my baby is one week old im thinking of switching her to formula is this a bad idea?

Jessica - posted on 03/05/2010 ( 119 moms have responded )

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i breastfed my baby for a week and was considering switching her over to formula....is this a bad idea??? im really worried about messing her belly up!?... and if i stick with breastfeeding does anyone have any good advice.?

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One more thing ... I just saw your follow up message asking whether formula feeding during the day and bf at night would be OK. Good in theory but probably won't work in reality. Breastfeeding is a demand and supply system. If the milk in your breast doesn't get removed (either through direct feeding or pumping) frequently enough, your milk supply will start to decrease. THE most efficient way to get the milk out of your breast is through direct bf with your baby. Pumping does the job OK but not as efficiently. If you absolutely cannot bf your baby during the day because of school then pumping will have to do. However, it's rather time consuming and doesn't work as well.

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depends what your reasoning for switching to formula is really .... and one week isn't really long enough to fully establish your breastfeeding. It takes a little while for 1/ your baby to become an expert "sucker" ... with all the latching and whatnot ... and 2/ your milk supply to build up and then stabilize to the level that is in synch with your baby's demand. If this is your first child you will probably have a lot of nipple soreness and incorrect latching issues. I had the worst time starting out breastfeeding with my first child but ended up nursing her for 2 yrs. I had blisters and ulcers on my nipples, bleeding, tearing etc. You name it. But I was so determined to breastfeed. Supply-wise I had plenty though. I don't know why you need to switch to formula (you may have your reasons) but here are the reasons I think breastfeeding is so great:

1/ Economical - don't ever need to buy lots of bottles, cleaning equipment, formula etc. so it's much cheaper!! You never need to warm a bottle or wonder if the water you're using is clean. Straight from the breasts -- always the right temperature, always clean, whenever the baby needs it;

2/ Nature's best! - cow's milk is for baby calves, sheep's milk is for lambs, and human milk is for human babies. Everything in our milk is used by the baby for it's growth and development. There's more "waste" (extras) in formula that the baby cannot absorb / use and so comes out in the stool;

3/ Bonding! - direct breastfeeding (i.e. not pumping and feeding from the bottle) fosters healthy bonding between the mother and child;

4/ Breast milk makes smart babies! -- some people may not agree

5/ Helps you lose weight! (Bonus!) -- I was back to my normal weight in about 4 mos and even less than my normal weight as I continued to breastfeed. Initially breastfeeding is crucial to contracting your uterus back to it's normal size (the cramping you feel) and helps to flush out any pregnancy "stuff" left in the uterus. Not to mention that I've been eating a lot more than I normally would (and not even careful about what I eat) if I was not breastfeeding and still losing more weight. Doesn't work for everyone but I can't imagine you not losing absolutely any weight breastfeeding. Of course I would recommend that you focus on eating healthier foods rather than junk since you are what you eat and it does make a difference in the content of your milk.

6/ Defense against germs! - Hands down this is one of the top reasons to breastfeed. Your breast milk will absolutely protect your baby from all sorts of germs and illnesses. And even if she gets sick it won't be as bad and she will recover more quickly. Your breast milk is a great immune booster.

There are probably loads of other good reasons to breastfeed as well. If you don't have to switch to formula then I would really recommend you don't. Good luck!

Nicole - posted on 03/06/2010

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If she is with you why would you not just wear her in a sling and she could nurse while you are there. She will be happy to be with you and nursing! If she gets fussy BF while calm her down and she will most likely sleep. Good luck!

Nikki - posted on 03/12/2010

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Breast is best!!! Formula has no where near the nutritional values the your milk does!! You baby will be happier, healthier, and probably smarter if you continue brestfeeding! In most other countries, formuls isn't even considered unless you physically can't breastfeed! Plus, formula fed babes tend to have more allergies, spit up more, etc. The benefits of brestfeeding over formula are so great that, in my opinion, people that choose formula when the can breastfeed are doing their babe a disservice!!

Cheryl - posted on 03/12/2010

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It is completely a personal choice as to why you are considering stopping in the 1st place. I am breastfeedin and it took me a week to get over the soreness and for it to be comfortable to feed. Persistence is good as it is the best for your baby as it changes to meet their needs. However, if you or they are struggling and not happy, maybe it would be wise to switch. So long as you and baby are happy, that is the most important and no, they won't have an upset tummy, however- formula milk is harder for them to digest. Hope this helps x

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Rebecca - posted on 03/12/2010

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Stick with breastfeeding...It gets easier! I have been breastfeeding for 5 months now. So happy I stuck with it! Knock on wood, my baby has not gotten sick yet!

