Everyone has a relative who loves to give weird unsolicited advice about parenting during holiday dinners, but it's especially awkward when the topic is your boobs. Breastfeeding is such a hot topic among parents and non-parents alike these days, and that’s why it’s important to know all of the outdated breastfeeding advice so you can tell your great-aunt to hush. (And also so you can feed your baby how you want.)
Breastfeeding is hard, y’all. Every aspect of it. It’s worth it, but for a lot of moms it doesn’t just happen easily. For me, my son didn’t latch — and boy was I disappointed. I studied and studied and researched as much as I could about breastfeeding while I was pregnant. I learned about all the positions you could hold your baby in, the timing, the supply upkeep, everything. I listened to and took notes from my friends and family who had done it in the past. I wanted it to work so badly. And it didn’t. And that’s OK. I was able to exclusively pump a little over a year, and I’m proud of myself for that. Plus, it turns out, some of the advice from my older relatives and friends was a little bit outdated and wasn’t recommended anyway.
Like most things when it comes to raising a kid, breastfeeding information has evolved for sure. As time goes on, doctors and scientists are finding more and more information on everything from pregnancy to birth; car seats; how, when, and what you feed your baby; sleep positions; and more. I spoke with current lactation consultants about what information is outdated and why, and they had some valuable information.