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Old Feb 25th, 2011, 17:29 PM   1
MissKM
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Breastfeeding??


Hiya girlies...

whats everyone opinions on how long to breastfeed for??
have you or will you be breastfeeding? what are your reasons?

im partly being very very nosey but im definitely going to breastfeed when i have a LO (when i eventually TTC) and was sat considering how long to breastfeed for xx



 
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Old Feb 25th, 2011, 17:42 PM   2
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Hellooooo I think when i have another i probably wont breast feed this time round...
I had such difficulties breastfeeding with my first and suffered such sore nipples (TMI sorry!) So im a little sceptical about trying to breast feed again



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Old Feb 25th, 2011, 18:00 PM   3
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aww that doesnt sound good. how long did u breastfeed for with your 1st before you stopped?
were they sore from your LO sucking? sorry if im being too nosey x



 
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Old Feb 25th, 2011, 18:16 PM   4
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I only breastfeed for around 2-3 weeks, and yeah were very sore, cracked and bleeding from my little man not on the nipple properly the first time i ever breast feed. so they were sore from day one and everytime he wanted the boob lol



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Old Feb 25th, 2011, 21:48 PM   5
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Most women have sore nipples in the beginning. I cracked and bled too but I was super determined and gritted my teeth through it. We struggled for a while but at about 6 weeks, it was like a switch and things were finally clicking into place and feeling better. Typically, 6 weeks seems to be the magical time where things start feeling better for women with breastfeeding. And some women have no pain at all! But it is most definitely not true that it 'should'nt' be painful.. The latch was perfect with Emma and I. We had it checked by a few different nurses. But it was still painful because my nipples just needed toughening up I guess.

I am currently still breastfeeding my daughter. My main goal was to at least make it to a year. And now my goal is 2 years before I plan on gently weaning her off. I'm fine feeding up to 3 years but that is my absolute cutoff point so I plan on starting at 2 if she is still going at that point. That way by 3 hopefully she will be done.



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Old Feb 26th, 2011, 02:44 AM   6
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Well, before I got pregnant I felt odd about the whole thing but when pregnant was set on 6 months because I felt like it started to seem strange after that. My son is close to 10 months now and I am still doing it with the plan on starting to get him off it at a year old. I am not looking forward to it though as it is the only thing that keeps him calm. I admit that people teat me like a weirdo for still doing it though, maybe it is because my son is tall, active and looks older than he is.



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Old Feb 26th, 2011, 03:02 AM   7
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I had pain for the first week, its normal while your nipples 'toughen up'

I'm hoping to go to 2 years or maybe more, so I might even end up tandem feeding! xxx



 
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Old Feb 26th, 2011, 04:05 AM   8
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My original plan was actually to pump and feed expressed milk, but when it came time I didn't have a nice fancy pump but I had two big leaky boobs so the choice was obvious! I said I would breast feed for 6 months, but felt like I would only make it to maybe 2 or 3. As time went on though it just got easier and easier. When 6 months came around I just laughed at the thought of dealing with bottles and making up formula! 8 months on and I'm still happily breastfeeding! Sometimes I wish I could stop, just to have my boobs back, but I don't have much of a choice since BFing is a huge comfort to my baby it always makes her so happy =)



 
Old Feb 26th, 2011, 04:36 AM   9
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I breastfed Summer for 3 weeks but had to stop as I wasn't producing enough milk for her. I was so upset when I had to switch to formula but as the midwives kept reassuring me she'd had the most important stuff in the first few days. I'd hoped to do it for 6 months. Since she went on formula she is a much happier and contented baby.

I will definitley try again when I have another baby but I won't stress if I'm not able to do it for as long as I wanted. I put far too much pressure on myself last time and got so upset. I was worried that others would think I didn't try hard enough. Next time I'll just keep in mind that as long as my baby is getting what they need and are happy then that's all that matters!

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Old Feb 26th, 2011, 04:39 AM   10
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I breastfed Summer for 3 weeks but had to stop as I wasn't producing enough milk for her. I was so upset when I had to switch to formula but as the midwives kept reassuring me she'd had the most important stuff in the first few days. I'd hoped to do it for 6 months. Since she went on formula she is a much happier and contented baby.

I will definitley try again when I have another baby but I won't stress if I'm not able to do it for as long as I wanted. I put far too much pressure on myself last time and got so upset. I was worried that others would think I didn't try hard enough. Next time I'll just keep in mind that as long as my baby is getting what they need and are happy then that's all that matters!

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Just a little advice for next time, babies have a growth spurt around 3 weeks and act like they are not getting enough milk, they want to feed constantly, your boobs don't feel full and the baby wont settle. It usually passes within a few days but many mums mistake it for a supply problem xxx



 
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