“Formula feed until milk comes in” — Examples of bad breastfeeding advice often given to new parents

Toni Harman
5 min readJan 23, 2024

Say what? Some of the worst breastfeeding advice given to parents from clinicians… advice that potentially could have damaging consequences for a child’s long-term health.

“Formula feed until milk comes in” — Questionable breastfeeding advice often given to new parents.
“Formula feed until milk comes in” — Questionable breastfeeding advice often given to new parents. Find out why this matters from 25 scientists and other experts at our MICROBIRTH virtual conference Feb 24+ 25. Grab your ticket >>> https://bit.ly/Microbirth2024

How can we expect parents to successfully breastfeed when they are frequently given bad breastfeeding advice by clinicians?

I posted the following question to our Facebook group (mostly midwives, doulas, childbirth educators, lactation consultants and other birth/breastfeeding professionals):

Incorrect breastfeeding advice given to new parents
Posted on Facebook group: What INCORRECT (in your opinion) breastfeeding advice is often giving to new parents?

What INCORRECT (in your opinion) breastfeeding advice is often giving to new parents?

The responses include questionable, sometimes outlandish, and often bad bad advice mostly coming from other clinicians who look after new parents and newborn babies.

These are people who, frankly, should know better.

This advice can not only jeopardise a new parent’s attempt to initiate or continue to breastfeed, but worse, the advice can potentially have negative consequences for a child’s long-term health.

Really? Can it be that bad?

Yes.

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  • The difference between human milk and infant formula
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Toni Harman

I help parents and health professionals better understand the science of pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and the microbiome. https://linktr.ee/toniharman