There are countless myths surrounding breastfeeding and unfortunately they often place blame on a new parents. 🤱🍼 Here are a few debunked myths and a gentle reminder that new parents are trying their hardest and deserve support, not judgement.
‘Engorgement is normal.’
→ 🌿 Fullness during lactogenesis 2 (when your milk matures) is often mistaken for engorgement. Engorgement is not normal and not a normal part of breastfeeding. Classic signs of true engorgement include swollen, hot, painful breasts and a low-grade fever (less than 100°F or 37.7°C).
‘Latch is more important than position.’
→ ✨ A good latch is hard to achieve with a position that isn’t ideal for baby. Consider how you position yourself to eat and place your baby the same way.
‘My nipples are too ______.’
→ ☁️ Your nipples are not too big, small, inverted, etc to breastfeed. Through the act of feeding your baby can actually coax an inverted nipple to flip outward! However, this doesn’t mean that …
‘Because it’s natural, breastfeeding is easy.’
→ 🌿 Breastfeeding comes naturally to some babies and some babies have a few hurdles to start. Finding the perfect position for parent & baby can be tricky and discouraging, but with a little patience and help from a professional (IBCLC, CLC, CBC) you can be breastfeeding should you choose to.
‘I bottle-fed so now I can’t breastfeed.’
→ ✨ There is no set rule when it comes to breastfeeding. Babies under six months have a 75% likelihood of being able to switch to breast, even if they’ve never breastfed. ☁️🍼🤱 KellyMom.com has numerous resources and a professional can help get you started.