Breastfeeding myths and mainstays for the obstetrician
Pamela D. Berens
Most ob/gyns are aware of the benefits of breastfeeding and the risks of not doing so. However, many do not appreciate the significant role that they play in supporting their patients’ breastfeeding efforts. Ob/gyns who are aware of some commonly held myths and who are familiar with strategies for breastfeeding can play a crucial role in a new mother’s breastfeeding success.
Myth #1: Breastfeeding and formula feeding are essentially equivalent.
Reality #1: Breastfeeding has significant benefits to both infants and mothers that are not matched by formula.
An abundance of scientific evidence confirms that breastfeeding conveys health advantages to both infants and mothers.
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