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Where Are All the Nursing Moms on TV?

Have you ever noticed that while you’re watching TV and your little is nursing, you don’t often come across a woman doing that exact same thing on your screen?

New moms across the land are doing the Netflix and Nurse thing but the characters on their favorite shows are not. If you see a baby eating, chances are it’s from a bottle or they’re chowing down on solids. 

So what gives?

THE RULES

Well for one thing, the FCC has specific guidelines about this. Now, keep in mind, breastfeeding in public is lawful in many states…but there are certain rules about showing boobs on TV. WCPO in Cincinnati recently came under fire for blurring out imagine of women breastfeeding. The station’s explanation on its website makes sense:

WCPO's intent in blurring a portion of the image was not a choice or judgment call made to censor breastfeeding or perpetuate any stigma against breastfeeding. However, a portion of the woman's breast was visible in the image, and, had we shown the woman's breast on air, our station could have faced fines totaling in hundreds of thousands of dollars.”

The station staff goes on to mention that the photos of women breastfeeding remain happily displayed on their Facebook page though, because the big bad FCC doesn’t impose fines or sanctions there.

THE PAST

There’s a beautiful moment on an ancient episode of Sesame Street (1977) in which a woman named Buffy is breastfeeding her son Cody. As Big Bird asks what she’s doing, she happily explains that Cody is drinking milk from her breast. It’s rare to see something so positive about nursing on TV these days though.

I caught an episode of Bravo’s Odd Mom Out a year or so ago in which the protagonist Jill toys with the idea of moving to Brooklyn from Manhattan. Eventually she decides the place is too “crunchy” for her, but not before insulting from afar a mom who is nursing on a bench.

That exchange is more expected and accepted.

Ever noticed that when the Real Housewives of You-Name-The-City have a baby, the only time it’s being fed it’s drinking from a bottle? Look closely. You won’t see breastfeeding there. 

THE FUTURE

We are lucky to see some reality stars pumping milk, however. Kourtney Kardashian posted a photo on Instagram featuring her hands-free pump. And that is a triumph!

We also see many #brelfie pictures posted by stars too. Most recently, Kardashian’s sister-in-law Blac Chyna posted a pic on Instagram in which her daughter Dream is nursing.

Let’s hope the FCC wakes up soon and realizes that mamas deserve to see characters doing what they do. 

Now sit back, get some popcorn and breastfeed!

The information contained on this site should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your pediatrician and/or lactation consultant.


The Three-Week Hurdle of Breastfeeding

By Jillian Franklin

I always knew I wanted to nurse my children. When I was pregnant with my first child I had visions of myself sitting in my beautiful new glider chair, next to an open window with sunlight streaming in, listening to the breeze blow through the trees as my tiny newborn quietly drank nature’s perfect food from my body… Nobody told me then how unrealistic my fantasy was. In real life, I nursed in hospital beds, on the couch and in the dressing room at Target. Sunlit windows were replaced with dark bedrooms and my newborn wasn’t always so calm and serene. Reality can be disappointing.

I was also never told that if I wanted to succeed at breastfeeding, I might have to fight for it. I heard the horror stories of cracked nipples and mastitis, but all of the books I read said that breastfeeding shouldn’t hurt, and if it does, something is wrong. I was one of the lucky women whose baby latched on perfectly from the get-go, whose milk supply was good and whose baby gained weight right away.

But breastfeeding hurt. It wasn’t childbirth level pain, but it was enough to make me curl my toes and shriek every time my daughter latched on. That initial agony would last for 30 seconds or so and then it would fade. None of my books gave me any reassurance or answers.

I found myself wondering if it was going to be like that every time I nursed. Every day I would hope that I would turn the corner and be one of those women telling other women that they were doing something wrong if it hurt, but every day I was disappointed to feel that screeching pain shooting through my whole body every time my daughter began to eat. I didn’t want to stop nursing, but I didn’t know how I would continue for months if it was going to feel like this.

It was at this point that I received a piece of advice that I am so thankful to have gotten: do not give up during the first three weeks. It sounds so simple, but to a scared, hormonal, sleep-deprived new mom, it was comforting to have a time limit on my suffering. If at the three week mark I was still in pain, I would allow myself to entertain the idea of quitting. Until then, I committed to gritting my teeth and doing what I had so desperately wanted to do for my children.

Then something strange happened.

The pain just faded away in my daughter’s third week of life. I didn’t do anything to make it go away. It just did. I ended up nursing my daughter for two years and that pain never returned, nor did it return when either of my sons was born.

