Busting Breastfeeding Myths
Myths about breastfeeding are as common as every woman's nursing journey is different. To help you understand the most common misconceptions, we asked Atrium Health Floyd certified lactation consultants to share their science-based answers.
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Every Breastfeeding Experience is Unique
Your breastfeeding experience will likely be different from your mother or your sister.
Caffeine is OK in Moderation
You can enjoy a cup or two of coffee a day. Less than 2% of the caffeine is actually transmitted into breast milk, making it safe for your baby.
Don't Stop Breastfeeding if You are Sick
Breastfeeding while you are sick passes beneficial antibodies on to your baby. Also, most medicines pose little or no risk.
Breastfeeding Should Not Hurt
Sue Lewis, a lactation consultant with Atrium Health Floyd, says that you might experience slight discomfort the first couple of days, but persistent pain is not normal.