I am now officially a certified post-partum doula. Between that and nursing my own babies, I’m a bit of a breastfeeding expert. So let me bust some common misconceptions for you.
1. Breastfeeding makes your boobs saggy.
Actually, gravity, age, and genetics make your boobs saggy. Experts say that people who breastfeed don’t have visibly more sagging than people who don’t.
2. Size matters.
While not true for everything – heh heh – when it comes to nursing a baby, size doesn’t matter. Whether your chest is flat as a pancake or you’re rocking GGGs, you can breastfeed regardless of how small or large your boobs are.
3. Moms with flat or inverted nipples can’t breastfeed.
If you have flat or inverted nipples, breastfeeding may initially be more challenging – but not impossible. Get on board with a CLC (certified lactation consultant) before having the baby so you can work together from day one on strategies for breastfeeding with your particular nipple shape or size. Many women with flat or inverted nipples have successfully breastfed their babies.
4. The volume you pump indicates the volume the baby gets when feeding at the breast.
Many women worry that because they can’t pump large volumes of milk, the baby must be underfed during on-breast feedings. Actually, these volumes can be vastly different – because the mechanisms for pumping and breastfeeding are different. When you are pumping, you are getting milk out by pure suction. Your baby’s little mouth is much more efficient at getting the milk out, and your body responds differently to the baby than to the pump. So in most cases you pump less than what your baby gets directly from the breast. [Read more…]