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What was the worst advice you ever got about breastfeeding in the early days with your baby?

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Carol Langer StitakMIL (who ff both of her kids)- *looking disapprovingly at my adorably squishy 4 month old* "Maybe you should give her LESS milk?" Me- "nope. She nurses when she is hungry and stops when she is full. & our ped says she is perfect!"

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Meredith FisherJust keep putting the baby to breast and pump after every feeding (from lactation consultants to increase my non-existent supply and they forbid me to supplement). The pediatrician told me to stop breastfeeding and formula feed when my son was diagnoses with failure to thrive at 4 weeks old (he was over a pound below his birth weight) and I hated every single second of everything associated with breastfeeding. I formula fed from that day forward and my other babies were formula fed from birth with zero regrets.

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Mia TroegerMy milk was delayed due to csection and hemorrhaging (cane in day 7). The nurses told me I should stop trying to bring it in and just resign myself to only formula for my son. Jokes on them; 15 months and still nursing!

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Samantha Flores"It's easy, people have done it forever, you are just tired and giving up" after 39 hours of labor, emergency c-section, etc. it was NOT easy...and I was insulted as I tried endlessly for weeks, worked myself into ppd...you name it. I had zero supply no matter what I did. My OB saw me (when I begged to see her) and said it was insanity... we went to full formula and baby was happy. So glad my ob knew better than "breast is best". She was the first to say "breast is best".

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Mandie SpencerI had a nurse when I delivered my first tell me, "do not let her nurse more than 10 minutes on each side, you'll be teaching her to use you as a pacifier." Thank God, I knew better! 😳

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Melissa Miller"Pump after every feed! It increases supply!" And also self induced an oversupply, giving me chronically plugged ducts and 3 horrible cases of mastitis. Studyijng to become an IBCLC and i have now learned it is recommended to aboid pumping for the first 8 to 12 weeks and let baby (not a pump) establish supply!

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Jenni McGinnis Anthamatten"Why bother? You were bottle fed. It's so much easier." Btw, it's so much easier to breastfeed after the initial learning period with good advice and support.

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Megan Lynn HallI had read about engorgement, but in my tired postpartum state I didn't realize that's what was happening as my milk came in during my last day at the hospital. I mentioned to one of my nurses that my breasts seemed swollen and were getting very painful, and she told me they were going to stay that way!!! For the first few days I thought there was nothing I could do about it! 😧

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Tori 'Allen' PrendergastThis is why hospitals are going "baby-friendly." Post-partum nurses like myself are continuing to be better educated and knowledgeable about breastfeeding and there is a lot more access to lactation assistance than there ever used to be.

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Karen CraftThe intelligent labor nurse will educate herself and mom on the proper techniques ... things I used to tell my moms when they would get frustrated It's a learning curve for you and baby Baby is not going to starve, heathy babies are equipped to be fine until moms supply is fully in Do not compromise this time with your baby for pushy relatives, this only comes once.. they can wait, they had their time Accepting help does not mean surrendering your baby... real help is a dinner, a quick tidy up while you nap with baby Etc.

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April MarieI have twins. One was an aggressive nurser, one was lazy. I was told to always feed him first so she didn't drink all my milk. The more weight he lost, the more they reinforced feeding him first. After 2 months and continued failure to gain weight I quit. Now I know by feeding him first every time he filled up on foremilk lacking the necessary fat in hindmilk.

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Alyssa WamackNot really bad advice. But when my son was 4 months old my mil had the nerve to ask me how much longer I was going to bf 🙄and one day my dh and I got into it and he was like I'm sick of him always being attached to you, I never get to hold him. So my response well if you want to get a second job to pay for formula then be my guest. He never mentioned it again after that! 😂

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Elisabeth BoudreauxI had multiple nurses (at check ups, etc.) ENCOURAGE me to supplement, even though we were doing fine strictly nursing and baby was gaining plenty of weight. There was lots of other bad advice and a general lack of support, but I think that bugged me the most!

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Chelsie DetermanI was pulling my baby off rather than breaking the suction and I was complaining about really bad pain, obviously! The nurse said, "well honey, if you want to do this you're gonna have to deal with it." Completely looking over my instincts and the fact that their was a mojor mechanical error. I was so pissed and felt extremely belittled.

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Charlee LacyStart pumping on day 1..my body thought I had twins for months.. wanted to quit nursing ..until I called LLL for help.. a real lifesaver!

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Leah InkrottA LLL BF Consultant told me that the baby wasn't getting enough milk and had a tongue tie, but ONLY this specific doctor could take care of it. Fortunately that doctor had recently left the practice and another doctor refused to do the procedure because there was no tie and 3.5 years later there has never been any indication that it did exist. 😡

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Lori L LewisBeing told I would fail as a working/breastfeeding mom. I had the sitter bring the baby to my work. The nurses lounge is for nursing right? I nursed her longer than any of my kids just because

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Megan HecoxSamantha Flores I am a firm believer that my C section screwed up my ability to breastfeed also. After about 3/4 weeks of pumping and minimal formula I went full formula. It was not worth the stress, time & delaying the inevitable. Plus I knew at least my kid wasn't starving!

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Lynsey McFarlaneHave to say I had no bad advice but the best advice I got from nurse with first child about positioning was imagine you were drinking from a can you tilt your head backwards. Same with baby make sure head it tilted back chin pressing in and nose well clear. After that I had no cracked nipples 🤗🤗

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Delia BoveIn the 70's we were told NOT to breastfeed. "DDT, the cancer causing pesticide, would be spread to our babies via breast milk." So very sorry I listened to that sage advice. 😥

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Crystal Bove DobriScrub your nipples with a toothbrush to prepare for breastfeeding, from a well-intentioned med-surg colleague. 🙄

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Cindy EaddyI was before my time with breastfeeding (1976). No help. Just figured it all out on my own.

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Tessa Bonman-RobinsonThat it would make me loose weight 😠😠😠 nope, it didn't.

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Robin Futterman KaphanMy ped told me to give water with Karo syrup between nursing because my son was losing weight on breast milk.

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Lori Haight GregoriYour nipples are too small. Use a shield. Lasted about 3 weeks.

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Adventures of a Labor NurseHaha very true!

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Crystal Craine BarbeWe ARE very creative lol. If not, we'd never get our way with the docs!

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