You've Heard the Myths About Breastfeeding. Here's the Truth.
Some of the breastfeeding "advice" you'll get may be helpful, but chances are much of it won't be.
Lauwers recommends that you consider weaning only when you and your baby are both ready for it. “But if you reach a point where you no longer enjoy it, you may want to consider weaning to avoid sending negative messages to your baby,” she says.
The myth of sore nipples
- Many women believe that sore nipples are an inevitable part of breastfeeding. The fact is, such discomfort usually is the result of an improper latch—and is therefore entirely preventable. Here’s how to get your baby latched on right.
- Before putting your baby on the breast, position her on her side so she is directly facing you, with her belly touching yours.
- Prop up the baby with a pillow, if necessary, and hold her up to your breast. Don’t lean over toward her.
- Place your thumb and fingers around your areola (the dark area around the nipple).
- Tilt your baby’s head back slightly and tickle her lips with your nipple until she opens her mouth wide.
- Help her “scoop” the breast into her mouth by placing her lower jaw on the breast first, well below the nipple.
- Tilt her head forward, placing her upper jaw deeply on the breast. Make sure she takes the entire nipple and at least 1 1/2 inches of the areola in her mouth.