So. The last post was popular. That’s wonderful! But there are more myths to go. I’m going to try to hit them all pretty quickly.
- Yes, you can keep breastfeeding once your baby gets teeth. You wee one will adjust his or her latch to make it more comfy for both of you.
- No, it’s not terribly likely (though perhaps still possible) that your baby suddenly will wean at 9 months. It’s probably a nursing strike.
- Especially if you have a small baby (less than 2 months), there is NO SUCH THING as “snacking”, “comfort nursing”, “using you as a pacifier“, or “getting a bad habit”. With very little ones (less than 3 weeks), they are building your supply. And remember, babies nurse out of thirst as well as hunger. And, just as you take a quick hit off your water bottle, your baby might just need a little bit of milk to satiate thirst.
- If you are pumping and bottle feeding, you can keep trying to latch your baby, even when he or she is older. Here are some tips.
- Breastmilk does not become nutritionally useless when your baby turns one.
And finally, because I keep thinking it’s gone and this awful myth rears it’s ugly little head:
- Your baby starves until your “milk comes in”. Sorry, but you’ve had milk for this baby since before he or she is born. Once the placenta comes free, then your body will start the process of transitioning to mature milk. Colostrom, the milk you have when your baby is born, is the perfect food, in the perfect amount, and does a better job than anything else of helping keep up your baby’s blood sugar, gets rid of meconium, and has unique compounds that you won’t find anywhere else.
Any other mths you’re wondering about? Add them below!