Breastfeeding Myths

March 29, 2017

Breastfeeding Myths

This is a two part post with a total of 10 breastfeeding myths we're addressing.  

We've put all of the information into an easy to share infographic.

  1. It comes naturally, just because it's natural doesn't mean it's easy.  Like any good relationship it takes a whole lot of work.
  2. Newborns are too tired to eat, not true.  Yes they need to sleep but they also need to eat and this whole entering into a new world thing gives they quite the shock.  You will need to help them learn to eat the first month or so.  Once you've established good habits you can relax on the feeding schedule and trust that they will tell you when they need to eat.
  3. Your milk supply is low.  Yes, some people have low supply, but others are not properly guided on how to establish a solid supply.  Your baby should be one you almost 24/7 the first few days to help your body know to start the process.  You will feel like your baby is attached day in and day out, they should be and this does ease up after the first month.
  4. Breastfeeding will hurt.  This should never be the case, if it is something is wrong.  You may get chapped nipples but there should not be any pain latching or when your baby is actually nursing.  If you experience pain please reach out to a professional (IBCLC, CLC or CLE).
  5. Baby should be on a schedule.  No, no, no!  Babies need to be fed when there hungry, not when it's been 3 hours.  No matter what you read or what your sister's friend told you, newborns should not be put on a schedule.  They need to work through the 4th trimester with you and establish a feeding schedule on their own which can evolve into a schedule that works with the family's eating times as time goes on.

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