I am not a doctor, or any kind of medical expert for that matter, but I give that same piece of advice to every friend I watch cringe through the early days of breastfeeding. If there are no latch problems or medical issues causing the pain, it will pass. Just give it three weeks.

The information contained on this site should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your pediatrician and/or lactation consultant.


What Breastfeeding is NOT

Breastfeeding is a journey that you and your infant embark upon. In many cases, it's the road less traveled and you are navigating without a map. It can be scary and stressful, frustrating and painful. But it can also be calming, love-filled and even enjoyable.

There are, however, many things that nursing is not. Here are some of them:

Breastfeeding is NOT easy. 

Nope. Not in the least. Not at first anyway. And sometimes, it's never easy. You'd think that with people doing it for thousands of years before us, it would be as simple as breathing. 

Breastfeeding is NOT glamorous.

I mean, if you look at Olivia Wilde's Glamour Magazine photoshoot then you'd definitely think it is. But it can be messy. Ever seen milk squirting like a sprinkler that can't be shut off? Yeah, it's that messy.

Breastfeeding is NOT exciting.

In fact, it is often rather sleep inducing. Ever fall asleep and wake up and not know where you are? Yeah, that kind of sleep inducing. It can also take a very long time depending on the baby. Some children are quick eaters and will only need 15 minutes to get a good meal in. Then, there are the other babes that need an hour and a half on one side because they keep falling asleep or they eat so slowly. No matter what though, it is not a thrilling venture.

Breastfeeding is NOT expensive.

You don't have to go to the store to buy your breast milk. That's definitely a benefit. Sure there are items that go along with breastfeeding to make it easier: nursing wear, nursing pillows, lactation cookies etcetera -- but in all, it's a pretty cheap endeavor. 

Breastfeeding is NOT freeing.

No, it may even feel more like a ball and chain. You can't go places without bringing your little one to eat or leaving breastmilk for him to drink by bottle. You may even feel like baby owns your body even though you've already given birth.

Breastfeeding is NOT without its rewards too. 

The unbreakable bond you develop with baby is incredible. You get to watch her grow and know that she is getting bigger and healthier because of you. The fact that you can comfort her when no one else can, is a remarkable feeling. It may even help you lose some of that pregnancy weight. So at a moment when you're feeling overwhelmed by your nursing journey, remember that there are immense advantages for baby (and for you).


The Things I’d Tell My Pre-Mom Self

Melanie at the microphone

In another life, I wasn't a mom. I was just me. I had a fun and uber stressful job as a news anchor and reporter on the radio. I woke up late and went to bed late. I made plans for the weekend and even looked forward to it. I took trips. I also thought being an adult was tough.

You know that old adage, hindsight is 20/20. Well, I look back now and wish I had seen that all the trials and tribulations I endured in the workplace and in life were preparing me for my role of a lifetime.

If I could visit my pre-mommy self now, I'd have a lot of advice to impart. The old me probably wouldn't want to listen, but I'd talk at myself any way. Here's what I'd tell my past self about the future:

1. GET READY FOR A NEW KIND OF LOVE

You think you know what love is, but you have no idea. You surely love your dog, but the love you will feel for your child is indescribable. Because that love is so strong, you will also feel that much pain. When your child is sick, you will wish it was you who were sick. The emotions you will experience as a mother are far more significant than anything you think is important now. A boyfriend dumps you? Yeah, that sucks. Lose your job? That's pretty terrible. But your child gets hurt? That trumps all. So just know, whatever you're feeling before being a mom, it's probably -- in the grand scheme of things -- not that bad.

2. YOUR BODY IS AMAZING

You can't begin to fathom what your body is capable of. Sure, you've seen your mother pregnant and had plenty of friends who've had babies. But it won't be until you give birth yourself that you'll truly comprehend the complete magic that is nature. Tiny cells that are barely visible under a microscope become a tiny human being. And you'll grow that inside you. Then when that little baby is hungry, you will nourish it. From your breasts. Your body will make just the right combination of nutrients and through breastfeeding, your child with grow and thrive. It's seriously miraculous. 

3. (WO)MAN PLANS, GOD LAUGHS

Anything you ever believed about being able to plan, you should just stop now. Once you have children, you can make grand decisions but you should know, they may not come to pass. You can RSVP to attend an event, for example, and your child will be sick or uncooperative or anything else you could possibly imagine and you'll either have to leave early or forfeit going altogether. You're also going to plan to have a baby in a non-election year so that your colleagues in the newsroom won't be down a reporter, then you're going to get laid off at 5 months pregnant. How's that for irony?

