Breastfeeding Myths


Is taking a breastfeeding class a good idea? We say – Yes!

There are so many myths and silly ideas swirling around about breastfeeding. Sometimes these myths can deter you from even trying or succeeding at breastfeeding your baby. Getting the facts at a breastfeeding class can help you get a good start on your journey.

Let’s debunk some Breastfeeding Myths right now: 

Myth #1: You need to prepare your nipples in pregnancy by rubbing them everyday with a rough washcloth (or worse a toothbrush.)


You don’t need to do anything to prepare your nipples for breastfeeding during pregnancy. We promise!

Myth #2: It is impossible to tell if a breastfeeding baby is getting enough. 

Not true! There are lots of different ways to know if your baby is getting enough breastmilk even if you can’t see the exact number of ounces that your baby has consumed. We will teach you all about this in the Breasfeeding Your Baby class! 

Myth #3: Colostrum is not milk, so you will probably need to supplement with formula for the first few days. 

Colostrum is milk. In fact we usually refer to it as early milk, or first milk. For the vast number of new parents and babies, colostrum is more than enough for the first few days.  

Myth #4: It’s normal for breastfeeding to be painful or hurt during the first few days or weeks. 

It is not normal for breastfeeding to hurt or be painful. If it’s hurting or painful to you, we would like to help you. Breastfeeding should never hurt. Our lactation counselors are here to resolve these issues with you.

With all of the stories that you hear you may wonder if breastfeeding is always difficult? It is not always difficult. It can actually be smooth and easy with the right support.

To learn the truth and get answers to all of your breastfeeding questions join us at our monthly Breastfeeding Your Baby Virtual Class! This class is available once a month on Wednesday evening, from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. All dates are posted on our Childbirth & Baby Care Classes page here.

Topics will include everything from: latching, positions, how often to feed, knowing baby is getting enough, feeding cues, pumping and more! This class is taught live and there is plenty of time to ask questions. 

We hope to see you at our next Breastfeeding Your Baby Class! 

About Christie Collbran

Christie believes in helping women recognize their own inner wisdom, strength and power. Having served as President of the Tampa Bay Birth Network for six years and with ten years serving families as a birth doula, she has a reputation for leadership, dedication and compassion. A childbirth educator, certified lactation counselor as well as a certified doula, she makes a point of ensuring mothers and their partners understand all their birthing options and what to expect on their journey.> keep reading