A lot of new moms are interested in doing everything they can to enhance their breastfeeding experience and make sure they’re doing everything “correctly” in order to avoid any major problems. They are often met with confusing advice, and find themselves hearing a lot of well-intentioned but incorrect breastfeeding myths from friends and family. That’s why it’s so important for new moms to talk with their healthcare professionals (doctors, nurses, midwives, obstetricians, lactation consultants) about their concerns and questions.
Breastfeeding may be one of the most natural things in the world, but that doesn’t always mean it’s effortless. So why not benefit from a little help along the way? For example, taking advantage of the latest breastfeeding essentials can make your nursing experience much more comfortable, convenient and fun.
It’s a good idea to start thinking about which breastfeeding essentials you may need before your baby is born. After all, once your little one arrives, things are going to get a bit hectic! The good news is that, with a little planning, you’ll be ready for almost any situation.
Getting ready for having a baby – especially if this is your first child – gives you so many things to think about. There are several people to include in planning for the day of the birth: yourself, your husband or partner, and of course, the baby on the way – and more if you have other children. One of the most important things to do as you prepare for the birth of your child – whether it’s your first baby or whether you’ve done this before – is to create an official “Birth Plan.”
Most mothers want to breastfeed their baby. They are committed to giving their child the best start in life and sharing the many nutritional, developmental, immunological and cognitive benefits of drinking human milk. However, sometimes in life, things don’t always work out the way that we plan. For some mothers, there are situations that arise after the baby is born that may prevent her from being able to breastfeed directly from the breast. This might include a mother or baby medical condition or having a baby who cannot or will not latch properly, or several other reasons.
In a previous article, we discussed “7 Ridiculous Breastfeeding Myths You Need to Know”. Our goal was to address some of the misinformation and misunderstandings that are commonly spread about breastfeeding. Since breastfeeding myths are so widespread, we decided to do a second article to debunk some more of them! Here are a few more common breastfeeding myths – and the truth about each.
Being a new mom takes you on an adventure that is full of surprises and challenges. If you have chosen to breastfeed your baby, you’re probably looking forward to a positive experience, filled with special moments between you and your little one. At the same time, while breastfeeding is an overwhelmingly positive experience for most moms, many women find themselves unprepared for the challenges that they may face along the way.
Breastmilk production is the subject of many breastfeeding myths. There is a common misconception that a mother’s breasts are like big bottles that constantly fill with breastmilk by some magical process separate from baby and mom. Babies then feed on tap from this ever-full reservoir. However, the truth is more complicated.
New mothers often find themselves on the receiving end of all kinds of advice. Most people are genuinely trying to be helpful, but unfortunately, few topics attract more heated debate, misinformation, and confusion than breastfeeding. Many new moms, who start breastfeeding, find themselves hearing some of these “old wives tales” and myths about breastfeeding that have no scientific basis or even logical justification. Far too often, you have to sift through a lot of breastfeeding misinformation in order to get the truth.
We’re here to help! Here are a few common breastfeeding myths – and the real facts you need to know.
Breastfeeding is a time for connecting with your baby and yourself. People like to talk about the “challenges of breastfeeding,” but, the truth is that nursing can be calming, and even meditative, for new moms. This is especially true if you take the time to create a “breastfeeding sanctuary” – a comfortable, stress-free, space in your home that lets you focus 100% on your baby.
When you think about it, breastfeeding is an amazing process! For starters, breastfeeding is the only way to give your baby the unique rich blend of nutrients and immune-boosting elements that provide life enhancing benefits. Even the process of breastfeeding is fascinating. For example, did you know that your breasts have the ability to respond to how much milk your baby needs? This means that, for the most part, your breasts will always make “enough milk,” contrary to the ridiculous breastfeeding myths that are still out there.