5 Misleading Myths that can Sabotage Your Breastfeeding
New moms receive LOTS of conflicting breastfeeding advice. Determining what is fact and what is fiction can be a daunting task, especially when you are sleep deprived!
To help you out, we expose the truth behind 5 common breastfeeding myths.
1. Breastfeeding is easy. Breastfeeding is hard.
Strangely enough, both of these statements are a myth. No one sentence can sum it up. Every mother’s experience is different.
Some babies will latch well on their very first try; others may take hours or days to latch for the first time.
Some women struggle with milk supply while other mothers could feed their own baby plus a few more!
The best way to get off to a good start with breastfeeding is to begin preparing before baby arrives. Get a head start by reading our FREE ebook: 5 Crucial Ways to Prepare for Breastfeeding.
If you do find yourself struggling with breastfeeding, get help early from someone experienced in helping with breastfeeding, such as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.
2. If you have enough milk, your baby will sleep through the night.
Young babies are not designed to sleep through the night! Their tummies are small and they can digest a full feed of milk in 90 minutes or less. It is normal for babies to wake frequently at night.
Research has also shown that frequent nighttime waking can also be protective against SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.) The Milk Meg has an excellent post on this topic here.
Although it is exhausting, please know that this is a window of time in your life and you will eventually get more sleep.
3. Breasts need time to “fill up” between feeds.
A breast is never “empty”; milk is produced as baby nurses, not just in between feedings.
Waiting for the breasts to “fill up” can actually decrease your milk supply over time. The more often milk is removed, the faster the breast makes milk.
4. If a baby takes a bottle after breastfeeding, mom does not have enough milk.
Not true. Most babies will take a ½ – 1 oz. from a bottle, even if they have just eaten. Milk comes quickly and easily with a bottle; this has nothing to do with mom’s milk supply.
5. You are not a good mother if you do not breastfeed.
We have worked with many wonderful mothers who worked diligently to establish breastfeeding but were unable to meet their goals. Others examined all of the information and decided that formula was the best choice for their family.
Your value as a mother is not measured in ounces. You can read more on this topic here.
Cindy and Jana are Registered Nurses and International Board Certified Lactation Consultants who have assisted over 20,000 families.
- Download their free ebook: 5 Crucial Ways to Prepare for Breastfeeding.
- Sign up for their free mini breastfeeding course: Getting Ready to Breastfeed.