Nikki - posted on 03/12/2010

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This is in response to Jessica Gilbert's comment about it being proven that formula is just as good if not healthier for most babies! That is wrong, any doctor will tell you that! Formula doesn't even compete with brestmilk! Go to your local library or get online and educate yourself and make an informed decision for yourself!

Shehaam - posted on 03/12/2010

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hang in there luv... you will see the rewards of breastfeeding your baby... its very very challenging but just for the bond, the love, the emotions, her health, etc. will improve and deepen tremendously. Maybe your circumstances are different to mine... and the decision is solely yours to make... but really do reconsider your idea... remember when you going thru something tough its always your kids especially a little precious angel that needs you thats make you get thru anything and everything.

Ally - posted on 03/11/2010

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It is up to you and what is best for you and your baby. I found it extremely difficult to breastfeed for the first 6 weeks and wanted to give up. I had 4 visits from lactation consultant and after lots of perseverance I am so glad I kept going. I love the bond with my son but it has to work and be comfortable otherwise switch - you can still bond and give them everything they need.

Erika - posted on 03/11/2010

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In the hosptial my daughter (she is now 2 mos) was not getting enough through BFing so I decided to supplement with formula. She learned real quick that the bottle gave her more and a lot faster. Ever since then I pump. Within a couple of days of arriving home my milk came in and then some. Pumping has it's pros and cons, but I really wanted her to intake breast milk for at least the for 6 mos. Every so often I try her back on the breast. There are times that she takes it and other times that she does not. It was an adjustment a first, but what always kept me going was that it was the best for her and it's helpful on the wallet. Good luck!

Lindsay - posted on 03/11/2010

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Keep on trying! It's way easier and substantially cheaper to nurse than to use formula. Also, formula is just oil and corn syrup, not too healthy for anyone. My first 2 weeks with my first baby were pretty hard, as I had inverted nipples. But we got through it and it has been completely worth it. No bottles to clean either. Yuck!



And as the other poster(s) said, after 3 months your supply will even out. I didn't need my LilyPadz after that, and not at all for my second baby.

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DON'T DO IT!!! Honestly breastmilk is the best thing. I know how you feel I had a very painful intro to BF with my first and was on the verge of going out and getting bottles and formula and am so glad i didnt. It isnt easy and we all have different experiences but toughing it out for 6 to 12 months will be something you will not regret. I found weleda rose and calendula cream great for nipples and if its your full breasts that you are finding uncomfortable all i can say is they do settle down at around 3 months and life tends to get easier.

Elizabeth - posted on 03/11/2010

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When I had my 1st baby (almost 10 years ago) the only thing i knew was formula. It was my husband who convinced me to BF our baby. I agreed I would while in the hospital. After that 3 days he talked me into one week, then 6 weeks, then 3 months...I BF our son for 10 months. Our daughter just turned 8 (yesterday) She BF for 6 mos. Our youngest will be 3 in April. She was the hardest, mostly b/c she was a preemie. She still BFs at least three times a day. My best advice is take it one week at a time, find a good support group. Remember on average BF babies a little smaller that formula babies so dont let anyone tell you he's 'too small'. Good luck

Michele - posted on 03/11/2010

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I pumped my milk for the first 3 months I tried breastfeeding it didnt work but I gave my twins formula in between and they r perfectly fine lil toddlers !!!

Corinne - posted on 03/11/2010

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Switch breast and positions often till your nipples get tougher and you find one that is more comfortable.

Sunny - posted on 03/11/2010

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Well I have breastfeed both my babies. I would not change it for the world they are much healthier. My first hardly ever got sick. My second when the rest of us have the cold or flu he hardly has any signs of it. I nursed my 1st for 15 months and hope to make it the same for my second. I wish you the best with what ever decision you make. I enjoy the bonding when I nurse, its always ready and its absoultly the best thing for your baby.

Erica - posted on 03/11/2010

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That's so great that that you were able to pump for that long with a hand pump! Its good that you didn't give up when you couldn't get your children to latch on. Especially at 18! I wish 18 year olds today could be that dedicated.

