I have posted a couple times on here now, as I want to breastfeed little tiny when she is born.
I am feeling very nervous and anxious about it, cause I truly want to give it my best, and try and push past the pain, so I can feed her.
Do you all enjoy breastfeeding? or is it more of the case that you want your baby to have breast milk because it is what he/she was meant to have? (please forgive my wording, if it sounds harsh, I am not good at typing what I mean lol).
I never managed to push past the pain, especially with my middle daughter, I bled from the first feed, then had blood blisters on my nipples. But I want my baby girl to have her milk from me, and I would truly love to enjoy feeding her, but at the moment I am feeling very nervous, and also in my mind I worry about school runs & nursery runs, and timing the feeds, but I suppose it would be that way anyways if baby was bottle feeding.
This is turning more into a ramble than a straight forward question lol, I would just love to hear positive stories of people who have had sore nipples/bleeding nipples, and managed to pass through that, and enjoy feeding your baby.
Grrr, I had just written a big long reply and then my internet crashed and it disappeared. But yes, I had sore nipples, a bit of bleeding and a baby who was permamently stuck to my boobs for the first 6 weeks but I have genuinely enjoyed breastfeeding. I still love looking at my daughters face when she feeds, sometimes she plays with my hair, sometimes she pats by boob or face. Sometimes she falls asleep, sometimes she pulls off and smiles, it feels amazing. I felt so proud when I found out she'd regained her birth weight and sooooo proud the day I found out she was the heaviest out of my antenatal group even though she was the only one exclusively breastfed.
I tried breastfeeding because it was the right thing to do. I am still doing it 14 months later because it has been the most wonderful, rewarding thing I have ever had the privilige to do. I'm going to stop feeding Helen soon and although I will be pleased to have a break between babies it's going to break my heart I can't wait to start a whole new journey with the next baby
Oh as for school runs etc, I think BF is easier in a way. If baby suddenly gets hungry half way through the school run just drop the kids off and then feed in the car before you head home. Your boobs go everywhere you do, don't need to be heated up or sterilised so you are never really caught out. You can change your plans at the drop of a hat because you carry the food with you. You can BF anywhere you can sit down. One of my friends has a great pic taken by her OH of the two of us sitting half way up a huge hill we were climbing both BF our babies.
I'm so glad I breastfed, I really hope it works out for you this time
Well, I didn't enjoy it for the first 2 weeks. After that, yes, I loved it.
I knew that my baby was getting the best nutrition possible, and it was so nice to snuggle.
Also, the more kids you have, the less time you have to prepare a bottle. With my third, I couldn't imagine having to make bottles. And then your arms are totally stuck. When you breastfeed, you still have 1 open arm lol.
If you really want to do it, then don't give yourself any other options. . .period. It will hurt for 2 weeks, then it should be much better.
at first I did it because I wanted him to have the best start, when we had big troubles, I did it because I was to bloody stubborn to give up. Then as things go easier, I started to enjoy it more, when growth spurts came along, I told myself that we'd got so far now it would be a waste of all that to give up now, and pushed through again.
By about 4 months I was properly enjoying it, and thats turned into a pure love of it. Its the most amazing, wonderful feeling to know that my boy is still able to get all he needs from me,
I hope I can be as stubborn and not give up this time
I don't drive, so the school runs and nursery runs are walked lol, so hopefully I can time it so she gets a lovely feed before the runs, but my youngest needs help getting dressed still, as she is 2yrs old (she does most of it herself, but sometimes gets things on backwards lol! but she tries )
Never had any pain this time round, i did with my first but that was because i wasn't getting her on right and i soon gave up. Do i enjoy it? Nope, not one bit, i regret it so much but at the same time i don't want to give it up. I feel proud im struggling through some really bad colic, we're having her tested to see if she's intolerant to milk as well and glad that its good for her but its just so much stress for us and her fussing that no, i hate every minute of it.
I love breastfeeding. Honestly in the beginning, it wasn't that hard for me, it wasn't painful but it sucked having a baby on you 24/7. I mean for us, we were told to feed every 2-3 hours, so we'd have to wake him up every two hours and we'd get him latched, he'd fall asleep than before you know it, it was time to wake him up again! That was probably the worst part. But now that he's older, I'm really enjoying it. I mean, it's such a nice feeling to be able to do something between you and your child that absolutely no one else could do. But then again you take on responsibility because if your child is hungry you have to feed them, your OH or other family member can't take over (unless you pump and feed bottles of course).
The one thing I hate about breastfeeding is that I have to pump while I work. I HATE PUMPING!!! But it's all worth it in the end.
i hated it honestly, i didn't bf my others but this time made sure i kept going it is hard work and sometimes question what i'm doing? but only cause some where along the line its always felt kinda akward and just felt wrong. sometimes, i wonder if i'm doing the right thing? but honestly my lo is 3 months, i cant believe it, when i say 3 months, i would never, i mean never would of believed i would get this far?? i have other kids to take care of as well so understand your worries, but tbh you would still find it hard wether you chose bf or ff i actually quite like it now i love the special time i get all snugged up with my baby
already she's getting big so fast, see its all that booby juice lol!!! i found it painful at the start, but managed to get through it. its half term this wk and were out and about lots, which is a real test for any bf mum. but iv'e been out 2 times already today, and fed 4 times lol she's a pig!!! but so far all is good!! no bottles to make or warm ! no one wants to warm them when your out anyway which is a prob in itself!
good luck with whatever you chose and breast is only best if its good for you too! xx
I am worried about not enjoying it, sometimes I am in a little daydream, and dream of feeding my little girl and I feel so happy, but other times, I am very worried about my youngest wanting up when daddy is working, and not being happy because I constantly have a baby on the boob.
I have felt quite selfish at times to, thinking I would never get any 'me' time what so ever, but I have bought a breast pump to, so I might try and pump some breast milk so hubby can help out, when he is able to, like through the night etc.
I have been lucky in respects of my girls being able to take breast and bottle with no problems, but they were only a few days old at that point, so it is not to say this little tiny will be the same.
I was really hoping to hear everyone enjoyed feeding, as I felt it would make me more determined, and look forward to the enjoyment of it (although it is like everything, when your tired, and feeding, it does get to you). But with hearing that some of you don't enjoy it one bit, is leaving me worrying I will feel the same but I suppose at the end of the day, weather I enjoy it or not, it is better for baby.
I just need my focused head now!! and just make sure I manage to do it this time
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