breastfeeding: is it worth it? does it hurt. what was your experiance?

Meg - posted on 11/22/2009 ( 71 moms have responded )

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i'm 5 months along. and i want to breastfeed my daughter when she is born. but i keep hearing horror stories. I really want the bonding expreiance i keep hearing about. any advice.

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Jessica - posted on 12/06/2009

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dont listen to anyones stories, every mum n baby is individual, i was adiment my whole pregnancy that i was gonna breastfeed, and wen i had her i only lasted 2 days, i have F cup breasts and my daughter couldnt attatch proply and unless u fully put the breast and ur whole areola in their mouth they will just suck on ur nipple then ur nipples get incredibly raw n soar and it feels like a knife twisting inside u wen u feed. i hated it cos i felt like i wasnt giving my bubby wat she needed, so i went straight to formula. the midwifes were really horrible about it, made me feel bad about not breast feeding, and i felt SOOOOOOOOOOOOO guilty for ages but my bub is just as healthy and fat as any other 6 month old, and for me personally i liked not breastfeeding cos it gave me a bit of normality back in my life like my fiance could feed her n stuff too, she wasnt completly dependant on me and i was able to have a bit of freedom. its not for everyone just remember that, if u can do it GREAT if u cant dont beat urself up about it!!! just enjoy all of it, good luck xx

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Justine - posted on 01/07/2010

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If you are considering it then you should probably at least give it a try. If you don't like it then quit. I had a friend who breastfed and quit after a week because it hurt so bad but I on the other hand NEVER got hurt. Not even the first time I did it. I found breastfeeding to feel relieving. I think it all depends on you and your body, so I would say at least try it once and see what you think of it.

Susan - posted on 01/04/2010

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Quoting meg:

wow thanks for the tips. i will write all that down. thanks so much i really want to breast feed my daughter. but my family has had trouble with it. like none of the women produce enough milk. i may not either :(



everyone woman is capaple of making enough milk i didn't have that problem I had latch on issues but we worked thrugh it and my daughter just started solids ( she is 6 months) i would try a pump from the hopsial and pump as often as u can to produce milk! good luck!!

Claire - posted on 12/29/2009

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i say go give it a try.. i breastfed only for 2weeks because i couldn't stand the pain anymore.. i felt guilty when i gave her formula but i just couldn't stand the soreness cos my nipples cracked and was bleeding already and she was wanting milk every 3hrs so it wasnt healing really.. But if u try it and u feel no pain just continue it ur lucky u won't need to spend all those hours on bottles and sterilizing them and money on formula.. but the bonding with me and my daughter is totally fine even though i had her on formula.. the most important thing is for ur baby to have some of the colustrum milk- it's the first thing of milk that comes out on ur breasts their sticky and thick and yellowish and very healthy it's a vitamins for newborns, so aim for that! good luck :)

Michelle - posted on 12/29/2009

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I really tried to breastfeed my son and he seemed like a champ when he first started. When I took him home from the hospital he stopped eating and wouldnt latch on. We tried all weekend and by the time I took him to the doctor on monday he had lost an additional 10 ounces from when we left the hospital. I had to suppliment with formula because he was dehidrated. By the time the week was up and his weight was back to normal all he wanted was his bottle and my milk was drying up. We tried with with the lactation consultalt and I was pumping but I just couldnt keep up with what he needed.

Give it a shot though. And ask to see a lactation consultant if the hospital your at has one. They can be really helpful and give some great advice!

Terra - posted on 12/29/2009

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I breastfed my son for a month and a half. I so wished I hadn't gone back to school because a couple of days after, my milk pretty much dried up. I was so upset when it did because i had lost so much of the baby weight so fast and i felt like I had lost that certain connection with my son.

