In my experience, your mom will love to pass on her sage wisdom once you've become a mother yourself. I mean, she raised you and you turned out alright, so what's the harm? The thing is, sometimes that well-meaning advice is a gross over-step. Things like sleep training and scheduling shouldn't be anyone else's business (even your mom), but what about something more personal? There are definitely more than a few times you shouldn't listen to your mother when it comes to breastfeeding, because it's your baby, your body, and you've got it handled. Your mom should trust in that, and in you.
When I set out on my own motherhood journey, I expected advice and comments from other women — particularly moms — but didn't realize how much of it would affect my own decisions. This is especially true with breastfeeding. Before I had my daughter, I had every good intention to be a breastfeeding pro. I bought all the supplies I was told I needed (from nipple pads and creams, to a pump), but none of those things helped. And while I know a lot of moms have difficulty breastfeeding (my own mom included) and decide to stick with it and go on to do exactly as they set out to do, sans formula, I couldn't. Thanks to my intense postpartum depression and anxiety, along with lack of milk supply and latching problems, breastfeeding just wasn't for me. In fact, nursing prevented me from being the mother I needed to be.
Once I made the decision to pump, then eventually go to formula, I heard opinions on all sides. Sometimes it's difficult to drown out your own mother's thoughts and feelings, to be sure, but here are some times you really shouldn't listen to your mom when it comes to your breastfeeding journey: