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Breastfeeding Myths

Posted by on Feb. 5, 2009 at 4:21 PM
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Here is a list of some common bfing myths. Feel free to add your own!

Many women do not produce enough milk.

It is normal for breastfeeding to hurt.

There is no (not enough) milk during the first 3 or 4 days after birth.

A baby should be on the breast 20 (10, 15, 7.6) minutes on each side.

A breastfeeding baby needs extra water in hot weather.

Breastfeeding babies need extra vitamin D.

A mother should wash her nipples each time before feeding the baby.

Pumping is a good way of knowing how much milk the mother has.

Breastmilk does not contain enough iron for the baby's needs.

It is easier to bottle feed than to breastfeed.

Breastfeeding ties the mother down.

There is no way to know how much breastmilk the baby is getting.

Modern formulas are almost the same as breastmilk.

If the mother has an infection she should stop breastfeeding.

If the baby has diarrhea or vomiting, the mother should stop

If the mother is taking medicine she should not breastfeed.

A breastfeeding mother has to be obsessive about what she eats.

A breastfeeding mother has to eat more in order to make enough milk.

A breastfeeding mother has to drink lots of fluids.

A mother who smokes is better not to breastfeed.

A mother should not drink alcohol while breastfeeding.

A mother who bleeds from her nipples should not breastfeed.

A woman who has had breast augmentation surgery cannot breastfeed.

A woman who has had breast reduction surgery cannot breastfeed

Premature babies need to learn to take bottles before they can start

Babies with cleft lip and/or palate cannot breastfeed.

Women with small breasts produce less milk than those with large

Breastfeeding does not provide any protection against becoming

Breastfeeding women cannot take the birth control pill.

Breastfeeding babies need other types of milk after 6 months

Nursing mothers cannot breastfeed if they have had X-rays.

Breastfeeding mothers' milk can "dry up" just like that.

Physicians know a lot about breastfeeding.

Pediatricians, at least, know a lot about breastfeeding.

Formula company literature and free formula samples do not influence
       whether or how long a mother breastfeeds.

Breastmilk given with formula may cause problems for the baby.

Babies who are breastfed on demand are likely to be "colicky".

Mothers who receive immunizations (tetanus, rubella, hepatitis B,
       hepatitis A, etc.) should stop breastfeeding for 24 hours (3 days, 2 weeks).

There is no such thing as nipple confusion.

Women with flat or inverted nipples cannot breastfeed.

A woman who becomes pregnant must stop breastfeeding.

A baby with diarrhea should not breastfeed.

Babies will stay on the breast for 2 hours because they like to suck.

Babies need to know how to take a bottle. Therefore a bottle should
       always be introduced before the baby refuses to take one.

If a mother has surgery, she has to wait a day before restarting nursing.

Breastfeeding twins is too difficult to manage.

Women whose breasts do not enlarge or enlarge only a little during
       pregnancy, will not produce enough milk.

A mother whose breasts do not seem full has little milk in the breast.

Breastfeeding in public is not decent.

Breastfeeding a child until 3 or 4 years of age is abnormal and bad for     
the child, causing an overdependent relationship between mother and

If the baby is off the breast for a few days (weeks), the mother should
      not restart breastfeeding because the milk sours.

After exercise a mother should not breastfeed

A breastfeeding mother cannot get a permanent or dye her hair.

Breastfeeding is blamed for everything.

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by on Feb. 5, 2009 at 4:21 PM
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by Group Admin on Feb. 6, 2009 at 10:38 AM

My favorite!

Mothers should wake the baby every 2 hours to nurse.

by Member on Feb. 8, 2009 at 10:14 PM

I agree with first response.  I used to set my alarm if he didn't wake up haha.  Learned quickly it was NOT a problem if my baby actually slept.

Also that it has to hurt... It never hurt for me until he started getting bigger and could turn his head with my boob still in his mouth. :-P Not discounting that it does hurt some, but its not the rule.  I was SO afraid of nursing because someone told me it was excruciating and it never was until he was one and got his first tooth and used it. :-P

Another one is that a baby needs solids by 6 months.  My son wasn't really interested and we waited and at 8.5 to 9 months he decided he wanted to feed himself and that was when we started and we got to skip pureed baby food.  It was SO nice.

Oh yes, and I agree with OP formula is NOT almost the same.  Its actually 4th best.  Breast is best, pumped is second, milk bank is 3rd and then a far 4th is formula.  I am glad its there for babies who NEED it, though. 

I found that breastfeeding was more freeing than tying me down.  I never ran out of milk while I was out and I could feed him whenever and whrever.  (Once I became comfortable with nursing in public... took me almost six months!!)

by New Member on Feb. 12, 2009 at 11:05 AM

This is great! Thanks for posting!

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