The other thing is that I had started off with just pumping because we had some issues where my son couldnt be with me to breastfeed him. But there was only a little pain for like two days and whenever I got too full. Other than that though, it was great. I would do it if I were you, its worth it. :]

Brittany - posted on 12/28/2009

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Don't let it scare you!!! i've been breastfeeding from the start my son has never had a bottle and he is 7 1/2 months old! the more relaxed you are the better it will be. i had no pain really, but that was thanks to my lactation consultant. she said it all depends on the latch. I'm so glad your considering it! It's such a beautiful thing!

Kaitlyn - posted on 12/12/2009

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I'll be honest.. Breastfeeding goes both ways. It has good and bad qualities. So lets start with the bad. Because you've never had a child latch onto your breast it IS going to hurt. There are many things that can happen.. your nipples can become dry and even crack and bleed. The best way to resolve this or keep it from happening is to invest in lanolin (i dunno if i spelled that right). It is no toxic to children and helps to keep the nipples moisturized. However.. a time goes on the pain WILL lessen and eventually go away. You'll want to feed your child because of milk buildup more than anything. As for the good.. I always found that breastfeeding doesn't cause a greater bond but it does give you fifteen minuts or so to get off your feet and relax with your baby. Which EVERY new mother can say is DEFINITLY needed. It helps with the babies immune system and I have RARELY heard of a breastfed baby being over weight or having many health problems at all.



I personally breastfed my son for four and a half months which isn't long compared to some however.. due to work i couldn't feed him and my milk dried up. I found that i loved it while i was doing it. It gave me a few minutes every few hours to look at my baby and cherish him. Ultimately it's up to you.. but if anyone asks I would personally push it!! I hope I helped!!

Aleisa - posted on 12/10/2009

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Breast feeding is the most relaxing, albeit a tad painful when they latch on at first, but a perfect bonding experience. I nursed my daughter for about 5 months, and I regret stopping so early but my ta-tas were super sensitive, so I had to. It's worth it, so if you can, then do so. ♥

Kimberley - posted on 12/10/2009

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my daughter is now 8 months old... i was only 16 when i had her but breast fed from the start. in my experience it hurt for about a week.. but thats only because they didnt show me how 2 latch her on properly.. after that i loved every second !!! unfortunatly i had 2 stop when she was 14weeks old due 2 her passing on an infection 2 me which was making her poorly and the doctors couldnt get rid.. i was gutted and even now.. 5 months later.. still wish i was breastfeeding !! i would recomend breastdeeing.. its easy and something only a mother could do !! all you can do is give it a go and see how you feel !! good luck !! xx

Leslie - posted on 12/10/2009

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Quoting meg:

i really want to breast feed my daughter. but my family has had trouble with it. like none of the women produce enough milk. i may not either :(


Meg, try not to worry about this right now. There is so much help and support out there for moms that want to breast feed so when problems come up there is more than likely a solution. In rare situations can a mom not breast feed. 



If I can make one suggestion try to find a breastfeeding support group or a LLL (La Leche League) group that meets close to where you live. Start going to the meetings in your 8th & 9th month of pregnancy so you can get to know the leaders and other moms. You can learn about breastfeeding from those moms and the leaders always offer good tips. These support groups are WONDERFUL for new moms and they will be able to help direct you should any problems or concerns come up.

Liana - posted on 12/09/2009

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Meg-brest is best for baby, i was 20 when i had my little one and stragith away when i ofund out i was preg, i made up my mid that i would breastfeed. howerver, i only managed it for 9 weeks. - its very tough and i now regret not trying to stick with it abit longer, my girl is now 4 months and on formula full time. shes fine, but i look at other moms breastfeeding and wish i was still doing it. as for the pain, it doesnt hurt alot, your nipples with get abit sore, but they will soon toughen up and then be fine, if your breasts get to full and start to hurt, you mush massage them with a warm flannel so as not to get masstitis. and when you stop feeding, they will hurt-mine hurt like hell. hope this helsp :)

Ashley - posted on 12/09/2009

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It hurt @ first but once u get over the pain its well worth it. itz good 4 dem

