Correcting misinformation about breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is something you can do for your baby that no one else can. It forges an unbreakable bond between you and your child, and it gives your baby the healthiest possible start in life. But breastfeeding isn’t always easy. The healthcare providers at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center encourage new moms to come to us with their concerns and questions, and we’ll work together to find the best possible solution. At our maternity hospital, we put families first.

Myth: “Resting” a breast increases milk supply
It seems intuitive to assume that giving a breast a break from nursing would increase its supply later on. But in fact, the opposite is true. The more you breastfeed, the more milk your body produces.

Resting a breast can result in less milk for your baby. If you’re concerned about having a low supply, you can express milk manually to encourage robust production, in addition to nursing.

Myth: It’s impossible to become pregnant while breastfeeding
Breastfeeding does actually help prevent unintentional pregnancy, but it isn’t foolproof. Nursing changes hormone levels in a way that suppresses ovulation, which prevents conception.

However, it’s still possible to menstruate while breastfeeding. When your period resumes, it’s possible to get pregnant again.

Myth: Breastfeeding is discouraged in public
It seems odd that anyone would discourage a baby from eating in public, but some controversy remains regarding this issue. Babies need to eat whenever they are hungry. As in most states, California law protects the right of mothers to nurse their babies in any public or private location.

Breastfeeding in public is easier than you might think, especially after you’ve had plenty of practice in private. Nursing clothes are designed specifically to let moms nurse as discreetly as they wish.

Birthing Center at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center has had the privilege to welcome babies into the Thousand Oaks community since 1968. We are committed to empowering women to successfully overcome breastfeeding challenges because the health of our community is important to us. Call a friendly nurse at our state-of-the-art hospital at (877) 888-5746.

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