Breastfed or bottled and why?

on Oct 23, 2014 @ 12:34 am

I breastfed both of my girls the first til 9 months and the second til 11 months...
It was easiest for me and my lifestyle. I actually wish I would have breastfed longer and when I was done, I never pumped after either to continue with breast milk...that part didn't really work for me. How about you?

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Breastfeeding is best on Oct 23, 2014 @ 01:00 am

I breast fed until my daughter was almost 16 months. When I returned to work, I pumped and froze some of the milk so that she could be fed when I wasn't there. I wanted to pass on the immunity that I have already built up in my body. Plus it's better for her too. More natural than some formula that's created in some laboratory.

Wow! on Oct 23, 2014 @ 01:08 am

See 16 months just seems better to me! Good for you! That's what I got all the time someone saying "good for you" meanwhile I was thinking. Good for baby. I felt lucky though, some babies don't take to the breast and just require bottle. It happens.

Some breast milk is better than none on Oct 23, 2014 @ 01:44 am

Some is better than none. You did it for a total of 20 months for both your girls. I have friends/coworkers that frowned on me for pumping during my lunch period. But I just ignored it and went on doing what is best for my baby. I actually enjoyed BFing it was a way of bonding with my child.

both on Nov 13, 2014 @ 06:52 pm

I'm 34 weeks now and if I can, I intend to breastfeed and also bottle feed with my breast milk. So my husband can enjoy some bonding time as well with the baby and the baby can easily be looked after by others with my milk still providing its nutrients. I'm really hoping I won't need to use formula as I'm not sure we can even make room for it in the budget, which is already stretched pretty thin.

Awesome! on Nov 13, 2014 @ 07:05 pm

I hope you are able to breastfeed and pump! It's so rewarding and free! I don't know what I liked better, bonding or the price tag! I am about 8 weeks right now with my third and am thrilled to be able to breastfeed once more!

Ali de Bold
Both on Nov 14, 2014 @ 06:11 pm

You can have the best of intentions to do one method or the other but you never know how your body or your baby are going to react. I had to do both breastfeeding and formula for my son because he wears ferociously hungry and I didn't have enough milk. For my daughter the breast milk was enough. I think all that matters is you do the best you can and focus on loving your children to the best of your ability.

FF on Nov 16, 2014 @ 02:35 am

While pregnant, I was adamant that I would breast feed. Well, my body had different ideas. I produced less than an ounce of milk per day, and was forced to formula feed. Both my kids are really healthy and smart anyways.

Both, but mostly FF on Nov 21, 2014 @ 03:03 pm

I nursed our daughter for all of 5 weeks. It was a terrible experience for all involved. The bonding never happened for us. Sadly, I resented her each feeding time. I was reluctant to feed her formula but when the proof was clear, that she NEEDED more sustenance than I could provide (even after working closely w/ several LCs), it was sooooo amazing to see her guzzle down a bottle of formula and watch her relax and be sated and satisfied for the first time in her life. Her relief brought me to some relief and we never looked back. Our daughter is 17 mos old and just amazing. Formula was the best feeding choice for our family.

Both, essentially... on Nov 21, 2014 @ 03:15 pm

You should breastfeed as long as possible. You have nutrients and antibodies in your milk that does not come in formula.
There are cases where women cannot, and have to use formula.
I have two kids.
My son was breastfed for almost a year. When they teeth came, the boobies were put away.
My daughter was breastfed for a couple months only. I was so stressed that my milk dried up and I had to bottle feed her or she would starve.
It really all depends on the mother and how she is coping physically and mentally. Don't NOT breastfeed for selfish reasons though.

Still breastfeeding at 10 months on Nov 21, 2014 @ 03:25 pm

I'm currently breastfeeding my 10 month old. I've had a wee bit of a problem with milk supply so I wasn't able to pump so we were supplementing with formula on occasion when her Dad got up with her or I was out for a bit, but now that she's on solids we don't even use the formula anymore, just regular food and occasional breastfeeding. I'm going to try to continue for at least a few more months but as her teeth come in I get worried haha ;)

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