‚ÄúMy dad told me once, ‚ÄėYou‚Äôll know within two days whether or not breastfeeding is going to work for you.‚Äô He told me this while I was still pregnant -- needless to say, my instinct told me this was bad advice.‚ÄĚ -- danienross
Why it‚Äôs bad advice: Breastfeeding usually starts out tough and then gets easier as time goes on. ‚ÄúIt can take several days to weeks to feel in balance with meeting the needs of your newborn,‚ÄĚ says McLary. ‚ÄúPlus, your milk doesn‚Äôt come in until two to four days after the birth, so each day brings a new and different adjustment as you transition.‚ÄĚ If you‚Äôre struggling, she suggests getting help from a pro -- problems can be corrected with just a single visit to a lactation consultant.
‚ÄúA 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.‚ÄĚ -- pitterpatter129
Why it‚Äôs bad advice: The exact opposite is actually true. ‚ÄúReplacing feedings with formula will sabotage your milk supply,‚ÄĚ says McLary. ‚ÄúThat‚Äôs because milk supply relies on supply and demand. If you skip a feeding because some well-intentioned loved one wanted to let you sleep, you‚Äôre sending the message to your breasts: ‚ÄėHey, we‚Äôre done here. No milk is necessary at this hour.‚Äô‚ÄĚ And your body, as a result, will make less milk. You don‚Äôt want that!
‚ÄúA friend who‚Äôs also a nurse told me to give my baby bottles of water over the summer when it‚Äôs hot. She went on and on about how I wouldn‚Äôt want to drink milk when it was hot, so obviously baby won‚Äôt want to either.‚ÄĚ -- tokenhoser
Why it‚Äôs bad advice: It‚Äôs not a good idea to give your baby water before he‚Äôs around six months old. That‚Äôs because he could fill up on it and drink less breast milk -- which has the nutrients he really needs. ‚ÄúBreast milk is all that your baby needs during the first six months of life,‚ÄĚ says McLary. And as far as quenching baby‚Äôs thirst, breast milk will do that too. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs actually made of over 85 percent water,‚ÄĚ says McLary, and we highly doubt he‚Äôll turn it down when he‚Äôs hungry.
‚ÄúSomeone once told me to scrub my nipples with a washcloth to ‚Äėtoughen them up‚Äô for nursing. Um, ouch!‚ÄĚ -- museummaven
Why it‚Äôs bad advice: You won‚Äôt do much more than make your nipples sore. ‚ÄúThis is a ridiculous old wives‚Äô tale that seems to persist in some cultures,‚ÄĚ says McLary. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs absolutely unnecessary. The best preparation for breastfeeding is understanding that it is a natural, normal process.‚ÄĚ Your body is naturally prepping itself for breastfeeding. All you have to do is, well, do it.
‚ÄúMy mother-in-law said that my breasts were too small to give my baby enough milk and that I should give him formula.‚ÄĚ -- k-renee
Why it‚Äôs bad advice: There‚Äôs actually no correlation between breast size and milk production. ‚ÄúBreasts 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 baby‚Äôs needs,‚ÄĚ says McLary.
‚ÄúMy friend gave me this advice: ‚ÄėDon‚Äôt breastfeed. Breastfeeding makes your breasts saggy and gross.‚Äô‚ÄĚ -- damabo80
Why it‚Äôs bad advice: Research shows that saggy boobs are more likely to result from pregnancy in general than from breastfeeding. ‚ÄúPregnancy and hormones make our breasts victims of gravity,‚ÄĚ says McLary. ‚ÄúBreastfeeding has little to do with it.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúThis 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.‚ÄĚ --lolinshag
Why it‚Äôs bad advice: Sure, you‚Äôll find yourself spending a lot of time feeding your baby, but so do bottle-feeding moms. ‚ÄúImagine the time you‚Äôll spend buying formula and bottle gear, and cleaning, sorting, cooling and heating bottles,‚ÄĚ says McLary. Plus, breast pumps make it possible to give baby breast milk while you‚Äôre away from her, so you don‚Äôt have to feel stuck if you want some ‚Äúme time.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúDrinking beer while breastfeeding will help baby sleep. Yeah, that‚Äôs gonna work‚Ä¶.‚ÄĚ -- dundasgirl
Why it‚Äôs bad advice: ‚ÄúThis is a scary and dangerous concept,‚ÄĚ 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: ‚ÄúThe general rule on breastfeeding is, if she can drive a car, she‚Äôs okay to feed her baby. But don‚Äôt count on it making baby sleep any longer than usual.‚ÄĚ 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.
‚ÄúMy father-in-law believes that bottles are better than breastfeeding because ‚Äė you‚Äôll know if the baby is getting enough.‚Äô‚ÄĚ -- kelleylk
Why it‚Äôs bad advice: Sure, if you breastfeed, you won‚Äôt have the luxury of ounce markings letting you know how much your baby is taking in, but there are ways to know she‚Äôs getting enough milk. ‚ÄúMake sure she‚Äôs happy, gaining weight, looking healthy and wetting between six to eight diapers in a 24-hour period -- and feeding every two to three hours,‚ÄĚ says McLary. ‚ÄúThen, you‚Äôre meeting her needs.‚ÄĚ And feeding her the healthiest way possible.
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