When it comes to being a mom, the ridiculous things you hear when breastfeeding probably top my list of "things that drive me absolutely crazy". There's nothing like becoming a mother and using your body to sustain human life, that tends to invite the million unsolicited pieces of advice you never knew you needed. In truth, I know that many of the things that friends and family suggest are well-intentioned, but even with the best motives, they're outdated or ill-informed.
When my daughter was born, I had many, many problems with breastfeeding. Everyone wanted to help, and I truly appreciated the suggestions, but a lot of the time the advice just wasn't appropriate for my specific situation. I had a little girl dropping off the growth charts and refusing the bottle. I had to breastfeed on demand during the day, and wake her up at night to feed so she would get extra calories. Sleep was a pipe dream, and there just wasn't much I could do about it.
Both of my kids seemed to react to one or two things I ate or drank while I was breastfeeding, and I got pretty tired of seeing people's shocked reactions, and replying, "Yes, I'm sure," when someone would ask, "Are you sure the baby is reacting to that food?" I'm their mom, of course I'm sure. People commenting or offering advice saw certain reactions my kids were experiencing once (or maybe not at all), while I had seen them five times, or ten times, or however many times it took for me to notice that there was a correlation. It was so frustrating to constantly remind people that I was the parent, and as such, I know my children far better than they do.
And, sadly, that was just the tip of the iceberg. Here are eight equally infuriating things that people say to breastfeeding moms: