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Mercedes - posted on 09/27/2009

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Well I am very upset with what Caryn Ann's comment, that is all bullshit! You can definently bond with your baby with bottlefeeding. My mom is my best friend and I was bottlefed! I do love my baby even though he's not here yet and I don't need to breastfeed to show him that. He will be just as well off as if he was breastfed.

Mercedes - posted on 09/27/2009

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I'm bottle feeding, I don't want to deal with torn or sore nipples. I have never heard anything bad about bottlefed babies. I was bottlefed and I'm great. I dont see the point of going through pain, if it's not necessary. A lot of people disagee, but it's really your choice. I've been put down a lot for wanting to bottle feed, but i ignore it!

Charquita - posted on 09/18/2009

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i always heard that breast feeding was better but i couldnt take it. i'm sorry

Eleisha - posted on 09/18/2009

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I bottle fed my daughter expressed breast milk for the first 3 moinths. My daughter had a very high palette, continually sucked her bottom lip (she came out doing that) and has a very receded chin (according to the midwife, more so than most babies). Getting her to have a good latch was extremely difficult. I worked with a Lactation Consultantant every day at the hospital and every second day when i left to try and get her to breastfeed properly, but she just couldn't get a deep enough latch. According to the LC i had perfect technique, it was Ava (my daughter) that was the "issue". So over the first 3 months i continued to express and bottle feed her. The expressing took up to an hour after a feed, and being a single mum, meant that very little sleep was occurring. In the end, the LC said that it was extremely unlikely that Ava would BF. So i continued to express and feed for the 3 months and then decided to switch to formula. I have a great bond with my daughter, she is a real mummy's girl, and while i am sad i could not actually BF, and relieved and happy that she still got the important nutrients from my milk. So to anyone who can't or doesn't want to BF, the important thing is that you and your baby are happy and healthy.

Sarah - posted on 09/13/2009

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I was uncertain at first. My mom is very probreastfeeding. When I was pregnant I said i wanted to nurse but was still unsure about it. Well, I have now breastfed my daughter for a little over 13 months and it was one of the best choices i made! It's amazing the bond you make with your child while nursing. It is so cool! I love it and wouldn't give it up for anything! I really suggest breastfeeding. The benefits are amazing!

Lorelei - posted on 09/13/2009

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Quoting Stephanie:

I know breast is best and brilliant for the child but it also has its disadvantages, no one else can feed your child, its feeding on demand, the child will be more attached to u and not settle for anyone else, harder to change it on to a bottle, cant go out, socialise.

i choose bottle, i didnt feel comfortable with breast, at 6 weeks i gave cooled boiled water at night time feed and after 2 nites he stopped waking up 4 it, wats the point waken up for water, hes now 7 months and has slept every nite from 7-7 since 6 weeks old,

he can also hold his own bottle and will settle for anyone, he also has been away at weekends in his daddys house and if i wa to breastfeed that wudnt have happened

my friend had a bay 3 weeks before me and she breast feed, she never goes out, her daughter still doesnt sleep trew the night, the 2 nites she got to go out she had to go home early due to the child unsettling

im so happy i bottle feed daniel, i have him in a routine which benefits the both of us.


MY son also Daniel is breast feed just recently like this week i started formula once a day. He sleeps through the night( he is three months) and has for about 2 months. I am able to go out and do things he is fine with just about anyone as long as he is feed and played with. Just because you breast feed does not mean you life ends. You can pump or even supplement if needed. My husband and I are able to have people over for a few drinks and he not an imposition. I just give him pumped milk and hes fine.



 



My son has a routine and he is happy. He spends lots of nights away from home and we never have a problem with him eating.



 



I guess it just comes down to the child some babies don't want anybody else and others do not care who you give them to.



 



I am proud to be a breast feeding mother. It can be a pain actually is most of the time but it is best for my child so I am fine with it.

