Who only breastfeeds?

Kenzie - posted on 10/21/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )

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I just want to say thank you to all of the women who strictly have breast feed their child (that includes regular baby foods, etc. just no formula). My son has never had a dribble of formula and yes i am very proud to announce that. :) I was just wanting to see how many women actually breast feed and has NEVER given their baby formula. I feel like I am the only one any more.

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Lyndsay - posted on 10/22/2009

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My daughter is almost 5 months and I have NEVER given her formula (and don't plan to!) Even in her rice cereal, I use expressed breast milk. I am also very proud of this- we have given our babies the best we possibly can!

For those of you who say this is harsh... this is supposed to be a forum where we can be honest and open, and there is nothing wrong with expressing a feeling of pride in giving the best to your child!

Caitlin - posted on 10/22/2009

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i am totally breast feeding my little girl, everyone tells me to give her formula at night to "make her sleep longer" but i don't, she is still up every 3 or so hrs, i just nape when she does throughout the day ... i am all about the breast!!! lol

BethAnn - posted on 10/22/2009

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Quoting Hanna:

Ah, lucky you! I honestly tried, but my milk didn't come in until about 3 days after & my son has been eating a bottle of formula every 3 hours since he came out of me (he was born 9lb 4 oz & had an appetite of a crocodile). Then he refused to nurse because it just wasn't flowing fast enough for him (and believe me, i tried but even the top lactation consultant in Miami couldn't get him to latch on, so the final verdict was that he's just too big & too hungry so he wants food right away and a lot). long story short, i had to supplement first 1.5 months then i finally my milk supply was enough (good thing is that in the process, i became an expert on regulating milk supply with a breast pump), but by 4.5 months i was making 35-40oz a day and it still wasn't enough. so rather than going back to supplementing with formula (he used to get constipated from it), i figured i'd start solids. now he's 8 months old (wearing 18 months clothes) & eats most of the food we do (except for fish, spices, nuts, citrus fruits & yogurt, but he had cheese). yogurt we going to start this week (just went through a teething stage & was congested so i figured i'd wait a bit longer with milk products since it promotes congestion in some kids).

so i legitimately tried and i sincerely commend you ladies for doing it exclusively! I know what efforts are involved, keep up the good work!


Stoneyfield makes a yogurt called "YoBaby" there are ones with fruit and cereal mixed and they are organic...my daughter loved them! and be cause of the cereal and fruit i believe they are mor filling...she ate one for breakfast almost every day till just a few months ago (now 20 months old)

Leslie - posted on 10/22/2009

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oh yeah, and I have to say that there can be other factors involved. For instance, my husband deployed when my daughter was 3 mo old and is still gone. When he left my milk supply stopped completely. I had to feed my little one bottles while pumping around the clock to get my supply back up. Stress and illness can cause a mom to have to supplement. I think that any mom that breast feeds for any amount of time is doing good adn should not feel bad if they supplement for any reason. and instead of belittling those who cant breast feed, we need to be understanding. I have know several moms who simply weren't able to for many valid reasons but wanted to. We are fortunate that our bodies cooperated and our babies were full term and could latch : )

Leslie - posted on 10/22/2009

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My daughter is now 5 months and we are still breast feeding. I do supplement a bottle before bedtime to try and hold her through the night (it also helps regulate her which she NEEDS). I can't say she's never had formula because when my milk supply decreases I have to supplement, I feel like any mom who breast feeds at all is doing their child a favor. I am fortunate enough to stay home so this enable me to continue breast feeding, but for those working moms, breast feeding past maternity leave isn't always a valid option.

Lady - posted on 10/22/2009

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Quoting Donna:

Dont you think this is a bit harsh!! Well done for being able to exclusively breastfeed, but it does seem like your post is a bit belittleing to those of us who give our babies formula.


i agree you are being a little harsh - i exclusively breast fed for the first four months my child is seven now and on a mixture of breast and formula milk - yes breast is best but there exlusivity as they get older just isn't suitable for all and i think we have enough guilt being parent without you adding to it.

Lucy - posted on 10/22/2009

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My little girl is 28wks now and has had no other milk than my own, i dont intend on giving her any other until she chooses she no longer needs my milk.

DeeDee - posted on 10/22/2009

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I like to say that I exclusively Breast feed but must admit that he has had a couple bottles of formula. sometimes we can't help it if our bodies just aren't making the milk. so before my milk came in full force I gave him a bottle because it is better to have a satisfied baby than a starving one because he had to wait between colostrum and milk. So i would just say not to judge if someone gives formula, you don't know their circumstances. then again you may be alone in never offering your baby formula, and good for you.

Hanna - posted on 10/21/2009

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Ah, lucky you! I honestly tried, but my milk didn't come in until about 3 days after & my son has been eating a bottle of formula every 3 hours since he came out of me (he was born 9lb 4 oz & had an appetite of a crocodile). Then he refused to nurse because it just wasn't flowing fast enough for him (and believe me, i tried but even the top lactation consultant in Miami couldn't get him to latch on, so the final verdict was that he's just too big & too hungry so he wants food right away and a lot). long story short, i had to supplement first 1.5 months then i finally my milk supply was enough (good thing is that in the process, i became an expert on regulating milk supply with a breast pump), but by 4.5 months i was making 35-40oz a day and it still wasn't enough. so rather than going back to supplementing with formula (he used to get constipated from it), i figured i'd start solids. now he's 8 months old (wearing 18 months clothes) & eats most of the food we do (except for fish, spices, nuts, citrus fruits & yogurt, but he had cheese). yogurt we going to start this week (just went through a teething stage & was congested so i figured i'd wait a bit longer with milk products since it promotes congestion in some kids).

so i legitimately tried and i sincerely commend you ladies for doing it exclusively! I know what efforts are involved, keep up the good work!

Donna - posted on 10/21/2009

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Dont you think this is a bit harsh!! Well done for being able to exclusively breastfeed, but it does seem like your post is a bit belittleing to those of us who give our babies formula.

Melissa - posted on 10/21/2009

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you should feel proud! That is great that you can do that for your child. It takes alot of commitment to never give formula. I exclusively breastfed for the first two months but when I went back to work I had a major decrease in my milk supply so now I suppliment. I try to pump or breastfeed whenever possible.

Minnie - posted on 10/21/2009

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Moi. Child-led weaning as well.



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