wud like every1's input!!

Emma - posted on 07/20/2009 ( 21 moms have responded )

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can any1 give me any questions or comments on how they feel about breastfeeding?

even if your against it, i wud like to hear your thoughts!

i have recently trained to support other mums with breastfeeding and will be helping out at a teenage pregnancy group and would like the teen perspective

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Allie - posted on 02/23/2010

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I was 19 when I had my son and would recommend breastfeeding, it definitely helped me lose most of the baby weight. Plus, its free.. it helps with bonding, and its just so natural. My advice would be to never give up! The best way to help it work is to tell you doctor and nurses before you actually deliver (like throughout the labor) that you want to breastfeed, that way they don't get a chance to get formula. And take advantage of the hospital staff, they should have a lactation consultant on hand that will help with the initial latching process. And remember it WILL be uncomfortable/hurt at first, but like all things it will get better with time and practice.

Maci - posted on 02/22/2010

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I think breastfeeding was very beneficial for me and my son. I recently had to stop breast feeding him due to new medication that could be harmful to him but he's 14 months old and I would have loved to have continued for awhile..

Alicia - posted on 02/20/2010

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i think its great, and was very disappointed when i couldnt do it. my daughters tongue is too long, and we never got to do it. we did it for like 24 hours and couldnt get the hang of it. so formula we did.

Nia - posted on 02/01/2010

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I think that breast feeding is healthy for both the mother and the baby. I know that not everyone can breast feed and it can be painful sometimes but, it definitely helps to form a bond with the mother and child. Even if you breastfeed for a few weeks its better than nothing.

Sarah - posted on 01/18/2010

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My son is 7 months old now. I tried to breastfeed for a few weeks after he was born but it was so hard. I have a benign tumor in my left breast and it made it close to impossible to actually get enough milk for him. I really did try though, and sometimes I regret changing to formula but I honestly think that both of us struggling contstantly would stress both of us out. I don't know, thats just my opinion though.

Tina - posted on 01/12/2010

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i think its a wonderful thing. even though i had health problems a few weeks after i had my daughter.. i did breastfeed her until i was told not to anymore. yes it was painful, yes it was sometimes frustrating... but i kept in the back of my head that i knew it was the healthier route to go for my daughter... & that it would also make it easier for me to lose the weight from the pregnancy!

Victoria - posted on 01/02/2010

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I think breastfeeding is the best choice for teen mothers. I dreamed of being able to breastfeed throughout my whole pregnancy. When my son was born he wouldn't latch on and i had to use a nipple shield. I was also encouraged to pump as a result of the nipple shield decreasing my milk supply. And breastfeeding was wonderful for the first two weeks but after that i got a severe staph infection in my c section incision and was hospitalized and unable to breastfeed. My milk supply diminished which at first I was very sad about but after a while i began to realize that any amount of breastfeeding helped my son. I think teen mothers need to know that breastfeeding is not always the easy satisfying experience that some make it out to be. It was very hard and painful for me. But they also need to understand that the benefits far outweigh any kind of bad experience they may have and to also know it's okay if it doesn't work. The worst feeling is the feeling of shame when you cant do it anymore.

Melanie - posted on 01/02/2010

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i had my daughter at 17 and i breastfed for the first 3 months with bottle supplements as she was born 9 pounds 11 ounces i wanted her to have the write ammount of food. unfortunatly i did not keep it up i switched her to formula because it was easier on my husband. We around now pregnant a second time at 19, my belly is already touching the wall at only 12 weeks pregnant so it may be twins i will find out monday at my ultrasound :D and this time around i dont plan to stop breastfeeding im gunna be strong and stick it out even if it is twins i will pump if i have to devote day and night to it. there is no way my child will grow up with false nutrition this time around i found it was the biggest mistake to us formula. my daughter is now 2 and i have just taken her off of it and she went threw 1 can a week thats a good 100$ a month in formula then solids u need to calculate in. she was always well fed but i would still just look at it like wat have i done to give my child this mixture its powder it tastes horrid, (i tried it to see what she was eating) anything my child eats i have to try. stick it out mums bc you may regret not doing it.

