Myths about Breastfeeding

I've heard it all about breastfeeding in my 3 separate journeys through breastfeeding and mom's I'm here to tell you not everything you read or hear is true. 

Breastfeeding Myths
1. You have to watch what you eat: No ladies you do not have to avoid many foods while breastfeeding. Eat all the strawberries and peanut butter you want. In fact when breastfeeding these food can pass through your milk exposing your baby, this can help avoid food allergies when it's time for whole foods (this is not 100% just like everything else in life) 

2.You have to eat like your still pregnant: False again ladies, although you have to take in more calories while breastfeeding you do not have to eat every hour of the day. Eat full complete meals 3 times a day like you would just to keep a healthy diet. Include small, healthy snacks for in between those meals. 

4.You can't drink caffeine: let's be honest here, can anyone cut out all caffeine? They really think anyone can make it on 4 hours of sleep everyday and not have a coke or coffee? Yes traces of caffeine can pass through your milk supply but not enough where it's going to really effect your baby. I personally drink at least a can of coke everyday and it does not effect my baby or her sleep. 
5. It's so easy, everyone can do it: So untrue. Sorry ladies but breastfeeding isn't always a walk in the park. It can sometimes take a lot of work, struggle to get your milk coming in and even a pain. Some women may never get their milk in. So I would like to really squash this myth. 

Don't let what you hear discourage you, or scare you from breastfeeding it can be such a rewarding & beautiful time in your life. It takes work and dedication to keep going but even if you chose to stop breastfeeding at least you tried. 

If there are anymore "myths" about breastfeeding that you have heard please leave a comment. I would love to add them to this post.

Alyssa Waters

2 comments:

Bubby's Mommy said...

I have heard all kinds of weird stuff from eating certain things and not eating certain thing to get your milk to come in, all the way to doing it will make you lose massive amounts of weight. For me, this wasn't the case, I actually gained a little weight after my son was born, but thankfully my supply has been amazing, and my little one is super healthy!! Thanks for the amazing article!

Brie said...

I love debunking breastfeeding myths. So many times breastfeeding mom's give up because of people telling them this or that.