Rosalinda - posted on 03/11/2010

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I understand what you are saying. My oldest is 12 years old. I was 18 when I gave birth to her and I wasnt patient when it came to latching on so I proceeded to pump with a hand held manual pump. I was very fortunate that my breasts responded well to such a cheap breast pump. I continued to feed her this way til she was 10 months old. I did try to have her latch on at 2-3 months of age and my breasts would not repond to her suckle. Babies do drain the breast better. Pumping, however, has worked wonderfully for my children. I do wish I could have only breast fed for the ease. I don't feel that my bonding with my girls have been affected by not latching on. I still hold my 6 month old close to me breast and make eye contact with alot of skin to skin contact.

Cat - posted on 03/11/2010

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Stick with breastfeeding - it's SOOO much easier than formula (not to mention cheaper). We've been breastfeeding 10 months and I'm constantly grateful that I haven't had to deal with formula. :)

My best advice would be to stick it out - the first few weeks are tough for almost everyone. You and your baby are both learning the ropes. Be patient with your baby and with yourself and it'll be very rewarding for both of you. :)

Erica - posted on 03/11/2010

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For a preemie that information is correct. Pumping alone won't maintain your supply for a long period of time. The baby latching on causes more hormones to be released that a pump can't duplicate.



This information was given to me by several Lactation Consultants

Rosalinda - posted on 03/11/2010

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I have to disagree with the last statement. I have only pumped for my daughter because she was a preemie and when she was strong enough to latch on she was already lazy and didnt want to put forth the effort after being on the bottle in the NICU. I have tons of milk, my supply has been more than enough to feed my daughter and to freeze a great amount. Pumping alone with a good pump is sufficient. It is about finding the right pressure and speed with your pump to get the best result. Having a baby latch on will of course be much easier but lets face it this isn't a perfect world and if a woman is deteremined to give her baby breast milk they will do whatever is necessary and by any means available.

Erica - posted on 03/11/2010

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Jessica,
You should definitely stick with breastfeeding. Bottle feeding isn't easier. If you breast feed at night and give formula during the day you baby may end up with an upset tummy and you will begin to stop producing milk.

In order to keep up your milk supply you will need to pump and why pump if your baby is there and you can breast feed?

In order to avoid the tummy issues from going back and forth you will have to pump milk to mix with the formula, again why? If you baby can go to school with you i'm sure there is an area where you can go to breastfeed.

Once you get through the first few weeks it gets much easier! My son is almost 13 months and he is still breastfeeding. I pump several times at work to keep up my supply and i went back to work when he was 9 weeks old. I know if you put your mind to it you can do it!

The most important advice I give breastfeeding moms is that breastfeeding is a supply demand system. If you don't demand your body to make the supply by latching the baby on or pumping when you are away from the baby, your body will decrease the supply it makes. Pumping alone isn't enough to keep up a milk supply. The baby needs to latch on too.

Persevere girl, you can do it! It may not seem like it now but just take it one feeding at a time.

Hope this helps

Jacqueline - posted on 03/11/2010

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i was breast feeding for 3wks but in the end i wasnt producing enough milk so i had put ziva on formular but i do wish i she was on breast still i am gutted that shes not.

Mayueth - posted on 03/10/2010

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I believe you should stick with breastfeeding for at least a few more weeks. I now that the first two weeks are really challenging because both of you are getting the hang of things. But if you stick with it, it will be one of the most rewarding things you'll do for your baby. Not only is breastmilk the best for your baby but you will also bond with your baby ina deeper level. The first two weeks for me were extremly hard especially because I felt like I had no support from certain people. But I stuck with it and I am so glad I did. It is so rewarding to know that you are providing your baby with the best food for her. My baby is almost 9 months and im still BF, I plan to do it until she's at least 1. And believe when I first started I said I was just going to do 2 months.Stick with it for at least a few more weeks then go from there.

Laura - posted on 03/10/2010

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the thing no one tells you is that breastfeeding is hard sometimes, it sucks (hehe, sorry that was a totaly unintentional pun) at times and it can hurt too, but the unplesent aspects dont last forever and once you get into a rythm and a more effective latch it is easy. the best thing for human babies is human milk, they can try and try to make a substatute in the lab but they will never be able to fully match it. dont give up, you can do it! with my first i set small goals, i started out saying im gonna breastfeed for at least six weeks, then when i made that goal, i said to myself i made six weeks im gonna make it to six months, and it went on and on to two and a half years!! good luck!