Pamela - posted on 12/27/2009

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Breastfeeding is very rewarding! unfortunately as a teen mom, it is hard to fit it in with school and work and feeding the baby. Being in school and at work make it hard to stay on schedule.

Haley - posted on 12/16/2009

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totally for it! i definitly think it helps make them grow stronger & healthier! i wish mine would have took to it a little more.

Crystal - posted on 12/14/2009

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i think for teen mums it is a hard decision as there is the thought of a baby being on the breast and the worry of what people may say if you are out feeding but on the other hand you then start to think about what is best for baby ... i would have loved to of breastfed as i believ it is the best start for the babies but unfortunatelly i couldnt because my milk was bvery late and because i wanted to so badly i was very disapointed and found i was being distant with my son after he was born as i felt guilty for not being able to feed him myself. So i think if you do choose to breast feed you should always keep in mind that some things may end up preventing you from doing so, so you should be prepared so you are not left feeling guilty.

Brittany - posted on 12/13/2009

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For the first month of my sons life he ate nothing but breast milk. He couldn't latch on because the skin under his tongue (the frenulum) grew to the end of his tongue (its called being tongue-tied). We decided it would be in his best interest for me to pump (or express, whichever you prefer) and give the milk to him in a bottle. It worked out great but when I got back in school I found it harder. I feel that as long as you can do it you should! If your baby can't latch on or shows no interest don't give up! Pumping into bottles is ALWAYS an option. I love breastfeeding. It's wonderful!

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I'm 19, I really wanted to breastfeed my son. He was born 2 months premature on October 9th, Sadly he was in the NICU for a whole month so I had to pump. I was also having lactation complications. I was not producing enough milk so unfortunately I'm formula feeding him.

Tamsin - posted on 09/23/2009

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I think breast is best but if baby has to have formula then it shouldn't be a major issue. I wasn't able to breastfeed even though I wanted to. My son arrived 3 and a half weeks early after a very speedy labour. I think my body went into shock after that and my milk didn't come through. He got the first day worth of colostrum but that was it. He moved onto formula when he was 2 days old and he is FINE :-D He is a very healthy, bouncy little man. If you are unable to breastfeed, don't feel guilty. Just be happy and get to know your baby. xx

Amanda - posted on 09/20/2009

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I loved breastfeeding! I exclusively bf my daughter for 7 months and wish i had never stopped.

Sabrena - posted on 09/19/2009

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I think breastfeeding is a really good thing. Its the best thing for the baby and thats what moms should think about.

Me, personally I tried to breastfeed and my daughter latched on good only once and then every other time it was super painful so I started to use a pump.

I think the pump is a great idea, my daughter got what she needed and it wasnt physically painful for me, lol.

Sophie - posted on 09/11/2009

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I tried breast feeding and found it painful but enjoyable all my midwifes and health vistor said it was because she wasnt latched properly but when they checked she was but it still hurt i had to stop after three weeks because i had no appetite so didnt eat anything and my breastmilk turned to water my daughter however seems alot more settled on formula hope this helps

Erica - posted on 08/11/2009

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I would have loved to breast feed, i tried for three dsays but it hurt so bad. Most teens don't want to becuse they think its werid or it willmess up there boobs

Britni - posted on 08/10/2009

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I tried with both of mine.

With my first he was born his heart rate was dropping so i had to have oxygen and the cord around his neck twice so when he came out he wasn't breathing and was blue so they rushed him out and i didn't get to see him for like 3 hours so they gave him a bottle and would never latch so we did formula.

With my second everything went perfect. She was great at latching but gave me blisters and after the first few days she lost intrest and i hated it so i breast feed for about a week and pumped for 2-3 weeks then went to formula.

I think it is great but it just wasn't for me.

Emma - posted on 08/07/2009

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the important thing is you tryed!

an some babys know what to do staright away, others (most, lol) are more difficult!

Kym - posted on 08/07/2009

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Hi, Personally i think breastfeeding is the best thing ever, it is a great way for a mother and bub to get a bond(even though there are lots of ways to get a bond with yuur bub) and think it wuld b great for a new mum with post-natal depression. Im sad i culdnt breastfeed my son but he would never latch on and was making me sad and stressed so had to change to formula.

Kym & Cody Xo

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