“It will spoil my baby.”
Untrue, says Williams Sears M.D., pediatrician and Babytalk contributing editor. Parents worry that nursing on demand will create clingy and dependent children. The truth is you can't spoil a baby by promptly meeting his needs or by breastfeeding, Dr. Sears says.
“Bottle feeding is easier.”
The time it takes to mix, heat, feed and clean bottles, as well as having to shop for the formula, adds to the preparations, Zeigler says. “Moms I counsel will walk me through all of the steps they take to make a bottle or plan an errand,” Zeigler says. “Usually, I could have breastfed my baby by the time they're finished.”
“My baby has thrush.”
Two to 5 percent of babies experience thrush — a yeast infection in baby's mouth that can be transferred to your breasts — and, yes, it hurts. Call your pediatrician and get a prescription of antifungal medication for both of you. Air-dry your nipples after each feeding and wash bras daily. If both mom and baby are being treated, continue breastfeeding. If not, speak with your pediatrician about your options.
“I don't want anyone to see me nursing.”
Nursing in public can be done without drawing attention. Practice in front of family, other moms or even a mirror. A nursing cover (try Bébé au Lait brand, available at Motherhood Maternity) or nursing clothing (we like the selection at milkstars.com) can help too.