Billie - posted on 03/10/2010

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stick to breastfeeding it gives her more than formula ever could and if she gets sick it will not last long i promise

Rebecca - posted on 03/10/2010

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I would stick with Breastfeeding, it is full of so many nutrients for your baby. It is made just for her! The first weeks are the hardest, it gets so much easier. It is also a lot easier than having to mix formula and warm it in the middle of the night. Also if you want some personal freedom, once your little one is about 4 weeks old you can start her on a bottle with milk you have pumped, it's a good idea to start stockpiling milk now so that you produce more milk. If you have a deep freezer you can safely store it up to 6 months (some places say longer)
I will agree with others, Lanolin is a god send! i like the lansinoh brand, i applied it after every feeding, and if I was especially sore I would apply it even more often. Also get a good nursing bra & Sleep bra, and nursing pads. Good luck! hang in there :)

Delphine - posted on 03/10/2010

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Definately keep breastfeeding, the first 6 weeks is very hard but only gets better from there on, I breastfed my first boy for 14 months and am now nursing my second son, I do both breast and bottle with my expressed milk so if you can express and give through the bottle so much easier that way you can see the babies exact intake and is getting the benefits from your milk......DONT GIVE UP KEEP PERSISTING IT IS WELL WORTH IT.....Good luck huney

Alana - posted on 03/10/2010

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Wow what a lot of information! Hey, Jessica - really keen to hear how you and your little baby are going. What an awesome school you must go to, to be able to take your baby! And btw, dont ever get embarressed about BF in public, its the most natural thing in the world and if people seem to take offense THEY are the ones who need to think differently - its a little babies food and we should all embrace the sight of a baby happily feeding :)

Christina - posted on 03/10/2010

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DEFINATELY STAY WITH BREASTFEEDING!!!!! YOUR NIPPLES WILL BE SORE FOR A BIT BUT IT GOES AWAY AND THE BONDING EXPERIENCE YOU GET WITH A BOTTLE IS NOTHING LIKE THE ONE YOU GET FROM BREASTFEEDING. YOU AND YOUR CHILD WILL BENIFIT FROM IT IN MORE THAN ONE WAY. TRY AND TAKE WARM/SEMI HOT SHOWERS,COVER YOUR NIPPLES UNTIL THEY ARE NOT SORE ANYMORE. HARD PRESSURE FROM THE WATER ONLY MAKES IT HURT MORE. USE YOUR OWN BREAST MILK AND THE LANOLIN OINTMENT, AIR THEM OUT, ICE PACKS, HEATING PACKS WORK GREAT TOO. MAKE SURE YOU ALWAYS GET A GOOD LATCH AND BREAK SUCTION PROPERLY. BREASTFEED AS MUCH AS YOU CAN AND/OR PUMP. THE PUMP FEELS LIKE A SOOTHING MASSAGE!!! AND REMEMBER TO DRINK LOTS OF FLUIDS, HAVE A SNACK, AND TAKE YOUR VITAMINS!!! MY DAUHGTER IS 11 MONTHS OLD, WITH FOUR TEETH AND I STILL BREASTFEED. ITS GREAT

Katarin - posted on 03/10/2010

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stick with breastfeeding!! i was devastated two weeks ago when my milk supply stopped. my daughter was 1 month. i took her and me off to see our GP and she said there was nothing i could do. i was so upset as i was looking to breastfeed for 12months+. If you can do it, and you have sufficient milk supply, dont stop!!!

Didi - posted on 03/10/2010

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I wanted to stop breastfeeding when I had horrible nipple pain from about 3 weeks to 2 months! It hurt so bad I would cry while I nursed, and he nursed every hour :(
I kept with it thinking to myself "this isn't as bad as labor pains and if I could endure that, then I can nurse my baby!"

Now, at 3 1/2 months I have no pain and feel so close with my baby :) My favorite time of the day is at 3 am after I get done feeding him and he is asleep in my arms. He feels so warm, soft and perfect!

Christina - posted on 03/10/2010

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Even though this reply is late, I hope you are sticking it out. The best information you can receive on this is from mothers who have been successful at breastfeeding and from professionals that are educated and trained. Please go to http://LLLI.org They have great resources and discussion boards and people you can connect to in your area. THis first 6 months of breastfeeding is the absolute most important commitment you can make for the current and future health and development of your precious little one! She will not be little forever, but this 6-12 months is an investment you cannot get any other way!!!!! Even if you have not continued to breastfeed at this point, you can still go back and do it now with the right support and information from professionals designed to help you find a way to succeed in this joyous gift to your baby girl!

