I don't want to breastfeed. I live in Australia. Help.

Breanna - posted on 09/07/2015 ( 7 moms have responded )

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Hello. I have been told a lot about the benefits of breastfeeding and instructed on how to go about it. I have not been given any advice about what to do if I have chosen not to breastfeed. I understand that I would be using infant formula but I'd like to know whether I would be judged harshly by the hospital staff if I blatantly refuse to try breastfeeding. I also need to know what to do straight after my daughter is born. I am considering giving her the colostrum but then bottle feeding infant formula. Thank you for any advice you can give.

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Dove - posted on 09/08/2015

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Like Raye has said... even if you choose not to breastfeed your milk will still come in and w/out breastfeeding they will get engorged and painful until the milk production stops.

How you feed your child is your choice, but not breastfeeding for the reason of your breasts changing is not a reason I understand... breasts change w/ age and pregnancy anyway.... When I finally weaned my son my breasts ended up smaller than before I started (not a 'good' thing for me... lol).

Raye - posted on 09/08/2015

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Breanna,
Your milk will come in whether you breastfeed or not. During pregnancy, breast size increases in response to hormonal changes. A variety of studies have shown that breast feeding doesn’t actually increase breast size but instead stimulates breast milk production which prevents the breasts from returning to their "normal" size. The sooner mothers stop breast feeding, the sooner they will change to a "normal" size. But, there's no guarantee that you will go back to the same size that you were before pregnancy (whether you breastfeed or not). Your body could develop a new "normal" size that is bigger or smaller.

Breast feeding has significant advantages for the newborn child and helps the developing relationship between the mother and child. For these reasons, you should consider breastfeeding.

Michelle - posted on 09/08/2015

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I agree with Jodi. Everyone is different and some women's breast grow all they are going during pregnancy.
Also like Jodi said, be prepared to be judged. We are both in Australia so know what it's like to have babies here.
Sorry but it's usually the young girls who are so against breastfeeding as they see it as "disgusting".

Jodi - posted on 09/08/2015

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Actually Breanna, I think you are misinformed. Breast don't always swell this much - first time around my breasts were no bigger than they were when I was pregnant.

Personally, I don't understand you not wanting to give it a go, but that's your personal choice. But if you choose to go this way, you really need to be prepared to be judged. You already know your choice will be unpopular. Our hospitals are geared toward encouraging you to try breastfeeding. Blatant refusal will indicate a closed mind, so they will likely see this as something you may change your mind on. Can you keep an open mind on the issue?

Are you seeing a midwife during your pregnancy? Is this something you can discuss with them?

Breanna - posted on 09/08/2015

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I have always had large breasts. I know that if I breastfeed, my breasts will swell a lot more; stretching the skin and becoming much heavier. I do not want this to happen.

Michelle - posted on 09/08/2015

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What are your reasons for not wanting to breastfeed? You sound very young.

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