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It's Only Natural: Uncovering Breastfeeding Misconceptions

Some basic myths and misconceptions about breast feeding.

 

It's Only Natural: The Benefits of Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding has more benefits than just bonding with your baby. Find out more about how it will benefit your baby’s health in the long run.

  

African-American Women: Reduce Your Risk of Breast Cancer by Breastfeeding

Women of color are more likely to develop breast cancers that are hard to cure. Learn about how breastfeeding can reduce your risk of getting these hard-to-treat breast cancers.

It's Only Natural: Is My Baby Getting Enough Milk

While breastfeeding moms often worry they are not feeding their baby enough, Dr. Long explains what to expect from your baby and their feeding in the first weeks of life.

  

Breastfeeding "Truths": What's on your mind?

  • Why should I breastfeed?

    Why should I breastfeed?

    The benefits that come from breastfeeding for both mom and baby have been known for decades. Read more about the many benefits here.

  • How long should I breastfeed?

    How long should I breastfeed?

    The short answer is breastfeed as long as you can! Many national health organizations recommend that most infants breastfeed for at least 12 months, with exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months. This means that babies are not given any foods or liquids other than breast milk for the first 6 months. These recommendations are supported by organizations such as the American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and American College of Nurse-Midwives.  

    The World Health Organization recommends, “Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended up to 6 months of age, with continued breastfeeding along with appropriate complementary foods up to two years of age or beyond.” Read here about the increased benefits for feeding your baby past infancy.

  • Does breastfeeding hurt?

    Does breastfeeding hurt?

    According to an infant feeding study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 75% of mothers reported having some pain while breastfeeding in the first two weeks. Of those who had pain, most mothers (56%) rated their pain as very little to moderate (5 or less on a scale of 1 to 10). While many mothers may experience some pain, do not let it discourage you from breastfeeding. The good news is that there are often resources, such as lactation consultants or breastfeeding support groups, who can help you and your baby overcome the problems that may be causing pain so that you can successfully  continue breastfeeding. Check out the National Database of Lactation Support Groups for Families of Color to find a group near you!

  • Has someone told you something about breastfeeding that we didn’t ask here?

    Has someone told you something about breastfeeding that we didn’t ask here?

    Has someone told you something about breastfeeding that we didn’t ask here? If so, please submit your question and we will post what we find out!