Breastfeeding Myths: Get the Facts

New moms and moms-to-be get a lot of baby advice. People usually mean well, but not all advice is based on facts. Myths about breastfeeding are common. The fact is breastfeeding is a healthy way to feed your baby.

The decision to breastfeed is a personal one, and it should also be an informed one.

Breastfeeding hurts

Breastfeeding should not be a painful experience

As with learning any new skill, there is an adjustment period. You may have some discomfort in the beginning as you and your baby are both learning. If you experience pain, it’s usually a sign that something needs to be changed.

Breastfeeding makes your breasts sag

It’s pregnancy that stretches the ligaments of your breast tissue

This occurs whether you breastfeed or not. Age, genetics, and the number of pregnancies you’ve had also play a role.

You can’t breastfeed if your breasts are:

For most women, the size and shape of their breasts does not affect their ability to breastfeed

You won’t be able to make enough milk

Moms almost always make enough milk to feed their babies

The key to making plenty of milk is to nurse your baby often during the first 14 days.

It’s also important to make sure your baby is latched correctly and swallowing.

Everyone uses formula

Most women in the United States start out breastfeeding

More women breastfeed than you may think. According to the CDC, more than 83% percent of women in the United States start out breastfeeding. Research over the past 40 years has proven that human milk is an inexpensive and healthy choice for feeding babies.