There are so many breastfeeding
misconceptions that sometimes, it is difficult to know where to start. While
most have the best of intentions when sharing information, there are many myths
that are often believed to be fact. These are five of the most common
Breastfeeding Misconception #1: Some
women do not produce enough milk.
The truth is that most women actually
produce more milk than a baby needs in the beginning. The problem does not lie
with the mother is not producing enough milk. The reality is that baby is
unable to get the milk that the mother is producing. This is usually a result
of baby not latching on correctly. The way to fix this is to consult someone
who is experienced with breastfeeding like a lactation consultant in a credible
setting. Finding someone from La Leche League is a great idea as is talking to
the lactation consultant that is usually on staff at the hospital or birthing
Breastfeeding Misconception #2: Breastfeeding
hurts. It’s normal.
It is absolutely nowhere near normal for
breastfeeding to hurt. In the beginning, a mother’s breasts may feel tender
because of her milk coming in, but otherwise, breastfeeding should not hurt
even when baby gets older and has teeth. If there is any discomfort that lasts
longer than a few days at most, then the problem likely lies with latching
Improper latching can cause a lot of pain
and even some bleeding from the friction caused when a bad latch is the cause. The
only other time that breastfeeding could hurt is if there is an infection of
some sort like a yeast infection, mastitis, or simply clogged milk ducts. To
help alleviate the pain, reading breast pump reviews
would be a good start in helping to find a breast pump to use while healing. If
a yeast infection or mastitis is the issue, be aware that you might not be able
to breast feed due to thrush in baby’s mouth or antibiotics that baby should
To be able to continue breastfeeding once
healing has finished, pumping and dumping is the way to go. There are different
types of pumps like manual pumps as well as electric breast pumps that can help
you stay on course.
Breastfeeding Misconception #3: Breasts
that don’t feel full don’t have enough milk.
This is a common misconception as women
often believe that if their breasts do not feel engorged, then there must not
be enough milk. It is a really good thing that this is not true otherwise
breastfeeding would be enormously uncomfortable all of the time. The only time
that breasts are engorged with milk is at the beginning when a mother’s milk
first comes in.