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Old Feb 28th, 2011, 11:24 AM   31
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I was dead set ON breastfeeding from even before I was pregnant with my son. We had a lot of trouble latching in the beginning, because he was jaundiced, and was constantly tired. I almost gave him formula, but decided to pump instead, and lo and behold, I got a TON of milk (10 ounces out of one boob at one pump ) Once his jaundice cleared up, we stopped giving him bottles, and he was breastfed.

My goal was to make it as long as my LO wanted to nurse. He decided about 5 days before his 1st birthday that he was going to stop. To be honest, it was almost a shock, because it was a bonding time for us, which was quiet and just so lovely to relax. But, he did it himself, so I can't complain.

BFing at the beginning is always tough, regardless of what your situation is. I suggest, if you don't already, getting even a hand pump (that's all I've ever used) and take it to hospital with you with at least a few bottles, because if you can't get the baby to latch right away, at least you can feed them expressed colostrum from a bottle!

This time around with this baby, I'll be nursing as well, and hope to have a much better start with no bottles involved at all.

I hope you give breastfeeding a try, and don't set any limits on yourself or your baby. Just go with what's natural and normal feeling for you. You may be very surprised as how much you enjoy it when the time comes.

As far as bfing in public, I always had a nursing cover, and until I was comfortable with it, I would go to a semi-private area and keep myself covered. I don't have a problem seeing other women bf without covers etc in public, but I can't help but think about the effect I may be having on some people if I weren't to cover myself up.

I got to be a pro at bfing in the car but it worked, was comfortable, and I didn't feel like I was being overly exposed, because as much as you don't care once your baby has been born about modesty, it's nice to have some (imo) and try to get it back.

Best of luck!



 
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Old Feb 28th, 2011, 11:43 AM   32
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I found a poncho worked well for breastfeeding in public, no one see's what you are doing. I also found no one actually noticed if you breastfed in public or infront of them (with my second i found this out) depending o the outfits your wearing.

I forgot to say in first post that when i say i breats fed them to 1.5 years - i meant i was they only milk they got. LOL hubby pointed it out that it looked like i contradicted myself :X

I'm so jealous that your son self weened himself off the breast. mine wouldnt entertain anything else. It took me a further year to get them fully off! Oliver was a nightmare as he used me as a comforter. Hoping when i have a 3rd child, that i wont have such a problem weening.



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Old Feb 28th, 2011, 11:47 AM   33
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hey,
i hope to breastfeed. but everyone i know thats done it has had problems which scares me alot! it makes me shudder to think of sore cracked boobies!!
if it hurts to much, ill just use the pumps and carry on for as long as pos. atleast them i know a can be gentle lol
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Old Feb 28th, 2011, 12:06 PM   34
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i have learnt so much from this thread!!
im still a bit skeptical about Bfing in public though...i have a feeling ill be the type to find somewhere quiet and most probably will have something to cover me.

ill deff be giving it a try, i just hope i wont have any problems...is it easy to get a LO into routine for feeding when they are BFing. with my mum being a foster carer ive grew up with babies all my life but obviously they have all been bottle fed and i know bottle fed babies can be put in a routine, but am i wrong in thinking this is different for BF babies...as you wouldnt necessarily know how much they were drinking...would you? (sorry if im just being really daft) xx



 
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Old Feb 28th, 2011, 12:16 PM   35
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I've decided that I won't breastfeed. I hope people won't critisize for it but I just don't want to breastfeed. My mom didn't breastfeed and my sister didn't either even though she did try. She had such pain in her nipples she couldn't. I just don't feel the urge to for some reason. Maybe I will change my mind if I have a LO.



 
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Old Feb 28th, 2011, 12:44 PM   36
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I've decided that I won't breastfeed. I hope people won't critisize for it but I just don't want to breastfeed. My mom didn't breastfeed and my sister didn't either even though she did try. She had such pain in her nipples she couldn't. I just don't feel the urge to for some reason. Maybe I will change my mind if I have a LO.
no one will criticize... i think its totally your decision and totally up to you. i debated for ages over BFing cause i was worried i wouldnt be able to establish a routine (ive mentioned in my previous post), and from my experience babies benefit from a routine, but im coming round to the idea more and more...but im not any less worried about putting a routine in place xx



 
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Old Feb 28th, 2011, 13:26 PM   37
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I've decided that I won't breastfeed. I hope people won't critisize for it but I just don't want to breastfeed. My mom didn't breastfeed and my sister didn't either even though she did try. She had such pain in her nipples she couldn't. I just don't feel the urge to for some reason. Maybe I will change my mind if I have a LO.
I hope no-one does critisize because it is your decision to make!



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Old Feb 28th, 2011, 18:24 PM   38
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Ive got to be completely honest, the idea of breastfeeding once they've got teeth kinda freaks me out. So i'm planning to do so up until about 6 months. Also because the baby will be going to nursery where i work and there are regulations for making up babies bottles anyway let alone with breastmilk. Therefore i think i'd express and the babies bottles at home can be breastmilk and at nursery he/she can have formula. I bet you it wont end up at all like that but at least ive got an idea of what i want to do x
Just being the devil's advocate here but some babies are BORN with teeth. And tons of babies get teeth by 3 months old even!



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Old Mar 1st, 2011, 13:34 PM   39
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I bred feed exclusively for 6 months. I then introduced formula in one bottle a night until 8 months and most bottles except a tea time feed after nursery when I returned to work at 9mths.

Initially I wanted to breastfeed because it was better for the baby but also for ease, cost and less faff!. I was going to do if for 6 months but I absolutely loved it and carried on until last week when she weaned herself off.

I cried when I was planning on stopping when returned to work I loved it that much. I certainly recommend it if you can do it.



 
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Old Mar 1st, 2011, 13:39 PM   40
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To breast feed in public the absolutely best thing to have is a bump band so you do not have your tummy on show, you won't need to buy nursing tops then and have a muslin or pashima to hand to drape over your shoulder. Works just as well as anything else. Your first few times are hard but it gets so easy that your friends sat with you won't even know you are doing it. Trust me I have had shocked friends saying they didn't even realise!!!! I am not exactly small so the bump bands helped loads so my fat was not on show on my tummy@!!!



 
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