Tiffany Jill - posted on 12/07/2009

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i didnt find that it hurt to start with unless he wasnt latched on properly . i onli found it hurt if he was latched on for aggggggggggges . or wanted to feed to regularly which because i became anemic and dint get enough nurtients it did but generaly speakin i dint think it did

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It does hurt at first a bit but I say at least try it for awhile, like 1-2 months, to see if it is worth it for you. I did it for only 2 months. I originally didn't think it was for me and didn't want to do it but it was important to my son's dad so I tried it. 2 months along I still really didn't enjoy, not because of the pain, I just didn't like it. I stopped and my son is formula fed and doing well on it. And now I know that formula feeding is right for me, so I don't have any what if's or regrets

Tiffany Jill - posted on 12/07/2009

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also i resteled with the decision to breast or bottle right up to the moment he was born. and im glad i picked breast to start with, id say give it a try cos even if u decide u dnt like it after the first week you can stop and ur baby has had that lil extra boost of immunites. it wont take long for your boobs to reduce in size and your milk to dry up and stop leaking... which is prob the onli downfall of breast feeding...leaking but stil despite the leakage its deffo worth it just get sum boobs bads for your bra :]

Tiffany Jill - posted on 12/07/2009

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well i started breastfeeding staright away and altho i thought id find it abit weird id never felt closer to anythin in my life the bond it gives you and your baby is so amazing. unfortunatly i had to stop tho, 2 reasons. one i became very anemic in pregnacy and altho i had a large milk supply my baby just cud get enough as ther was not enough nutrients in my milk so sumtyms he was latched on for like an hour n half n wanted feeding every half hour to an hour. which was bad n abit sore. so i started a combination of bottles and breast but again stil had to stop as i had fairly large breasts to start with and as my boobs grew with teh milk i ended up finding a size g bra was far to small and i felt as tho i cud not breath my boobs wer so big as i onli have a small frame so i had to stop breast feeding after a few weeks so they wud reduce in size and take away the pressure on my chest . but if it wasnt for that i would have deffintly carried on breast feeding cos of the bond it gives you like i sed and all the benefits it has for you and your baby. example its sed that breastfeeding can help prevent colic, as soon as i stopped breastfeeding my son got colic. and colic is a nightmare , i repeat a nightmare lol. so i wud say breastfeed :) if you can do it its deffintly worth it

Christina - posted on 12/06/2009

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its the best for the baby but you do whats right for you. the best advice is to keep trying if you have a bad experience the first time then try again later. you and the baby are both gonna be new at it, you will both be learning. it hurts if the baby isnt latched on right, so you really want to get help from a lactation consultant at the hospital, that really helps alot and they can give you alot of advice.

Stephanie - posted on 12/05/2009

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i had breast fed my little girl only a couple of times because she didnt realy latch on and get the concept and it took like 15 minutes to hopefully get her latched on correctly but i wish she did get it because i really wanted to. but it only hurts if they are not latched on correctly and i had experienced that and it does hurt and it is time consuming. GOOD LUCK

Kari - posted on 12/04/2009

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the bonding is the most precious thing in the world its just the way that they look up at ou it so sweet my daughter is now 10 months old and i stopped breast feeding her when she was 8 months it started to hurt. i always said that i would stop when she got teeth or when it hurt and she still has no teeth. my biggest suggestion is if you do decide to breastfeed give her a bottle of breast milk at least once a week so then she is used to the bottle as well. it is awkward you know having some one on your breast, lol, but it builds their immune system so much faster and better than formula and they will have better brain function. one problem with it is that when you do decide to stop breast feeding it is going to hurt from your body trying to produce and stop making the milk, they will swell suggestion ice packs sports bras and if you have to ace bandages REALLY tight i found that it helped me sleep if i took a vicodine before bed, its hard to get comfy. this will last for about a week and then they will go back down to normak size so dont get used to the nice looking boobs, lol just kidding. i was an a before i got pregnant, a b throughout pregnancy and feeding and a d when i stopped and am back to an a, needless to say the old man of mine misses them d's dearly lol it truly is the absolute best thing for your child from the get go they still can not make a formula that can do all a mothers milk can and i is a great experience and also easy in the middle of the night feedings those are always the best lol at 1 am 3 am lol

Hannah - posted on 12/04/2009

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I would reccomend trying it. i have a ten month old and i loved it but he didnt get a good latch at first so it was painful and i actually got scabs on my nipples, but as long as you make sure that when you first breastfeed the baby gets a good latch and you keep that good latch, you should be fine and it shouldnt hurt much.

