As a parent, advice is hurled at you from all directions. Everything from sleep schedules to the SAT seems to be fair game. And whether they've breastfed or not, there are plenty of so-called experts out there who are happy to give you their humble opinion about breastfeeding. Some of the advice may make you stop and think, while some will just make you laugh out loud. If you are trying to sort through all of the advice and differentiate fact from fiction, you should know that there is some seriously outdated breastfeeding advice you should ignore.
Women have been breastfeeding babies since the beginning of time. And, unfortunately, some of the breastfeeding "facts" that were thought to be true are still being passed around today. You may have been told that you should stop nursing if you're sick, that your breastfed baby will never sleep through the night, or that nursing will keep you from getting pregnant. But in reality, this advice is out of date and should be tossed out right along with leisure suits and mullets.
Although many of your "advisors" mean well, it's best to get your breastfeeding advice from your doctor or a lactation consultant. Here is just a sampling of the most outdated pieced of breastfeeding advice that should go in one ear and out the other.