4. DON'T LET YOUR SELF WORTH BE TIED TO YOUR JOB TITLE

Your job defines you. Yes, you're extremely guilty of this one. You think that if you don't have a profession, you're not worth much. Let me tell you, being someone's mom is the toughest gig in the world. Sometimes it's very rewarding. Other times, you feel like you're banging your head against a wall. If you have the luxury of being a stay-at-home mom, you should feel grateful. Sure, it's taxing as all hell, but at least you get to be the one to watch baby roll over for the first time. It's unfortunate that the U.S. doesn't make maternity leave an important agenda, when clearly it is. So if you get to be on call with baby 24/7 as a SAHM, that's a job you should feel proud and thankful to have.

5. MISTAKES ARE BOUND TO HAPPEN

You're going to make mistakes. You can't be perfect all the time. You're going to forget to do tummy time. You're probably going to have a drink a little closer to breastfeeding time than you meant to. You're going to feel so helpless when your baby cries uncontrollably. There will be times when you put her in the crib screaming and you walk away just to maintain your sanity. You may keep a diaper on her longer than you normally like because you've run out and Amazon hasn't delivered the new package yet.

6. TRUST YOURSELF AND YOUR ABILITIES 

Remember that it's all going to be okay. You just keep doing your very best for baby. Keep her as healthy and happy as you can and try not to sweat the small stuff. You're a strong woman and you can do this parenting thing!

 


Can I Still Have My Morning Coffee If I'm Breastfeeding?

caffeine intake and breastfeeding

Can you drink coffee if you're breastfeeding?

In a word, yes. But...

The smell of coffee has been known to help even the tiredest of people drag their body out of bed in the morning. The jolt that caffeine offers when you put your steaming mug to your lips is like a promise that everything will be ok. 

Of course, when you’re pregnant, coffee can sometimes seem like the grossest drink around. Even if you’re not experiencing a complete disdain for that cup of joe when you’re with child, you may still be avoiding caffeine entirely and therefore no coffee goes down your gullet for nearly nine months.

Then you have a baby and what you thought being tired meant is a joke compared to what you’re feeling now. So you reach for your favorite vanilla flavored pod…but wait… is that ok?

EVERYTHING IN MODERATION

Experts say moderation is key. Drinking a small amount coffee (one or two cups) is typically just fine. But it's important to note that preemies and babies under six months may be more susceptible to the effects of caffeine since they can't metabolize it as easily as older babies. 

A recent study in the medical journal Pediatrics found that there was no correlation between the sleep habits of little ones and their mamas’ caffeine intake during pregnancy and while nursing.

HOW MUCH CAN I DRINK?

That said, drinking two or more cups a day is usually a no-no. Caffeine is a diuretic and will dehydrate you at a time when you need to keep hydrated. You're making milk, after all.

Another thing to remember is that even you’re only having one cup of java in the morning, if you then have a candy bar and two cans of Coke, you’re going to really overdo it in the caffeine department.

Here’s a quick guide for common foods and beverages and what amount of caffeine they contain.

The information contained on this site should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your pediatrician and/or lactation consultant.


Top 5 Perks to Online Shopping

Online shopping for mom and baby

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By Jonathan Kistner
Follow me on Twitter @JonAshKis

Five Perks To Online Shopping

“Of moms with smartphones, 62% use shopping apps.”

With all the technological advances in the past 15 years, you’d be crazy not to consider online shopping. Since 1932, Black Friday has been regarded as the beginning of the “Christmas shopping season.” However, in 2005 The National Retail Federation coined the term “Cyber Monday”, which refers to a noticeable rise in online traffic and revenue. This first Monday after Thanksgiving is considered to be the mark of the “online shopping season.”

THE TREND

Does this online shopping trend carry out through the rest of the year? Absolutely! There are many benefits to online shopping, especially for new moms who can't manage to leave the house with baby. More and more we see retailers becoming accessible online. Also, it’s become a common trend to only have an online store. As opposed to a physical location, those with an online store are accessible for just about anywhere− as long as you have an internet connection.

So what are the perks of being an online consumer?

1. Online shopping suits my indecisiveness.

Truth be told, I’m a very indecisive person. There have been instances where I’ve been at Target in the same isle for 20 minutes trying to decide whether I’m about to make a good purchase or not. Online shopping eliminates the guess work! I simply add something to my wish list, and in a week or so I can come back to it. This gives me time to think about my purchase and when I revisit my wish list I’ll either decide to hang on to it or say “What was I thinking?” and delete it.

