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Planning to breastfeed? Here are our top tips, facts (and myth busters) to help make your experience happy and trouble-free

Your baby at 9 months

Track your baby’s progress

Size: Your baby can pick up about 200 grams a week. A full term baby can weigh anywhere between 2.7kgs and 4kgs.

Progress: By 37 weeks your baby is considered full term. He is busy practicing for life on the outside: breathing amniotic fluid, sucking on his thumb and even blinking.

Breastfeeding myths busted

Myth: mom’s milk becomes less nutritious after the first year.

Fact: Mom’s milk is nutritious way beyond the first year. At some point your little one will need nutrition from other sources, but your milk remains a valuable contribution to his diet.

Mom’s milk is nutritious way beyond the first year.

Mom’s milk is nutritious way beyond the first year

Myth: after several months the immunities in moms milk decline.

Fact: As long as feeding continues, immunity stays the same and even increases as baby approaches weaning. Studies reveal that breastfed children have fewer illnesses than formula-fed babies have.

Myth: prolonged breastfeeding can make a child excessively dependent and cause psychological problems.

Fact: Studies show that children who breastfeed past a year have remarkable social integration qualities.

The American Academy of Pediatrics states “there is no evidence of psychological or developmental harm from breastfeeding into the third year of life or longer”.

Myth: nipples must be toughened to prepare for breastfeeding.

Fact: Hormonal changes during pregnancy are preparation enough. Creams, rubbing or scrubbing should be avoided as it will only hurt you and make breastfeeding difficult.

Hormonal changes during pregnancy are preparation enough.

Hormonal changes during pregnancy are preparation enough.

Myth: if you have small boobs you won’t be able to breastfeed.

Fact: Size has nothing to do with breastfeeding. The ability to produce milk depends on the breast tissue, and large and small breasts usually have the same amount of milk-producing cells. And if you have small breasts, they’ll grow during pregnancy – not that it matters anyway.

Myth: many women don’t produce enough milk.

Fact: Not true. An overabundance of milk is the norm.

Myth: in hot weather a breastfeeding baby will need extra water.

Fact: Breast milk contains all the water your baby needs.

Myth: you have to wash your nipples each time before feeding.

Fact: Breast milk protects your baby against infection. Washing your nipples before each feeding will wash away protective oils from the nipple.

Myth: breast milk doesn’t have sufficient iron.

Fact: Breast milk has enough iron to satisfy your baby’s needs for the first six months, after which he’ll be introduced to solids as well. Iron from breast milk is also far better absorbed than other sources of iron.

Iron from breast milk is also far better absorbed than other sources of iron.

Iron from breast milk is also far better absorbed than other sources of iron

Myth: it’s easier to bottle feed a baby than to breastfeed.

Fact: This isn’t true and the myth has arisen because breastfeeding moms don’t get the help they need early on to latch their baby. And technically, when you consider the rigmarole of formula preparation, it’s much easier.

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