Kaitlin - posted on 12/04/2009

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I breastfed my son for 6 months and the bonding experience is amazing. I think i weaned him to early (but had no choice because my milk was starting to dry up) cuz he is now 9 months and still tries to breastfeed thru my shirt for comfort or when he is tired. I heard all the horror stories of your nipples being sore and getting dry etc but i only experienced the discomfort while i was in the hospital.. After my milk came in it seemed as tho my son latched on better and it didnt hurt as much.. start using nipple cream a few weeks before your due date and pinch your nipples as you apply it to toughen them up a little bit.. Also.. when you are in the hospital there are nurses and lactation consultants there to help. If you feel any discomfort at all after the baby latches on, unlatch him/her and try again until the latch feels right. Remember that its new for both of you and it will take a little practice but breastmilk is the best food for a baby so its worth it!!!!

Kayla - posted on 12/04/2009

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Quoting Lindz:

It benifits your child so much. It's proven that babies get fewer (if any) ear infections, are sick less (breast milk passes on your immunities), makes babies fuller for longer. Im a breast feeding mom. It's easy to breast feed because you can do it anywhere. It's way faster than getting a bottle ready. It's saves A LOT of money (a container is like 23$). It's excellent bonding for you and your child. The skin to skin makes the baby happy and helps to make them feel safe. If your not into actually having your child on your breast I highly suggest getting a breast pump. That way your child can still get all the wonderful benefits. Only advice I have is get a pump it's helps a lot to have extra on hand in case you need some1 to baby sit also if u need a break have some1 else feed her. Use nipple creams; Those will be your best friends! Also be patient your baby knows from the minute she is born how to feed. It will take like 3 days for your milk to come in but let ur baby get the pre-milk called colostrum it's very high in vitamins and it also lets your baby practice.


but the thing is its your decision DONT let anybody tell you that formula is bad. 

simalac and i also saw another mother say something about good start are both 

wonderful formulas, and more like breastmilk. your not a bad mother just because 

your notlike all the breastfeeding mothers. and like a woman said in an earlier post 

there is NO special place in heaven for breastfeeding moms. Follow your mother 

instincts. And as for the ear infections that is a load of crock because i was a formula baby and i had never had a ear ache or ear infection until the day before I found out I 

was pregnant. my friends babies that are exclusively breastfed have been sick 

majority of their lives which they are 5 months old and have been hospitalized for 2 of 

those months due to ear infections and RSV. But like I said it is your decision on what you think is best. In MOST cases breast is NOT best! MY THOUGHTS and OPINIONS, so no one can judge me on my opinion. Also you can still bond when your child is on formula and so can 

the father. In my opinion it is better because both parents get to bond with the baby.

Paige - posted on 12/03/2009

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Breast feeding is defenitly worth it!!! It's the healthier, better choice for feeding your newborn/child. It has nutrients in ur milk that formula doesn't have. It also helps build up your baby's immune system faster/better, and it helps you lose your baby/prego. fat! :) It also helps keep your child from being chubby. Breastfeeding can hurt for the first week, but don't give up! There are plenty of creams, and positions you can use to make things more comfy and better for you and your baby. After the first week or two, you'll be a pro at breast feeding. You can read nursing books too to help you figurte it out and help you decide what you want to do. Not to mention it's a GREAT way for you and your baby to bond! I plan to breast feed myself! :) Good Luck!! ♥

Brooke - posted on 12/01/2009

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dont listen to horror stories!! Bad things only happen when the new mother is misinformed or doesn't have the support she needs for a great breastfeeding experience. As long as you ask for help you will be fine. Keep your diet healthy and feed her when ever she is hungry.. try not to give her any formula at all unless you are prepared for your milk supply to decrease.

