Did You Choose To Breast Feed?

on Mar 12, 2014 @ 10:13 am

I was just wondering what your experience was and whether or not you decided to breast feed or decided to go with a formula?

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I Always Get Grossed Out on Mar 12, 2014 @ 10:37 am

I plan on having kids but every time I think of breast feeding it makes me get a big lump in my throat. I am very educated on the matter and know breast feeding is better for the baby and, of course, everyone wants to do the best thing for their baby/family but I just don't feel comfortable with it? My breast have always been something sexual with my significant other and thinking of having my baby breast feed, just makes me feel uncomfortable. I would like to try but I am very modest and am concerned when my time comes to breast feed when my baby is delivered that I will be pressured into breast feeding at the hospital by a nurse or my family won't understand... I've talked about this with my partner and he understands me but I feel not everyone does. It's such a touchy subject and everyone raises their kids different. I'm not saying I think breast feeding IS gross, I'm saying I feel grossed out. I think providing for your child is a beautiful thing. I was thinking if I couldn't breast feed, maybe I could pump but I feel like I would feel like a cow being milked...I hope this isn't insulting. I just want to know if anyone else feels this way?

Yes, for 15 months on Mar 27, 2014 @ 02:29 pm

I breastfed my baby exclusively (no formula), for the first 6 months of her life, and continued breastfeeding in some capacity until she was 15 months old.

It was challenging at first. But we both got the hang of it and it felt really natural. I loved the bonding time with her. And the cost saving (formula is quite pricey) was great too. She didn't get her first cold until after a year, and I attribute that partially to the great things breastfeeding does to boost immune system.

All of that being said, you have to make the best choice for you and baby. Like most other things in life, my advice would be to give it a shot, try it out, for a month or two, then evaluate. Perhaps it is working great and you continue. Maybe it is causing you stress and you choose to formula feed. Or you might even decide to do a combination of both.

Yes! on Mar 27, 2014 @ 04:58 pm

I breast fed both my children, my daughter I did for seven months and my son I did for a year and a half. I never regretted it and when their sibling joins them in the future I will do it again. The benefits outweighed formula use for my family. That stuff is expensive! lol

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Yes on Mar 28, 2014 @ 09:30 pm

To the first Anonymous, I used to think it would weird me out too, but it doesn't at all. It doesn't feel sexual in any way. It actually really hurts at first (the first few weeks) so any worries you may have about it feeling inappropriate will be instantly banished.

You quickly come to see how important it is for your baby and that it is a special bonding time between the two of you. It's not easy, and not everyone can do it. Sometimes your milk doesn't come in, or the baby won't latch properly or you give up because it hurts too much. I think you should do it if you can, but you shouldn't feel badly if you can't. You just need to love your baby as much as you can and that is all that matters.

i would on Apr 22, 2014 @ 07:34 pm

I would do it or at least try it. It is healthier to do If you can.

Choice on May 18, 2014 @ 08:08 am

I tried breast feeding however it took 5 days before my milk came in so I had to bottle feed. Plus it hurt like he'll. But whatever choice you make will be your choice don't feel pressured to breastfeed if you don't want to

Breast feeding all the way!! on May 19, 2014 @ 01:15 pm

When I found out I was pregnant I decoded right from the start I would be breastfeeding. Not only is it more economical but it allows your to really bond with your baby. I was scared at first and it was hard. But if you can survive the first couple days you will do great!!!

Did it, best choice for our family! on May 23, 2014 @ 12:56 pm

I chose to breast feed both my kids, I couldn't and wouldn't spend the money we had on formula when I was perfectly able to feed them myself.
My daughter had other ideas though when she was born and she could not latch on. I wound up pumping for seven months and when I stopped I had enough milk left over for her that I stored in the freezer. She went on formula afterwards and today she is a healthy happy 9 year old.
My son was latching on the second he was out of the womb lol. He was breast fed for two years and it took a lot to wean him when it came time to stop. He did accept it though and he is an awesome soon to be 6 year old :)

Yes with one and No with the other. on May 23, 2014 @ 03:36 pm

My son I had first... and I breastfed successfully with him. It was an asset to his health and was beneficial.
With my daughter I was under massive stress due to private circumstances, and my milk was not producing enough to feed her. She had to be bottle fed.
My suggestion is based on what your situation is. If you are pumping good milk and are able to feed your baby, you should try. There are nutrients in your milk as well as getting your antibodies, that are not in formula.
Best of luck to you!

Yes on May 27, 2014 @ 11:37 pm

I have breastfed my three children (first two for over a year) and I am still nursing my 6 month old now. None of my children have ever had formula or even drank from a bottle, they went straight from breast to sippy cup.

Breastfeeding can be challenging. In the beginning it is extremely painful and there can be complications like blisters, bleps, blockages and infections (with my first daughter, I had mastitis 5 times!) Despite all of this, I would always choose to breastfeed, not matter how uncomfortable I am; I feel it is a sacrafice I need to make (time, pain, discomfort) to ensure my baby has the best.

A great example was this winter, which was a particularly harsh one for my family. The entire winter we battled illnesses like strep throat, pneumonia but the worst of the illnesses we caught was H1N1. My 2 month old (at the time) tested positive but because I was vaccinated while pregnant and then because I nursed and contracted H1N1 before her, she was protected, recovered quickly and did not need to be hospitalized.

I know that unfortunately not everyone is able to breast feed but if you can I believe that breast is best, not only for the health and financial benefits but its an amazing bonding experience for you and your baby.

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