I recently had the opportunity to chat with some lovely Mom's on breastfeeding and talk about different struggles and experiences with feeding their babies. I'm SOOO grateful for their thoughts and insight! Each person has a different journey and a different feeding experience, none the less, now is the time to gather and support each other on wherever our journey takes us!
I would love to hear YOUR thoughts in the comment section below! Thanks friends for sharing.
On Milk Supply
"That it's easy. That the baby just knows how to latch, that you will automatically have enough milk always, that it won't ever hurt....."
"If you try X it will make your milk production go up. Nope, you can do ALL THE THINGS and still not make enough." S.B
"You don't have to/shouldn't pump in the beginning, just nurse, nurse, nurse and your supply will regulate appropriately- not for me and now I'm dealing with low supply issues." C.D
On Tongue Ties
"Honestly the most frustrating misconception to me was "he'll eat if he's hungry". Our LO did not eat actually because he had a tongue tie which made it really hard for him to get enough so he wouldn't wake to eat and wasn't gaining weight for weeks so I woke him every 3 hours to eat. People said that to me over and over, so I felt crazy thinking he wasn't getting enough and for being so regimented, and hurt because that statement just isn't supportive at all.
On Losing Weight
"The weight will just melt off " J.L
"I'm nursing twins and there still isn't anything melting off!" B.B
On Scheduled Feedings
" I thought that the first two months was going to be the way it was forever. If I deviated from my routine of feeding from both breasts, the last one, first etc, it was going to be horrible. Now I honestly just do to a quick feel and feed from the fullest side, keeping in mind to make sure I'm feeding from both sides throughout the day, but not always so regimented." P.G
On Painful Nursing
" That it would be very painful. It wasn't for me!!" L.B
Myth "To chafe my nipples at the end of pregnancy to get them "toughened up" for nursing. " B.B
" That everyone gets cracked and bleeding nipples and that it hurts and that it is normal. Also that I would feel a certain feeling when my milk came in (I didn't feel anything besides them getting huge and was told my milk wasn't in until the Dr said it definitely was)" H.U
"It's natural, and it won't hurt if you're doing it right. False. It will likely, at some point, be mildly excruciating, because your nipples have never had this much undivided attention (most likely, ahem). This, to me, is the absolute worst one because it leaves so many of us expecting virtually NO pain (or at worst, mild discomfort) and results in feelings of failure before we've hardly begun!" C.C
"I think I'm one of the lucky ones, baby boy and I figured out how to latch within a few days, and once my nipples healed from he initial cracking we've not had any pain." J.C
On Breast Cancer
Myth"One that really scared me was that it could increase your risks of getting breast cancer. So happy I did research when I had children so I could breastfeed!" H.I
Myth "That breastfeeding will interfere with the father's ability to bond with the baby." L.A
"That you are in control. After hitting our one year goal I realized it wasn't going to be up to me when we stopped!"
"That babies need water (supplementation). "A.H
"That I wouldn't be able to nurse with my inverted nipples." B.B
"That you don't have to burp baby when breastfeeding." D.A
"Never wake a sleeping baby, he'll eat when he's hungry (and that) breastfeeding is the most natural thing in the world - this one is very false and makes you feel like a true failure (especially with those postpartum hormones).
For those looking for peer or professional breastfeeding support check out these fantastic local resources!
La Leche League
1. La Leche Leauge meeting (meets in Weber/Davis, Salt Lake & Utah counties throughout each month
2. IBCLC's (Internationally Board Certifed Lacation Consultants)
Segolily Collective +Mother Fed - Located in downtown SLC
Meghan Reed - Serves the SLC & Park City areas
Julie Johnson- Serves the Salt Lake county area
Autumn Alyssa, CHD is a Birth and Postpartum Doula serving women and families from Bountiful to Provo in Davis, Salt Lake & Utah Counties