Sam - posted on 09/13/2009

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Quoting Stephanie:

I know breast is best and brilliant for the child but it also has its disadvantages, no one else can feed your child, its feeding on demand, the child will be more attached to u and not settle for anyone else, harder to change it on to a bottle, cant go out, socialise.

i choose bottle, i didnt feel comfortable with breast, at 6 weeks i gave cooled boiled water at night time feed and after 2 nites he stopped waking up 4 it, wats the point waken up for water, hes now 7 months and has slept every nite from 7-7 since 6 weeks old,

he can also hold his own bottle and will settle for anyone, he also has been away at weekends in his daddys house and if i wa to breastfeed that wudnt have happened

my friend had a bay 3 weeks before me and she breast feed, she never goes out, her daughter still doesnt sleep trew the night, the 2 nites she got to go out she had to go home early due to the child unsettling

im so happy i bottle feed daniel, i have him in a routine which benefits the both of us.



i can understand your choice but in the way of your friend having an unsettled baby that is all due to lack of a good routine breast fed babies can be put on just as strict of routines as bottlefeed babies and will settle just as well for anyone else if that is the routine that they are put onto i have been given a brillant book called "Save Our Sleep" and it gives routines for bottle and breastfed babies and it teaches parents to put their babies into a routine that works for your personal circumstances and means as long as babysitters know and stick to the routines you should have no trouble getting some time to yourself....



 



in the way of those complaining about not getting out sorry girls but that is the choice you made when you got pregnant and kept the pregnancy not that i condone abortion but if your social life "suffers" because you can't plan it around your baby then maybe you should have thought a little bit better bout having the baby



 



i am not tring to critisize anyone for their decisions maybe you should just think bout what you put out on to public message boards because you never know how some of these comments sound to others

Jessica - posted on 09/13/2009

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I totally disagree with Caryn Ann Willhelm. Just because you don't breastfeed does not mean that you will not bond with your baby! Sorry but I know lots of infants that are bottle fed and have an amazing bond with their mothers!

Jessica - posted on 09/13/2009

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Just because you don't breastfeed doesn't mean you don't want to give your child/children the best

Stephanie - posted on 09/13/2009

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I know breast is best and brilliant for the child but it also has its disadvantages, no one else can feed your child, its feeding on demand, the child will be more attached to u and not settle for anyone else, harder to change it on to a bottle, cant go out, socialise.

i choose bottle, i didnt feel comfortable with breast, at 6 weeks i gave cooled boiled water at night time feed and after 2 nites he stopped waking up 4 it, wats the point waken up for water, hes now 7 months and has slept every nite from 7-7 since 6 weeks old,

he can also hold his own bottle and will settle for anyone, he also has been away at weekends in his daddys house and if i wa to breastfeed that wudnt have happened

my friend had a bay 3 weeks before me and she breast feed, she never goes out, her daughter still doesnt sleep trew the night, the 2 nites she got to go out she had to go home early due to the child unsettling

im so happy i bottle feed daniel, i have him in a routine which benefits the both of us.

Lorelei - posted on 09/13/2009

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Quoting Iysha:



Quoting Caryn Ann:

How can you even ask? If you love your baby and want to give him/her the best, breastfeed! If you want to know the benefits, check out http://www.llli.org/NB/NBbenefits.html
It's from the la leche league, a world-wide organization dedicated to making breastfeeding easier for moms everywhere. There's more info on the site than you could ever use, but the best thing is that there's experienced people in your city ready and willing to help you with any breastfeeding questions or problems you may have. Good luck with your new baby!





"How can you even ask? If you love your baby and want to give him/her the best, breastfeed!" So what is this implying.....That if a mom formula feeds her children, she doesn't love them and doesn't want what's best for them? I think that was a real bad choice of words. I absolutely HATE when people make comments like that one. Breastfeeding isn't for evryone and bad comments like that should definately not be said from one mom to another. We all love our children and do what we can for them.





