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Why That Breastfeeding Advice You’re Getting Is All Wrong

Everybody has breastfeeding advice. This means there’s a lot of confusion, myths, and false beliefs going around.

Breastfeeding advice covers everything from “you need to have the perfect diet” to “baby must feed x number of minutes on each breast.”

Breastfeeding is a natural occurrence in human infants and not something to be so fearful of. Just remember:

1 – Just like every person is different, every baby is different. They’ll have their own preferences, needs, etc., so the “right” way to breastfeed is what works for you AND your baby–not just you and not just your baby. It is a relationship, after all!

2 – Breast milk is the result of millions of years of evolution. Modern humans have been around for over 200,000 years. With 7 billion people now on the planet, it’s safe to say that breastfeeding has been tried, tested, and proven to work effectively at nourishing and growing little humans. Nothing works better.

Now for those wacky myths and all that other breastfeeding advice. Today’s roundup of posts will share and correct some of these myths and set the record straight.

Wacky myths and breastfeeding advice

Breast Milk Quality – 5 False Beliefs About Breast Milk, BellyBelly

This post has 5 myths to dispel. Hey, is your milk “fatty” enough?

Eight Myths of Breastfeeding, Hospital Metropolitano

Is stress drying up your milk?

Common Myths and Realities About Early Breastfeeding, FamilyEducation

Does it really take 4-6 weeks before this goes well?

7 Myths About Breastfeeding, WebMD

Does a nursing “rest” ensure more milk?

The video above makes an excellent point. Every nursing mom has breastfeeding advice, but what’s true for them doesn’t have to be true for you! If you’re hearing horror stories (crackled nipples, swollen breasts, etc.) know that not all those things will happen to you.

Because every mother-baby pair is unique with different challenges specific to their relationship, the best thing you can do if you have breastfeeding questions is reach out to a lactation consultant (or several!).

Check out the Breastfeeding Overview WebMD for information on breastfeeding and the benefits for both mother and baby.

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Lori Hil is a freelance blogger and content curator with an AAS in Early Childhood Education. She now gets to combine her love of writing and teaching through the written word. You can find her all around the web, but especially enjoying the freelance life at

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