Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, Ph.D., coauthor of Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers, puts to rest a few persistent myths.
Myth: Milk flow is determined by diet and sleep.
The real deal: Your milk production is mainly affected by the fullness or emptiness of the breasts — full ones make milk slowly; drained ones do it quickly. Feed frequently to “empty” the breasts, and spend lots of “skin-to-skin” time with baby — it triggers hormones that help you make more milk.
Myth: Ten minutes per breast, every two hours.
The real deal: It’s better to let your milk flow and your baby set the rhythm. Keep in mind that your milk “storage capacity” is determined by glandular tissue — breast size has nothing to do with it.
Myth: Sore nipples are impossible to avoid.
The real deal: Yours will be less tender if they reach the “comfort” zone — the soft tissue at the back of baby’s mouth. To get there, line up her nose and your nipple, her chin touching your breast. When she opens, gently push her upper back to plug her in.