2. Internet-only options.

Sometimes there will be special sales or products that are only available online. This ranges from rare collector’s items, to hard-to-find sizes, or specialty beauty products. And if you buy directly from a brand, you'll likely get VIP options only available to those who sign up with them...

3. Buying online can save you money.

Many stores will send out email alerts for sales and deals that they have going on if you choose to sign up. This is a great way to save some cash and know that you're buying from the people that make the product and know it best.

4. Shopping on the go.

One of the things I love about online shopping is you can do it from anywhere! Lots of people like to play games on their phones to kill time, but usually if I’m waiting at doctor’s appointment or about to go out I will hop online and check out the latest deals!

5. House rules.

Some stores can be so strict, “No shoes, no shirt, no service”…no thank you! If you’re a mom, I’m sure you don’t want to round up your kids and hope they behave themselves while you’re out shopping. From home, you can breastfeed while you click “Confirm Purchase”. That is multitasking at its finest. 


Happy World Breastfeeding Week 2016

World Breastfeeding Week 2016

World Breastfeeding Week 2016: Sustainable Development

By Jonathan Kistner
Follow me on Twitter @JonAshKis

Every year, more than 120 countries celebrate World Breastfeeding Week during the first week of August. The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) was established in 1991 with the goal of restoring the global breastfeeding culture and provide breastfeeding support.

WABA launched the inaugural World Breastfeeding Week in 1992. Now 24 years later, this celebration is supported by organizations including UNICEF, the World Health Organization along with various governments.

This year's theme is Breastfeeding: A Key To Sustainable Development. This emphasizes how breastfeeding is a crucial component to our wellbeing from birth. The goal is to further the conversation about respecting one another and the world we all live in.

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS

2016 marks the beginning of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Over the next 15 years, this idea is for the breastfeeding movement to connect with an assortment of development issues aimed at ending poverty, protecting the planet and ensuring prosperity:

1) Nutrition, Food Security and Poverty Reduction.

2) Survival, Health and Well-Being

3) Environment and Climate change

4) Work Productivity, Empowerment, Social Protection

5) Sustainable Partnerships and Rule of Law

Sustainability goals


Help For Breastfeeding Moms Is Just A Click Away

When breastfeeding is tough

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By Jonathan Kistner
Follow me on Twitter @JonAshKis

Whether you’ve just had a baby, expecting soon or thinking about getting started on the path to motherhood, it's important to know this: breastfeeding isn’t easy, at least, at first. Fortunately, there are several great resources available to help answer your breastfeeding questions, big or small. From state and federal programs to international board certified lactation consultants, it’s all a matter of locating the best resources for you.

To help get you started, I’ve compiled a list of a few resources that can point you toward getting the help you need with breastfeeding.

LACTATION CONSULTANTS

Board Certified Lactation Consultants can help with prenatal counseling, positioning and latch, breastfeeding positions and infant latch, as well as helping moms learn about nursing in challenging situations including feeding multiples, sick infants or those with special medical needs. To find a Lactation Consultant in your area, click here.

LA LECHE LEAGUE

Their mission is to “help mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education.” They strive to encourage the importance of breastfeeding and how it can impact the development of both mother and child.

Check out this link to find a local La Leche League group in your state!

BREASTFEEDING USA 

A breastfeeding counselor can provide information and support about breastfeeding to both pregnant mother and mothers having difficulty breastfeeding.  The counselors help women with basic breastfeeding challenges and questions. They are experienced breastfeeding mothers, who have more than likely faced the same obstacles you are dealing with. These counselors are accredited through the completion of a comprehensive breastfeeding education program. You can find support in both one-on-one and group settings. 

A GREAT READ

The Amazon #1 best seller, Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers, is a great guide for new and expecting mamas. Nancy Mohrbacher and Kathleen Kendall-Tackett PhD, with a foreword by Jack Newman MD, the book covers topics such as finding relaxing breastfeeding positions, establishing ample milk production, and overcoming “discomfort and mastitis.”

THE POWER OF THE INTERNET

Social media can be a great place to begin your search for help. While there are countless breastfeeding blogs, message boards, and chat rooms for new mothers, it's best not to rely on those resources for medical advice. And of course, talk to your OBGYN and your pediatrician!

The information contained on this site should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your pediatrician and/or lactation consultant.


