Breastfeeding myths are like a favorite pastime for me. I love hearing the old wives tales and outdated information that is still being passed around. Sometimes it seems like the breastfeeding world is the only medical entity that is subject to folklore labeled as truth.
My most recent bout with myths are under the heading of milk supply. Of course, we can always look at breastfeeding myths as a whole (which is also entertaining) but milk supply is the focus of today’s headline.
So what do I mean by milk supply myths? Oh, you know – the advice given when a breastfeeding mother is concerned her supply is low, or the comments made by skeptical family members when babies are feeding more than “expected” or the pumped milk looks thin. I’m sure many of the myths and input are from well-meaning humans, but how do you know what’s true based on real evidence and what’s being shared based on what great Aunt Alice once said? Well, sometimes it’s just common sense, and sometimes it takes a little digging and the wherewithal to tell everyone to stop offering their suggestions.
This week on the Badass Breastfeeding Podcast, we are busting some of these milk supply myths. We are pulling out some good ones, and talking about WHY they are’t true and sharing the science behind the information. Is there really less milk in the evening and at night? Could your milk be lacking the fat and nutrients needed to help your baby grow? Just an example of a couple myths floating around out there. Listen to this week’s podcast for the answers.