I fed my daughter for 10 weeks. I wanted to do it much longer but by the time she was 6 weeks I was having trouble. My Dr told me to give her a night bottle of formula to settle her better but with in a couple of weeks my supply had decreased so much that she was having a bottle after every time I fed her..

I would suggest getting a book and informing yourself as much as you can.

If it doesn't work out then dont worry... formula is not the end of the world!!

Haley - posted on 11/30/2009

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it dont hurt and i loved it. I loved bonding with my little boy, when you breastfeed your baby and you are close and they get to see ther mommy more, they can only see 14in away so its perfect for you baby to see who his/her mommy is. I did it and sometimes i still breast feed him. I would honestly do it, you wont regret it.

Nicole - posted on 11/30/2009

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breastfeeding is great for your child, some new mothers have problems with breast feeding i.e you dont have enough milk, i breast feed for 3 months till i had nothing left tp give, i used the pump as my daughter wouldnt latch on. yes breastfeeding can get sore you nipples may crack and bleed but there is cream and gels and coolling ice packs which you can get to soothe them, if you do decide to get a pump dont get an electric pump as you want to take it easy and they go too fast and can make you very sore!, at the end of the day breastfeeding isnt for everyone, give it a try and if you not happy then just stop, yes breast is best for your baby, but there is loads of formulas out there that are good too! hope this helps! :D

Abby - posted on 11/29/2009

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once you get past the first month or so it doesnt hurt at all! get some vitamen E and lansinoh to help at first!

Debra - posted on 11/29/2009

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Breastfeeding is fantastic but you won't realise just how great it is until you stop!

Leandra - posted on 11/29/2009

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i gave birth soon after my 16th birthday and i breastfed my daughter for about 6 weeks. The only pain i ever really had was when I first started. Breast feeding apparently helps you uterus contract and go back to its normal place and size alot sooner. It may seem painful to some people who experience it after birth that had any pain killers while giving birth, but i never had any pain meds and the pain i experienced didnt feel any worse than regular menstrual cramps. Either way I do hope you make the choice that you feel more comfortable with.

Shelby - posted on 11/28/2009

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I decided the moment I found out I was pregnant that I would breastfeed. It is completely worth it for many reasons. Breast milk provides your child with a stronger immune systems, provides everything they need, and things they can't get with formula. Helps you drop the baby weight, and gives you the time with your child that no one else can take from you. The bonding experience is amazing, and I am dreading the day I will have to stop breastfeeding my son. The only time it hurts, is if you're doing it wrong. So long as you have a proper latch there is no pain. However when you're milk first comes in, or when you get full it is a little painful.

Sarah-Jayne - posted on 11/28/2009

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hiya meg i am 19 now but was 18 when i had my son he is now two month old and i breast feed him i had decided very early on in my pregnancy i wanted to breast feed like u i heard all the horror stories but stuck with my decision. its the best thing i have every done for my son its healthy its easy and comftobale its free,painless and and best of all i enjoy the bonding x x hope u do whats best for you best luck Sarah-Jaynex x

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i breastfeed my baby boy for the first month or so of his life, i loved it! but... this 'breast is best' buisness.. it doesnt not give or take for bumps in the road such as premature babies or even hungry babies like my son. the first 10 days of breast milk is theeee best, after that, formula is just as healthy for your child as breast milk these days. it has as much vitamins and minerals as your own body. i dont believe that breastfeeding is as bad as people make it out to be. yes, when your milk starts to come in, you are sore but a bit of mild pain relief, warm showers and a bit of expressing to let them down a bit will help to ease the mild pain until your milk adjusts. you can bond just as much with bottle as you can breast. you still have that tiny little baby staring at you while you are feeding them, recognizing who you are. it is your decision to breastfeed, dont let anyone force you in or out of the decision you make.

