If you like unsolicited advice, you should get pregnant. And if you
really like it, might I suggest breastfeeding? Your partner, family, friends, medical team, and the general public have a lot of opinions about how you feed your baby. It seems like a lot of people have a vested interest in a personal decision about your body (but what's new?) when it's none of their business. Their counsel might be well-meant, but it's usually obnoxious and, worse, wrong. It's not all bad, but there's some advice that every breastfeeding mom dreads hearing. I wanted to exclusively breastfeed, but I had a hard time. I sought help and got it in spades, but it wasn't always, well... helpful. Some bits were great. I absolutely agree that breastfed babies should be fed on demand and not on a schedule. It meets their needs while also stimulating milk production. That makes sense. My pediatrician showed me how to change how I was cupping my breast to get my little one to latch without a nipple shield. Magic! However, the rest of the advice I probably could have done without. Being a new mom is overwhelming as is, and without being bombarded with lactation cookie recipes and old wives' tales.
There's so much information (accurate and otherwise) out there — best to listen to the experts in your life (a good lactation consultant, your best friend who nursed successfully) and
listen to your own inner voice about what's right for you and baby. If you hear any of the following, roll your eyes and move right along: "Try For An Unmedicated Delivery" "Toughen Up Those Nipples" "Have You Tried A Different Position?"
Am I the only one who tried the
five "best" breastfeeding positions and just went back to the cradle hold? I mean, I can't hold a regular football right, so why would the clutch position be any more natural for me? "Don't Let Your Baby Fall Asleep"
Easier said than done, oh sage of breastfeeding wisdom. Like, have you ever met a newborn? I know I have to
keep my baby awake while she eats, but girlfriend is a sleepy mofo. How about you tickle her feet, Janice, and let me know how it works out for you. "Watch Out For Nipple Confusion"
File this under the category of "Ways to Needlessly Worry New Moms." I know some mothers do struggle with it. In fact, a friend of mine posted every bottle nipple her exclusively breastfed infant rejected, and there must have been a dozen different types. But that wasn't the case for me, and according to What to Expect,
most babies have no trouble toggling between breast and bottle. Don't borrow trouble — just make sure nursing is well-established before introducing a bottle. "Try Not To Watch The Clock"
Don't time your feedings, but hey, here's this
breastfeeding app where you can track every second of it. I know I should be counting wet diapers and not minutes, but time is just so much more measurable than absorbed pee. Plus, I'm trying to gauge how much time I might get between sessions in case I might like to, you know, shower. "You Have To Drink Milk To Make Milk" "You Can't Nurse If You're Sick" "Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate"
Breastfeeding moms should drink to thirst. Yes, hydration is important during breastfeeding, but there's
no need to force fluids. If you're anything like me, you're already thirsty AF and don't need the "friendly" reminder. Back off, Gatorade pushers. "Your Baby Needs Formula/Donate The Formula They Give You" If someone has an opinion on breastfeeding, then they definitely have feelings about formula. One side will tell you that you're obviously not making enough milk and are starving your baby, while the other will tell you even having formula in your house will make you less likely to succeed. Don't let anyone tell you the breastfeeding/formula combo isn't a choice. Watch Romper's new video series, Romper's Doula Diaries : Check out the entire Romper's Doula Diaries series and other videos on Facebook and the Bustle app across Apple TV, Roku, and Amazon Fire TV.