Exposing breastfeeding myths #KBBF 2014

When you are pregnant and when you are a brand new parent, you hear all sorts of breastfeeding myths and stories. I have heard everything from ‘people with small boobs can’t breastfeed’ (I can assure you that is NOT true) to ‘formula fed babies sleep better’ – again, rubbish. Babies sleep when they are tired and eat when they need to. 

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It’s easy for me to say, but please try not to listen to these *ahem* helpful tips. If you have a pair of boobs and a baby, you are all set to breastfeed. When my boys were born prematurely, a lot of people assumed I would not breastfeed, even though that had been my plan all along. They assumed that because they were small and weak and unable to suck, breastfeeding would go out the window. I still to this day do not understand the logic behind that. Yes they couldn’t suck – on a breast or a bottle teat. So to get their milk they would need to be tube fed. For me, the natural answer to this was to express (by hand in the first, colostrum filled day and later by pump), syringe this precious liquid down their tubes and into their tiny tummies and wait for them to grow. I was offered formula ‘top ups’ if I felt the expressing was too much or if I wanted a rest (what’s that about? – mums of full term babies don’t get offered a rest if they don’t ‘feel like’ feeding their babies?!) but for me it wasn’t an option – the boys had expressed breast milk via tubes, then via cups and finally direct from the boob. 

Because I had expressed from the very start, every time they were due a feed, my supply grew in line with their needs. At every tube feed, I put them to the breast and they were provided with a dummy to suck – teaching them the relation between boobs, sucking and an empty tummy while strengthening that suck reflex. Within days, they latched and breastfeeding was never an issue. 

You can feed a premature, weak or poorly baby. Babies are designed to breastfeed, and boobs are designed to provide milk. There is nothing more natural, and special care units are fantastic at supporting this with kangaroo care, tube feeds on the boob, and even teaching you to hand express those precious first drops of colostrum. Don’t give up. Your early baby needs your life giving milk – you can do it!

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  1. dianemjackson5
    June 28, 2014 / 7:26 pm

    I heard that it really hurts – but it didnt

  2. carol boffey
    June 28, 2014 / 7:40 pm

    no thankfully

  3. June 28, 2014 / 8:03 pm

    That the weight “falls off you”..

  4. donna jones
    June 28, 2014 / 8:07 pm

    people saying you dont produce enough milk to satisfy baby

  5. June 28, 2014 / 9:22 pm

    I was well informed thanks to great family and friends

  6. Jade Walsh
    June 28, 2014 / 9:42 pm

    That all your baby weight just falls off you!!

  7. Candise Moore
    June 28, 2014 / 9:52 pm

    I was told that you couldn’t fill a large baby with breast milk alone – my 10lb son was perfectly satisfied for 25 weeks with my milk !

  8. Zoe Roxby
    June 28, 2014 / 11:05 pm

    the whole cabbage leaves thing never worked for me and I agree with Jade you loose your baby fat with it and it was a good contraceptive that why I fell pregnant just two months after having my first son.

  9. Anna R
    June 28, 2014 / 11:40 pm

    Still waiting for the weight loss……

  10. Kel Ellen Hirst
    June 29, 2014 / 12:05 am

    Yes – that none can do it, have since had friends devastated that they can’t produce enough milk

  11. Naomi Buchan
    June 29, 2014 / 1:27 am

    That it’s easy, i got mastitis and ended up being hospitalised for a week! Still carried on breastfeeding though x

  12. Natalie Crossan
    June 29, 2014 / 2:15 am

    I was told that if it was correct (positioning etc) that it wouldn’t hurt and that’s just not true!

  13. June 29, 2014 / 3:45 am

    Nope – boobs are for babies. Simples.

  14. Jennifer morrison
    June 29, 2014 / 8:16 am

    That it was painful

  15. June 29, 2014 / 8:43 am

    No I know enough breastfeeding mums who tell it how it is to know the truth about breastfeeding lol

  16. Leanne Bell
    June 29, 2014 / 10:51 am

    That your baby wouldn’t sleep for long at night if they were breastfed.

  17. Harley
    June 29, 2014 / 11:15 am

    It’s Painful. It’s not at all x

  18. Kirsty Mackay
    June 29, 2014 / 11:20 am

    I’ve been told that my baby feeds too often, but I’ve also been told you can’t overfeed a breastfed baby, which is what I agree with.

  19. July 14, 2014 / 10:27 am

    Thanks for sharing this Kate, it’s an amazing story. Breastfeeding any baby, premature or full term or poorly etc sometimes takes determination and I don’t think enough Mum’s are prepared for that.

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