You should only eat plain food while breastfeeding. Myth.
Breastfeeding mothers need to eat a balanced diet, like everyone else. In general, there is no need to change what you eat. Babies are exposed to the food you like to eat in the womb. If you think something you're eating is affecting your baby through your breast milk, talk to your GP or health visitor, or call the National Breastfeeding Helpline on 0300 100 0212. See Food and drinks to avoid from NHS.uk for more information on diet and breastfeeding.
You need to eat lots of food rich in diary (cheese, milk and yoghurt) to make milk. Myth.
It’s not essential to eat diary food to make your own milk. Cows make gallons of the stuff and never drink another animal’s milk.
You shouldn't breastfeed if you’re sick. Myth.
Depending on the kind of illness, mothers can usually continue breastfeeding when they’re sick. You need to make sure you get the right treatment, and to rest, eat and drink well. In many cases, the antibodies your body makes to fight the illness will pass on to your baby, building his or her own defences.
You can’t take any medication if you’re breastfeeding. Myth.
It’s important to inform your doctor that you are breastfeeding and to read the instructions with any medications you buy over the counter. It might be necessary to take medications at a specific time or in a specific dosage, or to take an alternative formulation but usually there are medications available for you to take safely while breastfeeding. See our Medication - what am I able to take while feeding page for more information.
Babies who have been breastfed are clingy. Myth.
All babies are different. Some are clingy and some are not, no matter how they are fed. Breastfeeding provides not only the best nutrition for infants, but is also important for their developing brain. Breastfed babies are held a lot and because of this, breastfeeding has been shown to enhance bonding with their mother, which might help their child grow up to be more confident and secure.
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