to why they are rubbish.
You can’t drink whilst breastfeeding
Its a myth. In fact you can drink. Check out this advice from the Breastfeeding Network. Biggest issue is making sure that you’re still sober enough to care for your baby or have someone who can do it for you. In fact I’m not sure how you’re supposed to get through the early days without a few glasses of red wine.
You can’t eat chocolate whilst breastfeeding
Myth. You don’t need to eat a special diet. You can eat chocolate. Ok, some babies may get a bit windy if you eat lots and lots of it but then some babies don’t like garlic, onions, citrus fruit, rhubarb, etc which might not be what you want but there’s no need to live like a monk. In fact there is evidence that oats can help to increase milk production so you probably should be eating flapjacks.
You can’t go out if you’re breastfeeding
Do people really think that you should be locked in the house if you’re a nursing mum? Really? Have you read my post about nursing in public?
Come on, you just need to take your boobs with you. No bottles, no powder, no sterilising, no need to warm.
And if you wear a sling then you can even do it whilst walking around or queuing at the Post Office.
You can only wear frumpy undies
There are a lot of ugly nursing bras out there especially if you have bigger than the average boobs. However, there are some lovely, pretty bras if you know where to look and a good place to look is at bras4mums – T-J can even fit you remotely! I had been wearing the wrong size nursing bra for ages, the difference when I got the right size was incredible – my boobs looked heaps better and well nice undies do make you feel happier (or is it just me who is horribly shallow).
This week is National Breastfeeding Awareness Week.
The main aim of the this week is to raise awareness of the health benefits of breastfeeding, increase social acceptance of breastfeeding and promote support for breastfeeding.