Post update: As is clarified in the comments from Dr. Greene, the press release I received was never seen by nor was it approved by Dr. Greene. The information presented in the release was a compilation of many different parts of his website, and they were presented in a very misleading way to me. This was the fault of the press release. Dr. Greene supports breastfeeding and even answered questions about breastfeeding a newborn in my next post.
The information I present in the following post is still relevant and true. Please read all the comments to learn what Dr. Greene’s stance on breastfeeding is.
I was shocked and disgusted today as I opened up my email. I received a press release from Dr. Alan Greene with the headline: Story Idea: Breastfeeding Week (Top Five Tips from Dr. Greene)
At first I was intrigued. I frequently write about breastfeeding and love a helpful tip for other moms.
But what the press release stated was not helpful.
- Get a good nipple cream, preferably one that is organic with Calendula in it. Using organic products is important, especially wherever you put your baby’s mouth. Take your nipple cream to the hospital and use it after every feeding to help prevent soreness.
- Don’t feed your baby more often than every hour-and-a-half to two hours. She may want to eat more often, but you will not have the milk she needs in less than an hour-and-a-half (from start time to start time).
First – if there is soreness a good nipple cream can help. But the biggest prevention for soreness is proper latch. Surely he could have mentioned that. He is making it sound like soreness is a normal part of breastfeeding. I hear this over and over. Moms are told they need to keep nipple cream on hand because breastfeeding will hurt. While a painful latch is very common to begin with, it is not a normal part of breastfeeding. In fact, if there is pain, before reaching for the cream a mom should always call a lactation consultant or La Leche League leader to fix that latch before it gets worse.
Next – the more frequently you express milk (by pumping or even better breastfeeding) the more milk your body will produce. This is a well-known fact. Nursing more often and on demand increases supply, not decreases it.
While pediatricians and nurses might be well-intentioned and trained in the medical field, if you ever have questions about breastfeeding, seek help from a board-certified lactation consultant or a La Leche League leader. These professionals are thoroughly trained on breastfeeding, doctors and nurses are not always.