Common Breastfeeding Myths

Common Breastfeeding Myths

These are things that I see or read every day: from my clients, from professionals, and from websites focusing on newborn issues. I know that one post cannot squash these myths completely, but if this helps just a few moms obtain correct information, I’ll be very happy! So for now, read these and remember they are MYTHS!

  • Breastfeeding is painful for the first few weeks.
  • Engorgement is normal and is a sign that everything is going well.
  • There is not enough milk during the first few days after the birth, so most babies need some formula until the milk “comes in.”
  • Many women do not produce enough milk.
  • A baby should be on the breast for a certain amount of time.
  • A mother should wash her nipples with soap before feeding the baby.
  • Pumping is a good way of knowing how much milk you have.
  • If a mother is planning to breastfeed, she should buy a pump.
  • Infant formulas are almost the same as breast milk.
  • Doctors know a lot about breastfeeding.
  • Some babies are lactose intolerant.
  • Nipples need to “toughen up” in order to breastfeed.
  • If you give a baby a bottle, he will not like the breast any more.
  • If you breastfeed, you will sleep less than if you bottle feed.
  • You can’t eat your favorite foods if you breastfeed.
  • Breastfeeding makes your breasts sag.
  • If you have twins or more, you will definitely need to use formula.
  • Your baby will sleep longer at night if you give her a bottle of formula.
  • If your baby doesn’t breastfeed in the first week, he probably never will.
  • If your breasts are too (fill in the blank), your baby will not be able to breastfeed.
  • If your nipples are too (fill in the blank), your baby will not be able to breastfeed.
  • You must use some type of nipple ointment in order to keep your nipples healthy.
  • If your breasts feel softer after a few months, that means your milk supply has decreased.

Have you encountered any myths about breastfeeding? What did you hear that you later learned was not true? We would love to hear from you!