âMy dad told me once, âYouâll know within two days whether or not breastfeeding is going to work for you.â He told me this while I was still pregnant -- needless to say, my instinct told me this was bad advice.â -- danienross
Why itâs bad advice: Breastfeeding usually starts out tough and then gets easier as time goes on. âIt can take several days to weeks to feel in balance with meeting the needs of your newborn,â says McLary. âPlus, your milk doesnât come in until two to four days after the birth, so each day brings a new and different adjustment as you transition.â If youâre struggling, she suggests getting help from a pro -- problems can be corrected with just a single visit to a lactation consultant.
âA pediatrician told me to let my husband give our LO baby formula at night so I could get extra sleep. Apparently he thought extra sleep would increase my low supply.â -- pitterpatter129
Why itâs bad advice: The exact opposite is actually true. âReplacing feedings with formula will sabotage your milk supply,â says McLary. âThatâs because milk supply relies on supply and demand. If you skip a feeding because some well-intentioned loved one wanted to let you sleep, youâre sending the message to your breasts: âHey, weâre done here. No milk is necessary at this hour.ââ And your body, as a result, will make less milk. You donât want that!
âA friend whoâs also a nurse told me to give my baby bottles of water over the summer when itâs hot. She went on and on about how I wouldnât want to drink milk when it was hot, so obviously baby wonât want to either.â -- tokenhoser
Why itâs bad advice: Itâs not a good idea to give your baby water before heâs around six months old. Thatâs because he could fill up on it and drink less breast milk -- which has the nutrients he really needs. âBreast milk is all that your baby needs during the first six months of life,â says McLary. And as far as quenching babyâs thirst, breast milk will do that too. âItâs actually made of over 85 percent water,â says McLary, and we highly doubt heâll turn it down when heâs hungry.
âSomeone once told me to scrub my nipples with a washcloth to âtoughen them upâ for nursing. Um, ouch!â -- museummaven
Why itâs bad advice: You wonât do much more than make your nipples sore. âThis is a ridiculous old wivesâ tale that seems to persist in some cultures,â says McLary. âItâs absolutely unnecessary. The best preparation for breastfeeding is understanding that it is a natural, normal process.â Your body is naturally prepping itself for breastfeeding. All you have to do is, well, do it.
âMy mother-in-law said that my breasts were too small to give my baby enough milk and that I should give him formula.â -- k-renee
Why itâs bad advice: Thereâs actually no correlation between breast size and milk production. âBreasts come in all shapes and sizes, and unless you have glandular development issues (which is rare), your breast size will not compromise your ability to produce milk to meet your babyâs needs,â says McLary.
âMy friend gave me this advice: âDonât breastfeed. Breastfeeding makes your breasts saggy and gross.ââ -- damabo80
Why itâs bad advice: Research shows that saggy boobs are more likely to result from pregnancy in general than from breastfeeding. âPregnancy and hormones make our breasts victims of gravity,â says McLary. âBreastfeeding has little to do with it.â
âThis week, my mother-in-law and sister-in-law both encouraged me to not breastfeed because it would take up too much of my time and I would end up a slave to my baby and boobs.â --lolinshag
Why itâs bad advice: Sure, youâll find yourself spending a lot of time feeding your baby, but so do bottle-feeding moms. âImagine the time youâll spend buying formula and bottle gear, and cleaning, sorting, cooling and heating bottles,â says McLary. Plus, breast pumps make it possible to give baby breast milk while youâre away from her, so you donât have to feel stuck if you want some âme time.â
âDrinking beer while breastfeeding will help baby sleep. Yeah, thatâs gonna workâŚ.â -- dundasgirl
Why itâs bad advice: âThis is a scary and dangerous concept,â says McLary. Why? Alcohol can pass into breast milk like it passes into your bloodstream. Sure, baby will only be exposed to a small percentage of alcohol if you drink, but his body will process it at a slower rate. And rather than help him sleep, it actually could cause sleep problems for baby, not to mention impair his motor development (scary!). But McLary says that having a glass of wine on a date night with your hubby is okay: âThe general rule on breastfeeding is, if she can drive a car, sheâs okay to feed her baby. But donât count on it making baby sleep any longer than usual.â So if you end up enjoying a glass of chardonnay at dinner, wait at least two to three hours before nursing baby -- just to be safe.
âMy father-in-law believes that bottles are better than breastfeeding because â youâll know if the baby is getting enough.ââ -- kelleylk
Why itâs bad advice: Sure, if you breastfeed, you wonât have the luxury of ounce markings letting you know how much your baby is taking in, but there are ways to know sheâs getting enough milk. âMake sure sheâs happy, gaining weight, looking healthy and wetting between six to eight diapers in a 24-hour period -- and feeding every two to three hours,â says McLary. âThen, youâre meeting her needs.â And feeding her the healthiest way possible.
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