Breastfeeding Myths - Truth or Fiction?

Tuesday 1st August 2023 marks the start of the World Health Organisation's World Breastfeeding Week.

Breastfeeding remains a debated and somewhat taboo topic - used to shame both parents who don't and often those who do as well, especially if in public.

For those who choose to, can, or have to, breastfeeding has strong benefits for baby. But it doesn't come without a cost to mum. The Rohr team is all female, majority mothers, and we talk a bit about the myths below. But you can find out more here

1. Breastfeeding is cheapest

Yes... and no. Breastfeeding takes a woman about 1,800 hours a year - about the same as a full-time job. Workplace challenges remain the most common barrier to breastfeeding, and only 42 countries currently mandate workplace breastfeeding facilities.

2. You can use any skincare when breastfeeding

Most beauty products are absolutely fine for you to use when breastfeeding. However, natural, chemical-free products are often encouraged - especially on areas the baby will come into contact with, such as the chest and breast. Skin-to-skin contact is important to have with your baby, so make sure it is not an irritant to them.

3. It is normal for breastfeeding to hurt.

There can be some initial discomfort when getting the baby to first latch, however, it is not supposed to be painful. If you do feel pain, it is important to reach out to your health nurse or doctor to work out a solution. Cracked nipples are a common complaint in the early days, try using our Gumbi Gumbi Lip Balm to calm and soothe in between feeds. 

4. Breast is best.

How we feed our babies does not deserve any judgement. A fed baby and a healthy, happy mother is what matters above all. Many new mothers may try breastfeeding, but it doesn’t always work out as they had hoped. 

5. Breastfeeding is a niche topic, only mothers care about

Breastfeeding has far reaching consequences, especially in regions with higher poverty and infant mortality, and can be linked to all 17 of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.