Claire - posted on 03/10/2010

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dont give up, breastfeeding is so much better for you and baby, strenghthening babys immune system and reducing health risks to yourself such as cancer... bear with it atleast til baby is 6 wks old, you will always be reassured that you gave your baby the best start.

Samantha - posted on 03/10/2010

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I Do personally believe that it is a bad idea to switch to formula. Breastfeed babies are much healthier in the long run they have less colds less ear infections etc. You will have a stronger bond with your baby b/c of breastfeeding! You baby needs those nutrients that only your milk has! Iknow that it can be frustrating the first few weeks b/c you are both learning. The best thing to do is put on relaxing music for the both of you and very quit. It helps to keep you calm. I am not sure if you know it or not but you baby senses every emotion that you have! Kepp up with it! They also have The Lache League in all areas and they are VERY Helpful. Look them up online and it is a group where you can go and talk to other Mothers whom breastfeed and support you and will help you with anything you need!

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i breastfeed my lil boy for nly 3wks. i didnt stop completely i jst weaned em of it. i missed a feed of breast nd added a feed of formula. n lil ova a week e was completely weaned of d breast nd i didnt av any problems dryin up. it didnt effect em n anyway at al. bu al babies r diff. bu i do regret givin it up now. cuz d bondin has gone down alot nd it was so much easier to feed em. did u try pumpin it n2 a bottle nstead???

Francine - posted on 03/10/2010

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Stick to breastfeeding, I know its hard in the beginning but it gets easier. I breast fed my daughter for a year and a half. She was solely on breast milk until 4 months and then I introduced formula when i went back to work. While working I continued breastfeeding in the evenings and in the mornings when she woke up. It was a great way to bond with her and have some one on one time with her after a long day at work, plus it was very healthy. Now I am breastfeeding on demand to my now one month old son. I have started giving him some formula (about 2 oz) in the evening and sometimes once during the day. This is mainly because he seems to have a very hearty appetite and is never fully satisfied with my breast and he gets very aggravated.
Breast feeding is a choice only you can make, but I would discuss any changes with your pediatrician. Good luck!

Leslie - posted on 03/10/2010

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If you can handle doing it one week, you can handle two. Once you make it to the three month mark, its easy to continue breast feeding. There is nothing easy about having a baby cry in the middle of the night and having to warm up formula. ugh. your breasts are PERFECT! Use them as they are intended.

Meagan - posted on 03/09/2010

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please don't ditch it! breastfeeding was one of the most blissed out times in my life. i think every babe needs this closeness with mum. also on a practical note it is less work for you, a great excuse to sit and stare out the window and it is great for immunity and losing weight. stay with it girl.

Rosalinda - posted on 03/09/2010

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If you can stick with it please do. This is the best thing you can do for your baby. Even if you have to pump to feed. Remember this is new for your baby and it takes some practice. I have a six month old that was 7 wk early and she doesn't like to latch on so I pump for her for every feeding. your baby's immune system will thank you. If you cant still applaud your efforts, something was better than nothing at all.

Jessie - posted on 03/09/2010

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Wait. Don't do it yet, I'm sure you will regret not giving it more of a chance. the 1st month or so was so exhausting and we both got yeast infection (me in my breast him on his tushy.) really long story short he is almost 8 months and I would not give that experience of nursing up for any money in the world even though it sorta sucked at first. I would seriousy encourage to wait til 6 weeks before making the decision. I wanted to quite several times but was so set on doing it before he was born so I kept it up. After that time at least you can say you tried and that 6 weeks or so will give your little one a great start to life whether you continue or not.

Nicole - posted on 03/09/2010

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my daughter is a little over a month old, and i am still breastfeeding. I had bleeding nipples sore breasts all that. Now I am all healed up and my discomfort is almost unnoticeable. stick with it. i guess you need to make a decision and stick with it! I say unless she is not thriving continue breastfeeding. I worried so much about is she getting enough, is my diet causing her to be fussy. but it all comes from fear, lack of support and confidence. So, I am hear to give my support and cheer you on. You can do this!!!!

Leasa - posted on 03/09/2010

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I breastfeed my daughter. I had alot of problems at frist, i think it took her about 2 or 3 weeks before she really got the hang of it. I really wanted to stop after a week but my family and friends talked me into trying a little longer. Now that she is 10 1/2 months old i think it was the best decision i ever made. I am in the process now of weining her. I think you should make the decision that is best for you. I mean no one knows better than you. Hope this helps.