I agree with you. but you need to think before there was formula the mother mad no choice but to breast feed. I breast feed my son i am not a big fan of it but i do it for him. I was formula fed because i was not having anything to do with it. If this was 100 years or more ago and the baby would not breast feed it would not survive. I know that sounds harsh but we produce milk for a reason and that is to feed out baby. You may ahve had problems with it btu from your original post it sounds like you hit the first road pump and gave up. MY son was in nicu for 7 days with an infection. I went there every three hours to feed him and i lived a half hour away.  At first he would not latch and he still wont i have to use a nipple sheild. but he gets what was designed just for him.



 



I do not have a problem with formula but I think that people who say formula is eaiser need to think at three in the mornig would you rather roll over a flop a boob out or get up and mix a bottle and hold to feed them.



 



 



I am not trying to be mean or harsh.

Sarah - posted on 09/13/2009

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can i just add that if infant formula was soo bad for your babys health they wouldn't have invented it anyway .. or it would have been banned =]

Kori - posted on 09/12/2009

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I bottle feed my baby, that doesnt mean that I love him any less, or am bonding with him any less. Breast milk is very good for babies but formula is not bad for a baby.. Boo to most of the people that commented on this with their very poor choice of words.

Lissel - posted on 09/11/2009

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personally i believe since breastfeeding is natural that that is the only way.... it isn't easy and i wanted to quit soooo many time but i am so glad i stuck with it and i know this is one thing that i am doing right.

Jessica - posted on 09/11/2009

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I bottle feed, because I find it less stressfull and I know how much my baby is getting.

Amber - posted on 09/11/2009

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Quoting Sarah:




like i said i did try. i managed for 10 days but i was an emotional wreck in those few days and i think my son could tell because he also seemed cranky at times back then. we both felt more relaxed and happier when we switched to formula.






i am actually proud of myself for lasting as long as i did .. okay so i didn't reach a month or 2 .. but i know many people that give up as soon as they bring their baby home from the hospital.i do admire people who manage to stick at breastfeeding but i dont think my son would have liked an emotional wreck of a mummy.but at least he got the colostrum which would have given him antibodies.






i know its no excuse but i'm pretty self concious of my chest as well .. since there a bit bigger than average ..






i actually work (well curently on my maternity leave for a year go back this winter) at mc donalds and obviously we all know the menu there isn't exactly great  .. but when you get it free on your break .. you can't really resist although i only eat chicken and fish .. but i suppose that didn't do my son much help when i was pregnant .. but he's a perfectly healthy little boy and i've still managed to loose my pregnancy weight despite this .. i'm actually a stone under weight now ..






i've always been anemic so that was one of my worrys if was still breastfeeding my son was that he wouldn't be getting enough iron.






my mum had 6 children (i'm the 2nd oldest) she only breastfed me till i was about 6days old .. but i'm perfectly healthy and me and my siblings are all clever .. my big sister is currently in her 3rd year at uni studying to become a nurse. i passed my a levels b-d last year i was supposed to be going to study law at uni but obviously i found out i was expecting .. and the first 4 of us have all passed our high school gcses grades a-e .. so i wouldn't necessarily say that formula fed babies aren't as intelligent as breastfed babies.






you talk about tooth decay but most parents take the time to brush their childs teeth morning and night .. as i am one of them now my sons teeth are through ..






i do however feed my son home made solid food and not jars ..






me and my boyfriend do not live together either hence another reason why i wasn't planning on doing it for the long term. i like the idea that they can bond whilst he's feeding him a bottle.






also that other people are able to feed him whilst i go about my day to day tasks .... i am one of these people who can not sit down whilst chores need downing .. so having someone else feed him helps






i suffer from migranes a lot so i also like the idea of being able to take any form of pain relief i can .. since paracetamol sucked and didn't help at all whilst pregnant .. i can use ibuprofen without having to worry about it harming my son.






i am also able  to drink without having to worry about alcohol getting into my milk. i'm 19 years old i still need to go out and have fun ..






plus i don't have to worry about weaning my son on to cups etc when he gets a bit older .. he already drinks diluted juice from one at meal times.





but you did try, and kudos to you for that!! some moms will get on message boards and go full-force against breastfeeding and they never even tried it. you have legitimate reasons not to breastfeed, and thats fine. im not here to judge, i just think some people need to open their minds to the idea of doing whats completely natural. but again, thats great that you at least gave it a shot.



i didnt say formula-fed kids are stupid, just that studies show that breastfed kids generally have higher IQs.



most moms actually dont brush their kids teeth until they're older (if ever) or else there would be less cavities in children :)



im 19 years old as well so i know all about needing to have fun! but are you really drinking so much that you couldnt feed your baby? you can still have some alcohol while youre breastfeeding, you just have to wait a couple hours before you nurse. that gives it time to get out of your system enough so that it wont hurt the baby.



about cups, you have to wean them to them eventually whether you breastfeed or use a bottle. if you can give the baby a cup now, you could have done so while breastfeeding as well.



again, im not judging you or anything, i just feel like you have some incorrect info. i hope i dont come across as a b**ch, im really not trying to. i just feel pretty strongly about this, and ive been doing serious research on it lately. i hope i was able to help someone a little bit with these facts...i dont know...



good luck to everyone though, breastfeeding or otherwise!

Cassie - posted on 09/11/2009

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I bottle fed son as i am epileptic so wasnt allowed 2 breast feed. I wanted 2 breastfeed but unfortunely couldnt. I was on alot of medication also as i had 2 have a emergency section and couldnt move for days

Sarah - posted on 09/11/2009

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Quoting amber:



Quoting Sarah:

can i just say im sorry if i offended any one with my comment i didn't necessarily intend to. .. i was just being being sarcastic and it was only meant as a laugh .. but i suppose not everyone always understands sarcastic tones sometimes.
hence why i put LOL at the end and a smiley with a tongue sticking out.
i was trying to defend bottle feeding in a jokey way since quite a lot of mothers seem to think that bottle feed always getting criticised ..

also can i point out that i don't necessarily think that breast is always the best .. because what if the mother doesn't eat a varied diet surely thats not healthy for herself or baby .. whereas with formula you can be sure that your baby is ALWAYS getting the correct nutrients.





its not a problem, everyone is entitled to their opinions. and believe me, i understand sarcasm, i just dont really think it was appropriate.






eating the same diet you're supposed to eat when your pregnant is all you need to do when breastfeeding. its really not that hard to do.






formula doesnt have all the best nutrients for the baby, and breastmilk has antibodies in it that formula doesnt have. they help to protect the baby from illnesses and infections that babies typically get.






there are actually hazards of formula that people seem to ignore. formula causes more tooth decay than breastmilk. a quote from www.pregnancychildbirth.suite101.com: "The lack of calcium that can be absorbed in infant formula can lead babies to become hypocalcemic and suffer from seizures and tetany." formula-fed babies have a 50% greater chance of developing type 1 diabetes then breastfed babies. formula-fed babies have twice the incidence of SIDS as compared to breastfed babies. formula-fed babies have lower IQs.






breastmilk is perfectly and naturally designed for human babies, not artificially created in labs. nature knows what is best for us and our babies...more than anyone can say about scientists! "Babies were not meant to be fed a diet from cows and plants. What we need to realize is that infant formula is not only an expensive imitation of breastmilk, it can be hazardous to your babies health. Babies should only be fed a diet of breastmilk substitutes when there is no other way to feed the baby."






obviously, if you cant breastfeed, formula is the only thing you can do. however, not wanting to for any reason is not a good enough excuse. breastfeeding is rarely easy at first, thats why they say stick to it! if you're able to do it, why not? its so good for your baby and just as good for the woman doing it! you should research the advantages for the mother as well, theres so many really good things about breastfeeding, i dont understand why people dont at least try it.






people always say we shouldnt eat artificial foods and processed foods, why should the baby be any different?





like i said i did try. i managed for 10 days but i was an emotional wreck in those few days and i think my son could tell because he also seemed cranky at times back then. we both felt more relaxed and happier when we switched to formula.



i am actually proud of myself for lasting as long as i did .. okay so i didn't reach a month or 2 .. but i know many people that give up as soon as they bring their baby home from the hospital.i do admire people who manage to stick at breastfeeding but i dont think my son would have liked an emotional wreck of a mummy.but at least he got the colostrum which would have given him antibodies.



i know its no excuse but i'm pretty self concious of my chest as well .. since there a bit bigger than average ..



i actually work (well curently on my maternity leave for a year go back this winter) at mc donalds and obviously we all know the menu there isn't exactly great  .. but when you get it free on your break .. you can't really resist although i only eat chicken and fish .. but i suppose that didn't do my son much help when i was pregnant .. but he's a perfectly healthy little boy and i've still managed to loose my pregnancy weight despite this .. i'm actually a stone under weight now ..



i've always been anemic so that was one of my worrys if was still breastfeeding my son was that he wouldn't be getting enough iron.



my mum had 6 children (i'm the 2nd oldest) she only breastfed me till i was about 6days old .. but i'm perfectly healthy and me and my siblings are all clever .. my big sister is currently in her 3rd year at uni studying to become a nurse. i passed my a levels b-d last year i was supposed to be going to study law at uni but obviously i found out i was expecting .. and the first 4 of us have all passed our high school gcses grades a-e .. so i wouldn't necessarily say that formula fed babies aren't as intelligent as breastfed babies.



you talk about tooth decay but most parents take the time to brush their childs teeth morning and night .. as i am one of them now my sons teeth are through ..



i do however feed my son home made solid food and not jars ..



me and my boyfriend do not live together either hence another reason why i wasn't planning on doing it for the long term. i like the idea that they can bond whilst he's feeding him a bottle.



also that other people are able to feed him whilst i go about my day to day tasks .... i am one of these people who can not sit down whilst chores need downing .. so having someone else feed him helps



i suffer from migranes a lot so i also like the idea of being able to take any form of pain relief i can .. since paracetamol sucked and didn't help at all whilst pregnant .. i can use ibuprofen without having to worry about it harming my son.



i am also able  to drink without having to worry about alcohol getting into my milk. i'm 19 years old i still need to go out and have fun ..



plus i don't have to worry about weaning my son on to cups etc when he gets a bit older .. he already drinks diluted juice from one at meal times.



 



 

Amber - posted on 09/11/2009

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Quoting Sarah:

can i just say im sorry if i offended any one with my comment i didn't necessarily intend to. .. i was just being being sarcastic and it was only meant as a laugh .. but i suppose not everyone always understands sarcastic tones sometimes.
hence why i put LOL at the end and a smiley with a tongue sticking out.
i was trying to defend bottle feeding in a jokey way since quite a lot of mothers seem to think that bottle feed always getting criticised ..

also can i point out that i don't necessarily think that breast is always the best .. because what if the mother doesn't eat a varied diet surely thats not healthy for herself or baby .. whereas with formula you can be sure that your baby is ALWAYS getting the correct nutrients.


its not a problem, everyone is entitled to their opinions. and believe me, i understand sarcasm, i just dont really think it was appropriate.



eating the same diet you're supposed to eat when your pregnant is all you need to do when breastfeeding. its really not that hard to do.



formula doesnt have all the best nutrients for the baby, and breastmilk has antibodies in it that formula doesnt have. they help to protect the baby from illnesses and infections that babies typically get.



there are actually hazards of formula that people seem to ignore. formula causes more tooth decay than breastmilk. a quote from www.pregnancychildbirth.suite101.com: "The lack of calcium that can be absorbed in infant formula can lead babies to become hypocalcemic and suffer from seizures and tetany." formula-fed babies have a 50% greater chance of developing type 1 diabetes then breastfed babies. formula-fed babies have twice the incidence of SIDS as compared to breastfed babies. formula-fed babies have lower IQs.



breastmilk is perfectly and naturally designed for human babies, not artificially created in labs. nature knows what is best for us and our babies...more than anyone can say about scientists! "Babies were not meant to be fed a diet from cows and plants. What we need to realize is that infant formula is not only an expensive imitation of breastmilk, it can be hazardous to your babies health. Babies should only be fed a diet of breastmilk substitutes when there is no other way to feed the baby."



obviously, if you cant breastfeed, formula is the only thing you can do. however, not wanting to for any reason is not a good enough excuse. breastfeeding is rarely easy at first, thats why they say stick to it! if you're able to do it, why not? its so good for your baby and just as good for the woman doing it! you should research the advantages for the mother as well, theres so many really good things about breastfeeding, i dont understand why people dont at least try it.



people always say we shouldnt eat artificial foods and processed foods, why should the baby be any different?

Sarah - posted on 09/11/2009

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can i just say im sorry if i offended any one with my comment i didn't necessarily intend to. .. i was just being being sarcastic and it was only meant as a laugh .. but i suppose not everyone always understands sarcastic tones sometimes.

hence why i put LOL at the end and a smiley with a tongue sticking out.

i was trying to defend bottle feeding in a jokey way since quite a lot of mothers seem to think that bottle feed always getting criticised ..



also can i point out that i don't necessarily think that breast is always the best .. because what if the mother doesn't eat a varied diet surely thats not healthy for herself or baby .. whereas with formula you can be sure that your baby is ALWAYS getting the correct nutrients.

Stephanie - posted on 09/11/2009

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I wanted to breastfeed my daughter, because I wasn't and I've always been very sick. I was only able to do it for 4 months. My supply dried up, despite all attempts to keep it going.

Cleo - posted on 09/11/2009

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Breastfed.. Why? because i was able. I feel that it is easier and a great start for my baby's life. I understand why some people don't or can't but if i suddenly had complications i would be devastated! I have been beast feeding now for 4 and a half months and i'm glad i stuck through the hard times it was well worth it :D.

Helen Katrina - posted on 09/11/2009

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i brestfed for about 1 1/2 months but had complications so i had to switch to bottle....

Sam - posted on 09/11/2009

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Sarah i don't think you realise some of those mums walking around the shopping centre with blankets over their shoulder may actually be breastfeeding while doing the shopping but because they are calm confident and discreet many do not even know they are doing it but if your baby needs to eat and you want to breast feed sometimes it comes down to walking around the shops discreetly breastfeeding with no one any the wiser

Amber - posted on 09/09/2009

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Quoting Sarah:


 



so your gonna walk around a shop with your boob hanging out when your babys hungry ? lol 






 :-P







that is PAINFULLY selfish!

Ashley - posted on 09/09/2009

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I did all the reading i possibly could and decided that breastfeeding was best for my child and myself. He is a very healthy boy and was never sick when he was breastfeeding. I weened him at 15 months. It can be stressful at times. It helps if you have someone to talk to. The hospital I gave birth at had a lactation consultant that I could call if I ever needed help or had any questions. She called once in a while just to see how things were going. Plus...Its FREE. How can you beat that in this economy? Best of luck!! =)

Sarah - posted on 09/09/2009

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Quoting Nikki:

Breastfed first born for 6months, regret stopping, I just didnt have the information or support. Am exclusively breastfeeding number two, whom is seven moths old now. Why? Its normal. Just do a little reading up on the damage that artificial milk puts your child at risk of - increased risk of a compromised immune system, bowel cancer, earinfections, diabetes, obesity etc etc and for mumma; increased risk of breastcancer, postnatal depression, osteoperosis, diabetes etc etc.If I had fully comprehenended these risks with my first born there is no way he would have ever had that first bottle.

