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Table of Contents:
Myth #1- Breastfeeding will ruin your relationship- 04:05.530
Myth #2- Maternal stress causes low milk supply- 23:22.500
Myth #3- You need herbal supplements and fancy drinks to make milk- 34:55.500
Myth #4- Breastfeeding gives you saggy boobs- 40:59.896
Myth #5- Supplementing with formula destroys your breastfeeding journey- 45:42.882

Books to read with your partner from Maureen:
Penny Simkin, The Birth Partner
Ina May Gaskin, Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth
Ina May Gaskin, Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding
La Leche League International, The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding
** personal disclaimer about Ina May: at the time that I read her books I was unaware of some of the more troubling things about her person. It has since come to my attention that Ina May Gaskin has made some inappropriate, racist public statements. Many people have come out to speak about the racism in her life and work. If you choose to read her books I recommend you get them from the library, purchase them second hand, or borrow from a friend as I cannot in good conscience recommend that you support her financially.**

Sources on Saggy Boobs:
University of Kentucky. “Breastfeeding Study Dispels Sagging Myth.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 5 November 2007. .Rinker B, Veneracion M, Walsh CP. 

Breast ptosis: causes and cure. Ann Plast Surg. 2010;64(5):579-584. doi:10.1097/SAP.0b013e3181c39377

Rinker B, Veneracion M, Walsh CP. The effect of breastfeeding on breast aesthetics. Aesthet Surg J. 2008;28(5):534-537. doi:10.1016/j.asj.2008.07.004

Sources for Maternal Stress affecting milk supply:
Lau, C. (2001) Effects of stress on lactation. Pediatr. Clin. North Am.48:221–234.Feher, S.D.K., Berger, L. R., Johnson, J. D. & Wilde, J. B. (1989) 

Increasing breast milk production for premature infants with a relaxation/imagery audiotape. Pediatrics83:57–60.Ueda, T., Yokoyama, Y., Irahara, M. & Aono, T. (1994) 

Influence of psychological stress on suckling-induced pulsatile oxytocin release. Obstet. Gynecol.84:259–262.

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