Myth: Nipple pain will go away. It's normal in the beginning. Fact: Nipple pain is not normal. Sure, it can take some time to learn to master a deep latch, but persistent or severe pain should be investigated by an IBCLC.
Myth: Some women just can't breastfeed. Fact: There are some women who will have great difficulty with milk production. This is true. Does it mean they can't breastfeed? No. I frequently work with mothers who partially breastfeed while supplementing with formula or donor milk. Breastfeeding is YOUR decision, and it doesn't have to be all or nothing.
Myth: You need to eat this particular food or drink tons of water to make milk. Fact: Milk production is primarily hormonal. Unless a mother is severely dehydrated or malnourished, her body will make plenty of milk if milk is removed frequently. Moms will feel better if they are eating healthy, but a special diet is not needed in order to produce milk.
Sometimes breastfeeding is just plain hard. Let's face it, sometimes we can feel out of control at times when breastfeeding isn't going as planned. Motherhood in general teaches us that we aren't in control. That's the hardest part, isn't it?
Maybe you have nipple pain. Perhaps you're having to pump and supplement to increase your baby's weight. At times it can feel like things aren't going to get better.
Let me encourage you. THERE IS ALWAYS HOPE. I've worked with so many moms and babies who have overcome numerous challenges. While you're going through the situation, it's hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Take one day at time, or even one feeding at a time. Reach out for help. There are so many breastfeeding resources in the Middle Tennessee area.