Lindz - posted on 11/27/2009

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oh by the way.. please message me if you want or need any help with anything at all. even after your daughter is born. i would be glad to help

Lindz - posted on 11/27/2009

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It benifits your child so much. It's proven that babies get fewer (if any) ear infections, are sick less (breast milk passes on your immunities), makes babies fuller for longer. Im a breast feeding mom. It's easy to breast feed because you can do it anywhere. It's way faster than getting a bottle ready. It's saves A LOT of money (a container is like 23$). It's excellent bonding for you and your child. The skin to skin makes the baby happy and helps to make them feel safe. If your not into actually having your child on your breast I highly suggest getting a breast pump. That way your child can still get all the wonderful benefits. Only advice I have is get a pump it's helps a lot to have extra on hand in case you need some1 to baby sit also if u need a break have some1 else feed her. Use nipple creams; Those will be your best friends! Also be patient your baby knows from the minute she is born how to feed. It will take like 3 days for your milk to come in but let ur baby get the pre-milk called colostrum it's very high in vitamins and it also lets your baby practice.

Sarah - posted on 11/27/2009

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I breastfed my boy without a formula sup till he was 9 months, and then droped the breastfeeding completely when he was a year old. Id deff recommend it, saves you 100's, actually more like 1000's in formular. I was set on breastfeeding from day one. The one thing i never knew was the pain of it, everyone says it hurts when your milk drys up, but they dont actually tell you about the sore nipples you get when you first start. I remember thinking, 'now i know why so many people dont breastfeed', but after the first week and your boobs getting used to it its awesome. the best bonding between you and your babe. It was specail to me also for the fact that i was the only one who could do it ( the dad and the grandys cant!) i deff recommend it, and im sure anyone who gets though the initial part would agree with me. good luck!!!

Sabra - posted on 11/26/2009

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Breatfeeding is one of those really touchy subjects. Alot of people think its the only way to go and you are a bad person if you dont. Just remember there is no special place in heaven for people who breastfeed. IT is the best thing for your baby and many studies have proven that but it is hard.They have alot of good formulas right now anyways. Nestle good start natural cultres I found is fantastic and claims to be close to breast feeding (it is alot more expensive but I found it was worth it) I breastfed for about a week when my daughter was born however she wanted to eat about every 15 minutes and it takes me about 30 minutes to fall asleep so I was extreamly sleep deprived. I started to break down and wasn't handling situations the way I should have been. Remember that being the best mother you can be doesn't mean you have to breastfeed.

As far as pain goes I found it was worse trying to pump. Generaly if it hurts you dont have a proper latch. They have lactation consultants who can help you out. If your nipples do get dry they have special creams to help out.

Remember it's entirely your choice and dont let other people make you think otherwise.

Pia - posted on 11/25/2009

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It's up to you what you do. Breastfeeding does hurt at first because your nipples are receiving a whole lot of stimulation that they haven't received before. But there are creams to relieve the pain, and with me the pain and cracking only lasted a week at most. I loved breastfeeding, but I wasn't able to produce much milk so I had to supplement with formula. There is nothing wrong with that, just as there is nothing wrong with feeding your child with formula fulltime.

People will tell you breast is best, and they would be right, but formula is not bad for your child, and your baby won't necessarily develop asthma and all that stuff just because it is not breastfed.

I would advise that you give breastfeeding a try. You may find you love it, or you may find that you hate it, or your baby has problems with it and decide to move onto formula. But give it a try first. It's also cheaper then formula which is a huge bonus!

Ashley - posted on 11/25/2009

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It is a persoanl choice. If you are intrested give it a try. For some people it is diffacult at first. If it is not for you there is a ton of different types of formula out there to choose from. Brestfeeding is a little more cosst effective. Some people just do not hae the abilty to produce enough breastmilk and have to supplament or just plain bottle feed formula. It is whatever you believe is best for you and your child. If you are worried about it hurting there are creams you can buy to apply after brestfeeding and releves the cracking and a lot of the pain.. Good luck with whatever you decide to do!

