Breastfeeding Myths and Truths
Myth: You must schedule the baby or they will eat too much.
Myth: Breastfeeding always hurts.
Myth: You have to pump to breastfeed successfully.
Myth: You cannot drink coffee or have an alcoholic beverage to breastfeed.
Myth: There is no reason to breastfeed after 6 months of age.
Myth: Cluster feeding baby means low supply.
Myth: Breastfeeding covers makes breastfeeding less conspicuous in public.
Myth: Women cannot successfully breastfeed multiples.
Myth: If you breastfeed it means baby cannot take a pacifier or occasional bottle.
Myth: Breastfeeding in public means you are showing off your breasts.
Myth: Your baby will never learn to fall asleep on own if you allow to fall asleep at the breast.
Myth: You have to watch everything you eat in order to breastfeed (truth only if baby seems bothered).
Myth: It is normal to have cracked and bleeding nipples early on in breastfeeding.
Myth: #breastfeeding is not possible if you did not leak colostrum.
Myth: If you have small breasts or large breasts you may not be able to breastfeed.
Myth: Every pediatrician is a #breastfeeding proponent and expert.
Truth: Breastmilk changes throughout the day and throughout #breastfeeding relationship.
Truth: Exclusive pumping is possible and takes determination and dedication.
Truth: Breastfeeding saves over $2000 per year over formula feeding.
Truth: Breastfeeding covers are great for pumping and babies who are easily distracted at breast.
Truth: You do not need to stop breastfeeding while on antibiotics.
Truth: Poor latch can lead to several #breastfeeding problems. Needs to be handled quickly.
Truth: A well fitted nursing bra is important. Size changes throughout #breastfeeding relationship.
Truth: Breastfeeding time commitment changes as baby grows – it becomes very fast with older baby.
Truth: Milk supply increases with every subsequent pregnancy/birth.
Truth: After learning curve, breastfeeding takes less time than formula feeding.
Truth: Milk is always available. Nothing to wash, sterilize, purchase.
Truth: Breastfeeding mothers get more sleep.
Truth: Investing in a breastpump when going back to work or school can save $2000 in a year of formula cost.
Truth: Breastfeeding varies a baby’s palate to prepare for solid foods later on.
Truth: Breastmilk can help ease minor eye irritations, surface scratches and stuffy noses in baby.
Truth: Lactating women can have a letdown (MER) when experience an orgasm.
Truth: Your breastmilk can change flavors with the foods you eat.
Truth: Breastmilk is bio specific food for the human baby.