Top 10 Reasons It’s Awesome To Be A Mom (Sort Of)

Mom and baby

Being a parent is a magical thing. It's also a really overwhelming undertaking. Like, if you're a breastfeeding mom, for example. At first it can be so painful and tough that you almost want to give up. But eventually, often with help, perseverance and patience, nursing can become an enjoyable thing you share with your little one. 

We've compiled a (somewhat tongue-in-cheek) list of the top reasons being a mama is cool. Tell us what you'd add to the list below in the comments!

  1. It’s so cool to have a mini me. Imagine holding someone who looks like you or your baby’s daddy. If you've never had anyone in your family look like you, this can be an especially amazing feeling.

  2. You never have to feel lonely in the bathroom ever again. Because, you know, going to the bathroom with the door shut is way overrated. The kids always find you.

  3. In fact, you’ll never feel lonely anywhere ever again. Even when you’re alone, you may have a momentary panic about where your baby is…then you’ll realize she didn’t come to the bar with you and your girlfriends on mom's night out.

  4. Your perspective on what constitutes clean clothing can change. A little bit of spit up on your shoulder? Nah, that doesn’t really warrant putting on a new top.

  5. You no longer take sleeping in for granted. Remember when Saturday meant no alarm clock? Forgetaboutit. You'll be up when your kid is up. And sometimes, you'll get up before them just to check that they're still breathing.

  6. You learn quickly that you are a super-responsible adult. Who knew, right?! Now you’re taking care of another living, breathing being who relies on you for absolutely everything. And you’re doing a great job…well, as great a job as you can on little to no sleep.

  7. If you love dressing up, you’ll adore dressing baby up and taking pictures even more. There’s a life-size doll in your midst that is seriously the cutest person in the land and you get to take pictures of her in this tutu and that itty bitty bikini.

  8. You get your very own birth (or adoption) story to share. All moms remember every single spec of detail about the way their child came into the world and they can’t wait to share it with you, the mailman, the guy bagging their groceries, anyone willing to listen, really. No gory part is to be omitted in the retelling either.

  9. You finally get what all your friends who are parents are talking about. You are no longer on the outside of the mom club. You, too, now have anecdotes to share that receive chuckles and nods. Isn’t it great to bring something to the conversation now?

  10. You will never experience a deeper more devoted love to another human being. Yes, you love your dog. It's not the same.


Postpartum Depression 101

Signs of postpartum depression

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By: Jonathan Kistner
Follow me on Twitter @JonAshKis

One of the happiest moments in a woman’s life should be having her baby. The term,  Joys of Motherhood, exists for a reason, right? Though bringing home a new baby can usher in many wonderful experiences, it can also be an extremely stressful time.

Research shows that as many as 85% of mothers may experience the postpartum blues a few days or weeks after giving birth. The baby blues are considered a mild, brief stint of depression that's likely to be short term.

Another scary statistic is that as many as 20% of new moms experience a more severe form of depression. Postpartum Depression (or PPD) is more than the blues. It can interfere with daily life. In rare cases, women may develop postpartum psychosis.

Women who have had the baby blues are also more susceptible to developing full-blown postpartum depression. Symptoms of PPD include intense feelings of despair, sadness, irritability and anxiety. But unlike the baby blues, these symptoms may linger for months. There is no question that PPD affects a woman's ability to function, especially when are unable to connect to those around them and most importantly their newborn. Left untreated, symptoms can worsen.  

There are numerous symptoms of PPD. I’ve narrowed down the list to those which tend to be most common. For a full list, click here.

  • Change in appetite
  • Feeling unable to love the baby or your family
  • Anger toward the baby, your partner, or other family members
  • Fear of harming your baby; these thoughts may be obsessive, and you may be afraid to be left alone in the house with your baby.
  • Feelings of doubt, guilt, helplessness, hopelessness, or restlessness
  • Lethargy or extreme fatigue
  • Loss of interest in hobbies or other usual activities
  • Feeling emotionally numb
  • Frequent calls to the pediatrician with an inability to be reassured
  • Recurrent thoughts of death, which may include thinking about or even planning suicide
  • Obsessive-compulsive thoughts and behaviors that are intrusive

If you feel you like you may be at risk for Postpartum Depression, please talk to your primary care doctor or OBGYN. You can also take this quiz to see if you're exhibiting any signs.

Even if you are unsure whether you're at risk of PPD, it's better to reach out for assistance just to make sure everything's okay.

Here is a complete list of specialists who may be able to help you. And please, remember that there's hope and help out there.

The information contained on this site should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your pediatrician and/or lactation consultant. 