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I didn't read all the replies yet, so I'll just say what I think :) I breastfed my daughter until she was about 9 or so months old. Its a beautiful thing between your baby and you... It can hurt right at first, but there are things you can do to prepare your breasts/nipples. First off, stimulation is good. If your married/ in a sexual relationship it can really add to the experience to have your man play with or rub them... and it toughens them up. Your nipples are tender.... I heard even if you don't wear a bra that it can help because the friction on the fabric against you. Even so I still had one nipple that got really sore and tender. Just don't give up, your baby doesn't need a whole lot the first days anyhow. It takes some practice and some patience. But think of all the benefits your baby will get from your milk. For one, they get the antibodies to help protect them against diseases and its so much better for them. If you still have worries a lot of times your local WIC office has a lactation nurse or someone you can talk to that has breastfed before. Just drink alot of water, starting now, to build up your milk supply. If you can't supply enough milk then you just can't, there is nothing to be ashamed about. Keep breastfeeding even if you have to supplement with formula. Good luck!

Kathy - posted on 11/25/2009

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Im 17 and I did breastfeed. Its completely worth it! It does hurt a bit at the begining but they gave me a nipple shield to help with the pain, and after awhile it didnt hurt anymore. I beastfed till my son was two months, I would have kept going but when he started to go to daycare, he got to used to the bottle. So I quit because pumping at school was way too much of a hastle! But it was completely worth it.

Jennifer - posted on 11/25/2009

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I breastfed for six months and it was definately worth it. It pretty painful at first but I found it was a convenience to breastfeed especially at night. You don't have to get up to make bottles. Plus, there are all the health benefits for you and your child.

Meg - posted on 11/24/2009

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wow thanks for the tips. i will write all that down. thanks so much i really want to breast feed my daughter. but my family has had trouble with it. like none of the women produce enough milk. i may not either :(

Heather - posted on 11/24/2009

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hello...well the horror stories during pg don't always happen to everyone..everyone is different.. but i would like to give you some advice about breastfeeding..i wanted to breastfeed my daughter right away but i couldn't...soo i like to tell mothers to be that it is the BEST for you and ur child..not only the bonding but health wise for the baby....DO IT...lol they wont get sick as easily and it is good for your breast i agree with everyone who had commented..lessens the chance of cancer..soo breastfeeding is the best way to go...if you don't its ok cuz not everyone does or can...

Natasha - posted on 11/24/2009

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It only hurts if the baba latches on incorrectly....as soon as the latch is right there is no pain just the feeling of your breast working! I had to use nipple shields as I have inverted nipples...and this helps to prevent senstivety feeling aswell and in the longrun for going to the bottle....less nipple confusion! I went from breast to bottle in one feed! No hassels!



Have a look at them...I used the Pidgoen nipple shields as they are from to the shape of the breast! The others AVENT and NUK do not take shape so baba sucks in air! I tired them all and Pidgoen works for me...I breastfed both my girls with these shields no probs!



It takes time to get into a routine...once you are over the first 3 weeks there is nothing stopping you....we have everything that can help us...breastpump, shields etc....use them that why they are there....and like Liane says....breastmilk is perfect and CHEAP!!!



Good luck and enjoy this time....

Annya - posted on 11/24/2009

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in all honesty, this is my story -
when i was pregnant, i was adament that i wanted to breastfeed - no formula, no bottles - just boob & baby.
when my son was born, the pain was horrifying - i was tearing up, curling my toes, wishing the pain would stop.
not even 2 weeks after i started breastfeeding, the pain stopped.
completely went away.
so many times, i had wished that i had formula in the house so i could supplement b/c i wasn't looking forward to feeding my son.
i am so incredibly happy that i didn't do that - breastmilk is the best you can give your baby.
formula is manufactured - it's not natural.
i haven't heard this experience is the same across the board - some have pleasant experiences from the beginning.
just be prepared! and don't give up!
don't listen to doctors who tell you it's too difficult to breastfeed.
listen to your heart & make sure you're not going to regret any decisions you make out of frustration.