Not to mention how bloomin easy it is; no getting up during the night, just roll over and pop a boob in bubs mouth and snooze. No screaming baby in the shop, just pop a boob in, no nappy bag to take with me, all I need is a nappy and wetwipes in my purse, no sterilising bottles or waiting for the jug to boil. I can breastfeed and type and suf the net. EASY :)



it was opposite in my case. i was on the verge of suffering from post natal depression when BREASTFEEDING 



 



so your gonna walk around a shop with your boob hanging out when your babys hungry ? lol 



 :-P



 



i can bottle feed and type and surf the net all at the same time as well.

Sarah - posted on 09/09/2009

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excuse me people .. saying that you only get a special bonding experience when you breast feed .. hmmm well that sounds urmm b******* sorry.

me and my son have an excellent bond .. we spend all our time together and he is a complete mummys boy =]

Sarah - posted on 09/09/2009

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i breastfed my son for the first 10 days of his life .. i wasn't planning on doing long term but it was the hardest most stressful thing i had ever done.he used to fall asleep as soon as i put him to the breast and only stay on for a very short while... i'd put him down he'd wake up screaming again .. and the cycle just repeated. it stressed me out because obviously you cannot see how much your baby is taking. i tried pumping but ialso found that difficult and it hurt like hell. i was on the verge of suffering from pnd .. i cried constantly.in the end i switched to formula and it is the best thing i ever did .. immediately we both felt happier and it felt like a huge weight had been lifted off my shoulders.

my son is now 7months old and doing absolutely fine .. he's perfectly healthy and accomplished a lot of milestones such as crawling.

other than having to switch the brand of formula he's on several tmes due to spit up and problems with wind.. i asked my mum if he would have this problem if i was breastfeeding still .. and she said he probably still would. formula appears to be whats best for my baby. obviously theres going to be a bit of trial and error with everything in life.. my son is now on aptamil easy digest .. its a thicker formula which is easier on his tummy.

i dont understand how people can say bottlefeeding is lazy though .. since you have to boil a kettle add the correct amount of water then the same amount of powder shake leave to cool then feed. much more effort to feed a baby .. heck a heard one girl say that she was going to breast feed her baby since she was actually too lazy to make up bottles lol!

Caitelyn - posted on 09/09/2009

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I'm still breastfeeding at 18 weeks, I am able to, and am blessed in that, because i am a stay at home mum, who is still studying for school... and even when i go back to school next year i'll continue to breastfeed, by expressing... I am not against formula, it is totally the mothers choise, i've given him formula on occasion, though unfortunately for me, it makes me feel extremely guilty... have no idea why...

Brooke - posted on 09/07/2009

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I think a lot of people seem to be judging mothers on bottlefeeding. I breastfed for 10 weeks, yes I would have liked to have gone longer but to say that you are doing wrong by your baby is horrible. I love my daughter and she is very happy and healthy being bottlefed. She is not over weight at all and is developing at a faster pace then some others. I dont think it has anything to do with wether your child is bottlefed or breastfed, it has to do with the parents.

Iysha - posted on 09/07/2009

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Quoting Caryn Ann:

How can you even ask? If you love your baby and want to give him/her the best, breastfeed! If you want to know the benefits, check out http://www.llli.org/NB/NBbenefits.html
It's from the la leche league, a world-wide organization dedicated to making breastfeeding easier for moms everywhere. There's more info on the site than you could ever use, but the best thing is that there's experienced people in your city ready and willing to help you with any breastfeeding questions or problems you may have. Good luck with your new baby!


"How can you even ask? If you love your baby and want to give him/her the best, breastfeed!" So what is this implying.....That if a mom formula feeds her children, she doesn't love them and doesn't want what's best for them? I think that was a real bad choice of words. I absolutely HATE when people make comments like that one. Breastfeeding isn't for evryone and bad comments like that should definately not be said from one mom to another. We all love our children and do what we can for them.

