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MYTH VS. TRUTH

Here are a few common myths to watch out for. Don’t let them scare you—most of them don’t have any basis in fact.

MYTH 1: Nobody knows for sure that breastfeeding is best for babies.

You may hear:

“I didn’t breastfeed my babies and they turned out fine.”

The truth is...

As we learn new facts, we can put them to use to give our kids the best start. In the past, women who chose to use formula were told they were doing a good thing for themselves and their babies. Nowadays, we know more about the long-term and short-term benefits of breastfeeding—and there’s no doubt that breastmilk provides the right nutrition for babies at every stage.

You may hear:

“Breastfeeding spoils babies if you do it too long.”

The truth is...

No way. Young babies are completely dependent on you for all their needs. Breastfeeding does not spoil a baby or make him too dependent on you. In fact, it actually helps him form healthy bonds! Breastfeeding should continue as long as you and your baby both want it—to age 2 or older is fine. Children who breastfeed longer continue to get protective benefits from breastmilk, and they tend to be more secure and independent.

You may hear:

“Formula is as good as breastmilk.”

The truth is...

There are some things you just can’t make in a factory. Your milk is custom-made for your baby, and it changes to meet your baby’s needs through every stage of development. Your milk has antibodies, anti-viruses, and anti-allergens that help protect baby from illness. These important ingredients are not in formula. Your milk also has hormones that help baby grow. Breastmilk is also more easily digested by baby and has more vitamins and minerals than formula. Plus, breastmilk is free, fresh, and safe for baby to drink anytime, anywhere.

Ingredient Breastmilk Formula More Info
Protein Breastmilk is the best source of this ingredient Formula contains this ingredient, but is less beneficial Protein in formula comes from cow's milk and is hard for your baby to digest. Protein in breastmilk is easier to digest and cuts down on vomiting and diarrhea.
Carbohydrates Breastmilk is the best source of this ingredient Formula contains this ingredient, but is less beneficial Formula doesn't include all the carbohydrates that help make your baby's brain and tummy healthy. Breastmilk contains all the carbohydrates your baby needs.
Fats Breastmilk is the best source of this ingredient Formula contains this ingredient, but is less beneficial Fats in breastmilk are easier for your baby to digest. Cholesterol-found only in breastmilk-makes your baby less likely to get heart disease.
Fatty Acid (DHA and ARA) Breastmilk is the best source of this ingredient Formula contains this ingredient, but is less beneficial Breastmilk fatty acids help your baby's brain develop. Formula fatty acids are made from algae and fungus and may not work the same.
Vitamins and Minerals Breastmilk is the best source of this ingredient Formula contains this ingredient, but is less beneficial Breastmilk has exactly the right amount of vitamins and minerals for your baby. In formula, they may be added in large amounts and aren't absorbed as well.
Enzymes Breastmilk is the best source of this ingredient Enzymes help break down fat, protein and carbohydrates.
Growth Factors Breastmilk is the best source of this ingredient Growth factors help your baby's skin, nerves, intestines and blood vessels grow.
Anti-Parasites Breastmilk is the best source of this ingredient Anti-parasites protect your baby.
Anti-Allergens Breastmilk is the best source of this ingredient Exclusive breastfeeding reduces your baby's risk of allergies.
Anti-Viruses Breastmilk is the best source of this ingredient Anti-viral ingredients kill harmful cells.
Hormones Breastmilk is the best source of this ingredient Hormones help calm your baby, create strong bonds, help your baby's digestion and reduce your baby's chances of becoming obese.
Antibodies (Immune Boosters) Breastmilk is the best source of this ingredient Antibodies protect your baby from germs and infections. They are passed from you to your baby through your breastmilk.

MYTH 2: Breastfeeding works for some people, but not for everyone.

MYTH 3: Breastfeeding alone isn’t enough for babies.

MYTH 4: Breastfeeding keeps babies from dads and the rest of the family.

MYTH 5: Breastfeeding is hard on moms.

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