Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Breastfeeding Myths

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Tuesday, July 23rd - Breastfeeding myths: what’s the biggest breastfeeding myth in your opinion? Help us dispel it!

This is pretty basic, but I think the biggest breastfeeding myth to me is "if it's natural, it should always come naturally to all moms and babies."

Here's the deal, ladies (and gents): Breastfeeding is natural, somewhat instinctual, and definitely normal; but it is also a learned behavior and most of us grew up in a culture where breastfeeding is not seen or taught. Instead, moms hear from other moms how hard breastfeeding was and how they gave up- which does not have to be the case!

Often, once moms and babies make it through the first weeks, they will describe breastfeeding as EASY and enjoyable (with a few bumps in the road perhaps). However, in those first few sleep-deprived weeks, breastfeeding can feel difficult, overwhelming, and even painful. To make it through this time, it's critical that new moms have some accurate breastfeeding education prenatally and a wealth of resources (online and in- person: LLL, lactation consultants, helpful friends/family, supportive partner, etc.). Keep reading for posts about resources as the blogging carnival continues!

What breastfeeding myths have you heard??

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  1. I hear you loud and clear! I struggled so much, but am proud to stick it out with both my children! <3

  2. I know I must have seen my own mother breastfeed, but excluding that the first woman I saw do it was my sister in law 2 weeks after my son was born. I remember thinking then how odd it was....I've seen lots of babies. So the learned behavior thing really resonates with me.

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