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  • Writer's pictureChardá Bell, IBCLC, CBE, CD

Stop Listening to Your Friends Lactation Advice

Updated: Nov 28, 2021

Do you know how many times a day I hear, “so my friend told me to take this, do this or eat that, etc” While your friend might mean well, they don’t understand how that can actually be super problematic to your journey and/or breastfeeding relationship. I have to be honest with y’ likely don’t know the right thing to do, even doctors if they are not well versed in lactation. Don‘t DIY it or ride it out. That well intentioned advice doesn't mean it's sound or unbiased, seek professional help.

Stop listening to your friends, if they are not lactation professionals. They don’t know what’s best for you, only you can know what truly works best for you. In order to do that it takes some trial and error and lots of patience. You know what would be a better idea, for you and your friend to come to one of my breastfeeding support groups to get facts on facts about how to overcome all the breastfeeding struggles and challenges you or your friend may be experiencing! You can actually hurt someone with the wrong breastfeeding advice if you steer towards clinical land. Breastfeeding is an art, but it's also a science.

Yes, Breastfeeding can become a clinical problem, so that is what we are all trying to avoid. Birth workers, refer out as needed to best support your client. Please avoid discussing tongue ties, it’s out of your scope

and frankly just scares the shit out of parents without proper lead in or correct information. Please seek out the help of a lactation professional or support group near you if you are unsure. Don’t know where to find one, that’s where your friends' wonderful advice can come in. Which IBCLC or group did they go to, and if they didn’t then you are definitely talking to the wrong person(lol). Bloop, I said it and I’ll say it again, you are taking your advice from the wrong person. I’m just keeping it real and I hope you appreciate it. I know you will benefit from this information so I don’t feel bad for saying it. Now, back to our regularly scheduled blog entries. 😂

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