Lacy - posted on 11/24/2009

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I was sooo worried about it too, and once I had my daughter I tried it and she latched on right away,I may be lucky that it happened, but when we left the hospital they gave her a binky and she wouldnt eat off of me for a few hours they call it nipple confusion or something like that,but once she was hungry enough she ate,I didnt want her to have a binky in the first place but they gave it to her anyway. But she is almost 8 months old now and has just stopped breastfeeding on her own believe it or not, she will only drink formula now, because I gave it to her once and now she wont take anything else. But I highly recommend breastfeeding, the bond between you and your baby will be amazing. I am still crying sometimes to know that my lil girl doesnt rely on me for food now, just because that was OUR time together,its a wonderful thing!

Sammi - posted on 11/24/2009

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Quoting Natasha:

Breastfeeding is definitely a wonderful experience for you, the baby, and your wallet! lol. I breastfed my son but had to stop when he reached around 2 months because my skin around the nipple area was badly cracked. To avoid this, your should ALWAYS apply Lasinoh cream around the nipple before and after each feeding, and before and after you take your showers because breast feeding dries out that area. I skipped this a couple times by accident and that's what caused my cracking. Some other tips: 1)drink plenty fluids with little or no caffeine 2)monitor salt intake 3) keep iron levels up 4) NEVER pull the baby from the nipple at any time. slowy insert your finger in the side of his/her mouth to break the suction. #4 also helps reduce the risk of cracked skin. Good luck!


i only used the lansinoh for first 5-6 days, havent used it since and my nipples are fine

Sammi - posted on 11/24/2009

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it is definately worth it as breastmilk is perfect for your baby in every way! it is always ready, never runs out and you dont have to mess about making up bottles. i will say that it can hurt, for the first few days until your milk comes in. for about 4 days i was in pain breastfeeding, i had cracked and scabby nipples but i kept at it and used lansinoh on my nipples - its expensive but brilliant! as long as your baby latches on properly there should be no pain but i think most breastfeeding mothers experience alittle bit of pain to start with as the nipples toughen up for the job. my baby is now 7 1/2 weeks old and im still breastfeeding and think it is brilliant! it is a fantastic way to bond with your baby and provides all the nutrients a baby needs, plus you do not need to give water as it is a drink as well, and provides passive immunity. it is said to reduce the chances of baby getting excema and athsma and reduces likelyhood of obesity later on in life. itr also has many benefits to you as it is good for your bones, reduces risk of breast cancer, helps you get back into shape after your baby is born as you burn off an extra 500+ calories a day and helps your uterus contract back to original size faster.

Natasha - posted on 11/24/2009

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Breastfeeding is definitely a wonderful experience for you, the baby, and your wallet! lol. I breastfed my son but had to stop when he reached around 2 months because my skin around the nipple area was badly cracked. To avoid this, your should ALWAYS apply Lasinoh cream around the nipple before and after each feeding, and before and after you take your showers because breast feeding dries out that area. I skipped this a couple times by accident and that's what caused my cracking. Some other tips: 1)drink plenty fluids with little or no caffeine 2)monitor salt intake 3) keep iron levels up 4) NEVER pull the baby from the nipple at any time. slowy insert your finger in the side of his/her mouth to break the suction. #4 also helps reduce the risk of cracked skin. Good luck!

Laura - posted on 11/24/2009

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I also heard the horror stories while I was pregnant at 18 and I was young and naive and went straight to the bottle. I regret it. I tell everyone now to at LEAST try it! It can't hurt to try to give your baby the best possible food for her. I would've been great at breast feeding with as much milk that came in. I will definately be breatfeeding my second child.

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