Join me in welcoming our wonderful guest poster, Jaimie Bowman, who blogs over at The Wonder Years about life with her husband and cute boys. She is a speaker and writer, as well as a part-time photographer and Lactation Counselor. I am thrilled to have her guest posting for us today!
Common Myths About Breastfeeding
I am so honored that Christine asked me to guest post today on “Why We Love Green.” After having my first son 6 years ago, choosing to breastfeed was my own way of “going green” in our household. Not only did we save money on bottles, formula, cleaning products, and related expenses, but we also helped the environment by reducing waste. However, breastfeeding was not easy or fun for me in the early months, and I needed a lot of help. My own struggles with nursing are what compelled me to eventually become a Certified Lactation Educator/Counselor, working with mothers and babies who need assistance with breastfeeding.
For over 4 years now I have worked with nursing mothers, and have realized that many women come into motherhood with preconceived notions about breastfeeding. Many of the presumptions they have are often myths, and I wanted to address some of those today. My hope is that this information will be helpful to you and dispel any myths you may have heard about breastfeeding.
Myth #1- Babies come out of the womb knowing how to nurse.
Babies come out of the womb knowing how to suck, not necessarily how to nurse. Nursing is a learned rhythm between mother and baby. Some babies nurse fantastically after birth, while others take a few weeks to get the hang of it. For those babies who need some help with nursing, it is crucial that the mother also learn the correct way to position and latch the baby. I cannot stress how important it is for pregnant mothers to take at least one class on breastfeeding, so she knows how to prepare. If you are a person who already had your baby, don’t be afraid to reach out for help and take a class after birth, too.
Myth #2- I don't have enough milk.