Kristen - posted on 03/09/2010

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If you'd like, for advice you could join the FB group Milk drunk.
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?ref=...!/group.php?gid=355581031949&ref=ts

This is a dedicated and knowledgable group of mamas that will happily answer any questions you have about breastfeeding, no matter how many, no matter how mundane :o)

I definitely say stick with the breastfeeding! Not only is it normal, it's more cost-effective and so much easier than formula once you get the hang of it!

Andrea - posted on 03/09/2010

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Call your hospital and see if they have a lactation consultant. They are wonderful people that can really help!

Janelle - posted on 03/09/2010

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Breast is Best! If you have breastfeeding problems or concerns, please post them, I am sure we will all be glad to help you out. For a great list of reasons to breastfeed check out this link http://www.promom.org/101/ ... 101 great reasons to stick with it! I love the time spent feeding my little baby boy and watching him thrive on it.

Amy - posted on 03/09/2010

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I pump during the day and nurse at night; I won't lie sometimes pumping is a hassle but I truthfully think hauling formula around would be just as much of a hassle without all of the health benefits. It comes down to a personal decision because if you are stressed out and uncomfortable with it, your milk supply will be reduced anyway. Now having said that, I personally am sticking with boob feeding for as long as I can. Especially once I was back to work and busy, having that time with just me and my girl has been so special. Hang in there, and do what feels right for you and your little one. Also, babies have no problem nursing while you do homework! Need to do a reading? Read it aloud to baby too! Baby will love the interaction of nursing and being involved with what you are involved in. It will take some time and practice, but I really doubt you would regret the decision to continue breastfeeding.

Angela - posted on 03/09/2010

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i wonder why your considering switching? i wouls say stick with it. the first few weeks are the hardest. i'm on my second child and still struggle with breastfeeding occassionally but it is so worth it. its good for baby and good for you. i will eventually (prob at about 6 months) do mixed feeding (breast and formula) like i did with my first baby just so that i can leave her with relatives and have some time out for myself withour the hassle of trying to express enough milk which is the main thing i have problems with. at the end of the day its up to you and whatever you feel most comfprtable with and works best for your situation. try and keep going with it though, i promise it gets better.

April - posted on 03/09/2010

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Also: breastmilk lowers a little one's chance of obesity, diabetes, breast cancer . . . the list goes on and on. That's not to mention that breastfeeding lowers your own chance of getting cancer as well. =)

Kathryn - posted on 03/09/2010

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I fed formula days and breast fed my first daughter it works out just fine. With my second I work full time and found pumping was easier. Wait till you have to though because you milk will come in better the longer you breast feed exclusively.

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the babies diapers are way more smelly when you use formula. breatmilk is WAY more healthy. if you don't wanna have the baby nurse off of you use a breast pump. you can put the milk in the fridge and you can also freeze it too if you make that much.



i would say if you can stick with the breastmilk for atleast a month or two even three would be good. there is so much is mothers milk that there ISN'T in formula. for your baby i say stick it out.

Paige - posted on 03/08/2010

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Do what you want to do! If you do end up switching to formular, slowly introduce bub to it. So swop one bf for a formula feed and slowly up the formular. This will help your breast as well!

Trina - posted on 03/08/2010

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Since you can take her to class that would be a good thing to try, and like another person said, you can nurse in a sling. Breastfeeding is so important, it lowers the risk of diabetes, asthma, and allergies in childhood. You provide antibodies for your baby through your breastmilk. It is easier for your baby to digest your milk and your body produces just what your baby needs in terms of nutrition .it is far superior to any man made formula! Formula is a one size fits all for babies, where as breastmilk meets your specific babies nutritional requirements. I would not recommend supplementing with formula because your body is still working to establish your milk supply. Breastmilk is based solely off supply and demand. Every time you nurse your baby your body sends signals to your brain to produce more milk, and also one very special benefit is that it causes your body to produce oxytocin (the love hormone). That special hormone will make you feel better during your postpartum healing time. If you start supplementing your supply could drop, and pumping though helpful, does not mimic the same sensation that nursing gives.



Besides all of the health benefits for your baby their are very real health benefits for you to continue nursing. It will lower your risk of developing breast cancer, and other types of cancers. It helps your uterus to contract and return to its prepregnancy shape sooner. It will help you to lose weight as well. The benefits can go on and on forever, and before you stop think about what a super power producing milk is! You are doing the best possible thing that you can for yourself and your baby by nursing as long as you are able to. :)

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