It doesn’t matter who you ask, everyone has an opinion about breastfeeding. All that “advice” can be confusing to a new mom. Over the years we’ve heard it all so we put together a list of some of the more common breastfeeding myths and the real facts behind them.
Myth #1 – Breastfeeding is easy.
Yes, babies and moms are hardwired for breastfeeding. And yes, for some new moms it does come easy, but for others it can be a struggle at first. Our best advice is to talk to your doctor or a board certified lactation consultant.
Myth #2 – Breastfeeding hurts.
Breastfeeding should not be painful. If it is, talk to your doctor or a board-certified lactation consultant.
Myth #3 – Small breasts don’t produce as much milk as large ones.
The size of your breasts has nothing to do with the amount of milk they produce.
Myth #4 – Breastfeeding changes the shape and size of your breast, or reduces sensitivity.
While pregnancy does somewhat alter the look and feel of your breasts, experts say breastfeeding does not cause any changes beyond that. Studies show that women who breastfeed actually have a reduced risk of breast cancer later in life.
Myth #5 – You can’t get pregnant while breastfeeding.
It’s true that breastfeeding prevents ovulation in some women, but breastfeeding is not a reliable form of birth control. Talk to your physician about what is an acceptable form of contraception.