New mums that start breastfeeding have probably heard some “old wives tales” and myths about breastfeeding. Have you been wondering what’s true and what’s not? I’m here to debunk the three most common breastfeeding myths.
Let’s start with the first myth. Babies know how to breastfeed naturally.
Here’s the facts.
Baby is born with instant reflexes that can help when breastfeeding, for instance the suck reflex and rooting reflex.
The suck reflex is baby’s instinct to suck anything that touches the roof of their mouth.
The rooting reflex is when baby turns their head towards any stroking on the cheek or mouth.
However, even though baby is born with these natural instincts, it does not mean they will be successful at breastfeeding initially. Breastfeeding has to be learned and practiced by both baby and mom. Check out my other videos and posts for breastfeeding tips for both mom and baby.
Now that we’ve got that myth busted, let’s move on to the second myth.
Breastfeeding always hurts.
Here are the facts… Breastfeeding should RARELY hurt.
Your nipples can become more sensitive when you start breastfeeding because of the increased hormone levels after giving birth. Although this sensitivity is normal, nipple pain is not.
The most common cause for nipple pain is incorrect latch from baby or the position you and baby are in while feeding.
You can try using baby-safe, water-free, chemical-free nipple butter to soothe and moisturize your nipples before and after breastfeeding.
Let’s move on to the third myth… baby formula is the same as breast milk.
This statement is completely not true. Formula is NOT AT ALL like breast milk. Formula is more like a medicine than it is food.
It is okay if your baby needs formula for certain reasons, however breast milk is the most ideal food for your baby. Check out my other video and blog post about the reasons why.
Breastfed babies have also been studied to have reduced risks of:
- Childhood and adult obesity, asthma, celiac & IBD, ear infections, gastrointestinal infections, respiratory infections like pneumonia, serious colds, SIDS, throat infections, and Type 1&2 Diabetes.
Also, check out our other video and post about how breast milk can actually change to meet your baby’s needs.
Have you ever been told any of the breastfeeding myths mentioned in this article? What other ones have you heard? Let us know in the comments and don’t let these breastfeeding myths hold you back from feeding your baby. Do your own research and be a better-informed mama!