Removing The Stigma of Postpartum Depression

Postpartum depression

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By Jonathan Kistner
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Postpartum depression doesn’t discriminate. Women of any socioeconomic status, age, or race can be affected by it. Some reports indicate you may be more susceptible to postpartum depression if you have a family history of depression. Yet, there is no one cause for PPD. Physical, emotional and lifestyle stressors are often considered to be triggers.

THE STIGMA

Back in 1999 the U.S. Surgeon General considered stigma to be one of the chief obstacles to mental health care. Many of us know that stigma sets people apart in a negative way, forcing them to be “the others” or different. When a person is labelled solely by their illness, they are more likely to experience prejudice attitudes or even discrimination.

A 2006 study out of Australia found that 1 in 4 people would not even employ someone with depression because they felt it was a sign of personal weakness. With stats like those, it's no wonder those with mental illness tend to isolate themselves from others; this occurrence is known as social distancing. 

THE MOM WITH PPD

When the stigma lessens around mothers with postpartum depression, they will finally be able to receive the help they need. Instead of ostracizing new moms, it’s important to create safe, healthy environments. Women who experience PPD are likely dealing with symptoms of anxiety, irritation, exaggerated manic mood swings, or feeling emotionally numb. Throw in the stigma and now they’re juggling feelings of hopelessness, shame, and a hesitancy to seek help.

WHAT WE CAN DO

As a society we must challenge the stigma. It is our responsibility to create a mentally healthy community that supports recovery and reduces discrimination.

Here are a few ways to help:

  • Speak up! Have open conversations about mental health with friends and family. Help to dispel their false beliefs and negative stereotypes.
  • Share your own experience with mental illness. There’s no need to hide, or be ashamed of a part of you. The more you discuss the issue, the sooner it will be normalized.
  • Learn and share the facts about mental health and mental illness. Do your best to correct false and exaggerated depictions of mental illness in the media.
  • Offer support to people when they are physically or mentally unwell
  • Don’t label or judge people solely on their mental illness.

There is help and there is hope.

The information contained on this site should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your pediatrician and/or lactation consultant. 


4 Common Breastfeeding Myths Debunked

Myths about breastfeeding your baby

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Setting the record straight

By: Jonathan Kistner
Follow me on Twitter @JonAshKis

Myth#1: You Must be an “Unfit Mother” If You Don't Nurse

In the United States there is quite a stigma around breastfeeding− you’re damned if you do and you’re damned if you don’t. In my research, I’ve come to learn there is this shaming that occurs when you’re incapable of breastfeeding your child. Yet, there is a shaming going on when you're nursing in public?!

While breastfeeding provides noteworthy benefits for both you and your baby, if you decide not to or simply can’t, that doesn’t make you any less of a mother. Be confident about what and how you feed your baby. As a mother, you’re entitled to these choices; don’t let anyone shame you for them!

Myth #2: Pain is Part of the Process

Though it’s common to feel discomfort, breastfeeding shouldn’t be tortuous. According to experts, for decades we’ve been teaching new mothers positions which make breastfeeding even more “difficult and painful.” In the past, most positions “mimicked bottle feeding.” However, authorities on the subject are beginning to embrace a transition toward natural positions. This allows mothers to recline while their babies rest their weight against their mother’s body.

Myth#3: It Will Cause Your Breasts to Sag

This isn’t the case! Actually, droopy breasts are a result of pregnancy. Experts explain it like this: you gain weight throughout your pregnancy and experience hormonal changes. These factors cause your breasts to become heavier. The size is only temporary. When you start nursing, you may notice that your breasts are a bit swollen; this is called engorgement. Once you have established a feeding routine, they should decrease in size. Your breasts will return to their pre-pregnancy size after you wean the baby.

Myth#4: After Drinking Alcohol You Have to "Pump and Dump"

Admittedly, prior to my research, I thought this myth to be true. Well…myth busted!

Instead of throwing away valuable breast milk, sensibly time out your glass of wine or cocktail. Experts explain that after drinking, the alcohol will leave your milk at the same rate that it leaves your bloodstream. Simply wait it out.

In order to make sure your milk is good, you should “wait at least two and a half hours” before nursing again. There are also dip test strips you can purchase. They allow you to sample your milk to confirm it's clean. For those of you who like to plan ahead, consider pumping milk ahead of time. This will ensure you have untainted milk for your baby in case he becomes hungry while the alcohol is still in your system.

The information contained on this site should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your pediatrician and/or lactation consultant.