bottlefeeding formula

Jenny - posted on 06/17/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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I Have a 14 week baby, and fromula fed her from 3 days old. I tried to breastfeed but baby didnt latch on, and we didnt get much help in hospital and was getting so upset that I fed her a bottle. I now really feel aweful for bottlefeeding as I did originally want to breast feed. Do the majority of mothers bottle or breast feed? and does it really make a big difference if you formula feed? Please help me, as Im still beating myself up over the situation.

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Kelly - posted on 06/17/2009

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I tried to BF but i only ended up doing it exclusive for about 2-3 weeks and then did some BF till my son was 6 weeks old.....they say that breast is best and that BF babies are healthier but my son was super sick all winter.....and has been healthier since he has been on formula, so i think that your baby will be just fine, you tried and thats all that matters, even if you didn't BF as long as you would have liked to......don't feel bad about it.....just think that with your next baby, if their is going to be a number 2, then you could try with that one......good luck and don't feel bad......

Mel - posted on 06/17/2009

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dont worry! it doesnt make a difference if anything its better because formula fed babies generally gain more weight and meet thier milestones quicker so you dont have to worry about FTT and things like that, plus formula fed sleep longer and you dont have to worry about trying to get them from breast to bottle later which can sometimes be very difficult.

i only know 2 breast feeding mothers. one is 20 the other 32, the rest of my friends bottle fed, due to either not being able to latch on right, the baby making them bleed and hurting them, baby not gaining weight, or just because they did not want to BF

Etta - posted on 06/17/2009

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Don't feel bad. I think most women don't get the support they need to breastfeed and end up bottle feeding. I had to supplement my first child, due to lack of support. And I had to deal with frustration and my own guilt. With my second child, I got help right away from a lactation consultant and it has made all the difference.
We all do the best we can and sometimes our plans don't work out.

Sarah - posted on 06/17/2009

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Hi Jenny! Do not beat yourself up over it! I bottle fed both my girls, and although breast is best, it's not a terrible thing to formula feed. You lasted longer than i did!!

Also, the colostrum that they get the first few days is the best bit for them, so you've done that much!

People may say you should have tried harder or whatever, but it's done now and your baby will be fine!

The 'support' i received in hospital was shockingly bad, i think it really makes a difference.

So please please don't feel bad!!!

:)

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