The moment I found out I was pregnant with my first baby, I realized there's no shortage of parenting advice. From pregnancy to childbirth to postpartum life, everyone had an idea of how I should handle new motherhood, especially when it came to how I fed my baby. But it was my lactation consultant who gave me what I consider to be the best breastfeeding advice for new moms: you can supplement with formula and still meet your nursing goals.
While breastfeeding my three babies to varying degrees, I've received countless pieces of breastfeeding advice — some helpful, some hurtful, and some conflicting. I know I'm not alone, either. As a new parent, it can often feel like one of your primary "jobs" is to wade through a rising sea of unsolicited advice in order to find what works for you and your unique family. It can be exhausting, to be sure, but eventually you'll come across the "right" kind of breastfeeding support — the tidbits of advice that can make you feel confident and capable of doing what's right for you and your baby.
As a mom, one of the best things I've learned is that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to breastfeeding (or parenting, for that matter). How you feed your baby is personal, as is your version of breastfeeding success and the advice you need to make it there.