There are a lot of myths surrounding breastfeeding, but breastfeeding position myths are more common than you may think. The day after I gave birth to my daughter, a nurse asked me if I needed any help breastfeeding. I asked her how I should position my baby so that we were both comfortable because all of the images in the baby books looked way too complicated and I just couldn't seem to get it right. The nurse had some suggestions, but bottom line? She told me to find a position that makes baby comfortable, me comfortable, and allows her to get the milk she needs.
That was really all the advice I needed, but it didn't stop the rest of the world from sharing myth after myth about breastfeeding positions with me. Whether people think they are being helpful or just want to interject because it worked for them, it was hard to get the voices out of my head when I would lay down to breastfeed my daughter (hello ear infections) or when I found a breastfeeding pillow did more harm than good. (There's no way you can support your baby without it.)
I know — breastfeeding is difficult enough without all of these extra things to keep in mind, but these seven myths about breastfeeding positions can give you the peace of mind you need (because you're doing awesome, mama) and offer you some quick facts to shout the next time someone insists you do a football hold to breastfeed.