With Christmas fast approaching I thought it would be a good time to bust some of the breastfeeding myths. When I had my first baby I thought there were all these things that I couldn’t do, eat or drink, but it turns out that most of it was utter rubbish!
MYTH 1 – YOU CAN’T DRINK ALCOHOL
Actually, breastfeeding mothers can drink occasional, small amounts of alcohol, according to the Breastfeeding Network. I rarely drink alcohol at all these days, maybe once a month and even then I drink it reeeeally slowly. At Christmas I will most certainly be enjoying a glass of bubbly with my lunch!
MYTH 2 – YOU CAN’T EAT SPROUTS
With my first baby I had the blandest diet ever as I avoided garlic, chilli, onion, brocolli, all sorts of foods that people told me I shouldn’t eat. With my second baby I eat everything. If your baby seems fussy or has an upset tummy after you’ve eaten something it might be related, but there’s no need to put a preemptive ban on foods if there hasn’t been an issue.
MYTH 3 – YOU CAN’T EAT OUT
I’ve heard mums say they’d love to go out for a meal with their baby over Christmas but are worried that they won’t be able to breastfeed in the restaurant. You absolutely can! You can pretty much breastfeed anywhere and most people won’t care. Especially at Christmas when everyone is too busy enjoying the festivities to notice what anyone else is doing!
MYTH 4 – YOU CAN’T DRESS UP
There are loads of amazing brands of nursing wear on the market now producing beautiful and stylish clothes for breastfeeding mothers, and there is something out there for all budgets. There are even cool accessories that you can use to make your regular clothes breastfeeding-friendly! Breastfeeding doesn't mean you can't wear trendy clothes, in fact many of my favourite outfits are actually from maternity brands!
MYTH 5 – YOU CAN’T TAKE MEDICATION
There’s no need to worry about getting a headache or suffering from indigestion over Christmas as lots of medicines are perfectly safe to take whilst breastfeeding! Your GP can tell you, the Breastfeeding Network has some fantastic drugs factsheets that you can check, or you can call the Drugs In Breastmilk Helpline 0844 412 4665.
What other myths have you been told?
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