Nikki - posted on 09/07/2009

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Breastfed first born for 6months, regret stopping, I just didnt have the information or support. Am exclusively breastfeeding number two, whom is seven moths old now. Why? Its normal. Just do a little reading up on the damage that artificial milk puts your child at risk of - increased risk of a compromised immune system, bowel cancer, earinfections, diabetes, obesity etc etc and for mumma; increased risk of breastcancer, postnatal depression, osteoperosis, diabetes etc etc.If I had fully comprehenended these risks with my first born there is no way he would have ever had that first bottle.



Not to mention how bloomin easy it is; no getting up during the night, just roll over and pop a boob in bubs mouth and snooze. No screaming baby in the shop, just pop a boob in, no nappy bag to take with me, all I need is a nappy and wetwipes in my purse, no sterilising bottles or waiting for the jug to boil. I can breastfeed and type and suf the net. EASY :)

Iysha - posted on 09/07/2009

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I bottle feed. My baby was in the NICU for 17 days with issues eating. Since I didn't have the supply and my baby had a hard time with breast feeding, I used the only other option. I could have breast fed and tried to work with my baby and my supply, but it was just too time consuming and too frustrating for the both of us. Bottle feeding seems easier anyway. I can just have her bottles ready with room temp water and have pre measured amounts of formula to take with me when I want to go out.Plus, I know how much food she's getting and that she is getting all the nutrients she needs. It takes all the guess work out of everything.

Rachael - posted on 09/07/2009

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i prefer breastfeeding myself. its better for you and your baby, and you get that special time with your little one

Anastasia - posted on 09/07/2009

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i did a combination of both when my daughter was 1st born....i breastfed most of the day and evening but late @ night she was bottlefed so her father could bond with her and have his daddy daughter time with her....now @ almost 2 months she's just bottlefed.....

Amber - posted on 09/06/2009

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im 10 weeks pregnant with my first baby and i am definitely going to breastfeed!!! i've known that was what i want to do since i was 12 years old. i plan on breastfeeding until the baby is completely ready for sippy cups, at least the first year. its so much healthier than formula and when you bottle feed, you dont get the special bonding that comes with breastfeeding.

Chelle - posted on 09/06/2009

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i think breast is best . i dont feed my daughter breast milk any more because i wasnt making enuf and i dryd up very quickly....but i express breast fed her for the all important first week or two of breast milk... even though she was in intensive care i was down in the unit 3 or 4 times a day expressing for her. she is doing well on formula now but i know breast would have been better....some mums have trouble with constipation in ther babys if they are formula fed.

Sara - posted on 09/05/2009

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i breastfeed my baby too. its wat cheaper then buying furmila, and its healthy for her.
shes 3 days away from bn 7 months old and shes sooo heathy.
i just wanted to know what everyones thoughts were on breast vs bottle.

Tana - posted on 09/05/2009

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breastfeed!!!! I'm dong it with my daughter and i love it i love knowing i'm giving her something no one else can giver her

Caryn Ann - posted on 09/05/2009

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How can you even ask? If you love your baby and want to give him/her the best, breastfeed! If you want to know the benefits, check out http://www.llli.org/NB/NBbenefits.html

It's from the la leche league, a world-wide organization dedicated to making breastfeeding easier for moms everywhere. There's more info on the site than you could ever use, but the best thing is that there's experienced people in your city ready and willing to help you with any breastfeeding questions or problems you may have. Good luck with your new baby!

Michelle - posted on 09/05/2009

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I breastfeed my daughter, I also breastfed my 1st daughter until she was 1. The benefits alonf from bfing is AMAZING! Plus the incredible bonding experiance. My oldest daughter is 2, she was born in may of 2007. That winter there was LOTS of things going around. All of my friends babies who were the same age as her were catching all these nasty colds and RSV, but Kylee (my daughter) was NEVER sick a single time for her first year of life, and I truly believe that it is bc I bf her.

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