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Old Feb 3rd, 2011, 15:26 PM   1
wishandwant
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Breastfeeding


As the title suggests this thread is about breastfeeding

I just wanted to know what your opinion on the matter is? If when you have a LO will you do it or not?

I am a little uneasy about it and dont think I will to be honest and when I ever say this to anyone I get my head bitten off and get given the vibe that if I dont I'll be a terrible mother!!!

I just think its up to the individual as there are some women who cant and the baby turns out perflectly healthy and with all the new technology there is the formulas are really good. Clearly theres nothing wrong with it if you want to

what do you all think?

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Old Feb 3rd, 2011, 15:34 PM   2
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I personally think breastfeeding is the most natural and wonderful thing that a mother can ever do for her baby.
Breast milk contains antibodies (no formula can do this) to help prevent infections and it helps to return your body to its pre pregnancy shape.
It provides a chance for you to really bond with baby and you do not need to prepare or sterilize bottles (which is wonderful in the night!, i never even got out of bed with mine!)
I fed both my children until weaning age around 6mths and then they drank from a beaker, i never owned a bottle with either.

Having said all that i do realise some women cannot breastfeed or choose not to and there is nothing wrong with that, its a personal choice :0)



 
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Old Feb 3rd, 2011, 15:56 PM   3
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I have nothing against women that dont breastfeed, some women just cant do it. I personally have breastfed both of my boys but unfortunately they were both very big babies and I just didnt have enough for them so only managed approx3 weeks with my first and 5 weeks with the second. I am hoping to get a little further with number 3 but I never put false expectations on myself as I did with my first and was totally gutted when it went wrong. Breastmilk does contain antibodies and is soooo much better than formula but if you cant do it that doesnt make you a bad mother.

My friend just didnt like the whole idea of it and she expressed for a couple of weeks so the baby would get the goodness of the breatmilk. Maybe that would be an option - I also found when I started to struggle with breastfeeding that expressing helped alot.

But never let anyone tell you it makes you a bad mother!! Believe me I know some women who DID breastfeed and they dont leave anthing to be desired if you get what I mean. ;-)



 
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Old Feb 3rd, 2011, 16:01 PM   4
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When I had my dd I was adamant I would bf, but I was induced early becuase of pre-eclampsia, and ended up having an emergency section, so when I tried to bf - I had nothing for her! I tried for 3 days, and nothing came in, personally I think because my body wasn't ready to give birth! But having said that I loved bottle feeding! You don't need to get up through the night to prepare bottles at all. Ok so you need to add some powder to a bottle but I never once got up to to do it! I went to bed prepared! I thought I would be gutted I couldn't do it, but I wasn't at all. I loved watching dh feed her, and also I got to share those mid night feeds. Next time I'm not oging to even try bf! Formula worked for us. Also my LO has had 4 colds in 13 months, no sickness bugs at all, and has no allergies, nor excema or asthma.

This is one of the topics that can get argumentative, but I think it's because if you have one opinion you are almost criticising someone who has done it the other way. I would just say what works for one person will almost definately not work for the next, so it has to be a personal choice whatever you decide!



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Old Feb 3rd, 2011, 16:20 PM   5
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oh i hope know one thought i was being arguementitive, i just wanted to see what everyones opinion was.

i personally believe everyone should be mature enough in this day and age to accept everyone elses decisions/opinions and beliefs regardless if they feel the same.....if that makes sense? lol



 
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Old Feb 3rd, 2011, 16:22 PM   6
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I love a good old argument! Ha ha! No I know what you mean - I think to know what other people are thinking too!



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Old Feb 3rd, 2011, 20:54 PM   7
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I want to try to breastfeed and do it as long as I can after I go back to work...mainly to save the money we would be spending on formula! I don't really have a set opinion on the breastfeeding versus formula.



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Old Feb 4th, 2011, 00:55 AM   8
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If you peek into the baby club section you'll see BF/FFing threads almost always get locked. But since this is in WTT I think women are going to be more level headed about it because most of the girls in here are first time mommies-to-be so haven't dealt with the judgement yet IYKWIM.

I'm obviously for breastfeeding. I'm still BFing my almost 18 month old. Honestly before I got pregnant and even during my pregnancy, I could've went either way. I figured it'd be no big deal if BFing didn't work out. But I knew I wanted to at least give it a shot. It was a completely different thing once she was actually here. It became this emotional, wonderful thing and the few times I had to give Emma formula when she wasn't gaining weight, I cried the entire time. There's just nothing like looking down at your baby and seeing them look back up at you while you feed them. It's my body that made her grow and my body that continues to give her this amazing nutrition and immunities and comfort when she needs it. And while I love being a breastfeeding mother, I do know it isn't for everyone. I'm the only one in my family that breastfeeds so I'm a bit of an outcast when it comes to that.

Those of you that say you feel kind of weird about it, I was the same way. I had all these ideas in my head about BFing but it truly is an amazing thing.



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Old Feb 4th, 2011, 03:52 AM   9
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I am going to try and breastfeed but I am also going to express so that my OH can be involved in the feeding experience I think it will be important for him to bond!

Both my sisters tried breastfeeding and managed some a month or so but their nipples got so sore and were bleeding (sorry if TMI) that the babies ended up not getting enough food so they expressed and feed that way and then moved on to formula!

my friend tried breastfeeding but was not able to get baby to ever latch and wasn't producing the milk so she has had to formula feed her babies and they have both turned out just fine!

I think it is personal choice and I don't think any less of a woman for not choosing too



 
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Old Feb 4th, 2011, 10:04 AM   10
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I have nothing against women that choose not to breastfeed. It's a womans right to choose. In fact I had the very same opinion whilst I was pregnant. I was adamant I didnt want to breastfeed, I hated the thought. However once I had Summer it just felt natural. When I held her and she automatically looked to me for food it made me feel like her mother, I know that might sound silly but it made me feel needed.*

Unfortunately she was whisked off to scbu for her first 48 hours and was drip fed so I was unable to bond with her and establish good feeding. When we were reunited I was lucky in that we had 3 successful although difficult weeks of feeding before I had to switch to formula as she wasn't getting enough. I put it down to the fact that I wasn't able to feed her right away. I do intend on trying to breastfeed again, although for me personally I still don't find the thought of breastfeeding for too long very appealing and will try to do it for the first 6-8 weeks. I feel proud that I was able to pass on those all important antibodies to her and think it's great if you can possibly just do it for the first few days so they get that.

Having said that I totally respect others' decisions to breastfeed or not and Summer has thrived since starting on formula.*

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