There are tons of myths and stereotypes surrounding motherhood, and especially breastfeeding. A lot of breastfeeding myths and popular opinions can be hurtful or damaging. Below, we will go over a few of these myths and sort out the truth.

Myth 1- Breastfeeding is the only way to truly bond with your baby.

This is simply untrue and quite damaging to women who cannot breastfeed or who must pump due to their child being in the NICU. There are numerous ways to bond with your baby- chest top chest contact, holding your child while she naps; singing or talking to your baby- the list is almost endless.

Myth 2- Your baby should be on a breastfeeding schedule.

This breastfeeding myth isn’t true- you should feed your child when your child is hungry. All babies are different and not everyone is hungry on a clock work schedule. You know your baby best, and know when he is hungry.

Myth 3- Breastfeeding the right way never hurts.

This is absolutely untrue. Breastfeeding can be extremely painful no matter how well you do it. Your child’s saliva may be contributing to skin break down, which will cause dry and cracked nipples. The new daily stimulation may cause you to be sore, etc.

Myth 4- Breasts need to be full before you breastfeed.

This is such a painful fallacy. If you wait until your breasts are engorged you will actually have a more difficult time trying to breastfeed your child. Engorgement is also one of the most painful things a breast feeding mother can endure.

Breastfeeding can be extremely difficult and some myths and beliefs can even discourage people from breastfeeding, however many studies have proven that breast is best for mother and baby. If you are having a difficult time with breastfeeding, but you still want your child to reap the benefits of breast milk, you could try pumping and bottle feeding.

Get a breast pump through insurance

Aeroflow Breastpumps offers many breast pumps, and breast feeding supplies and equipment at amazingly low prices through our online store. Breast pumps can be expensive, but, per the Affordable Care Act, may be covered at little-to-no cost to you by your health insurance company.

You can quickly and easily find out whether or not your policy covers by completing our simple three step, Qualify Through Insurance form. Your dedicated Breastpump Specialist will contact your insurance company and healthcare provider, verify your coverage and network status, and contact you within 3-5 business days to discuss your pump options and shipment date.

While there are many breastfeeding myths and fallacies flying around, one thing is true. Aeroflow Breastpumps can help you succeed in your feeding journey.