Is breastfeeding or formula better for your newborn?

Jennifer - posted on 11/11/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I really want to breastfeed, but I'm scared of the baby biting my breast and nipples. But I don't want to feed my child the formula because I'm afraid of the different things in formula. Should I just get over it and breastfeed?

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Elizabeth - posted on 11/11/2013

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I am a huge fan of breastfeeding. I have 2 sons off the boob and i only got bit once by my oldest when he was 8 months old and had started teething. About the same time owas super stressed (death of aloved one) and my supply began to diminish.. so it was agood time to ween to bottles anyway. I'm not gonna lie, it hurt! But prior to that, breastfeeding was amazing, it's a commitment, but then again ithink making bottles in the middle of the night would be harder to do. Breastfeeding helps with ppd and balancing out those amazing pregnancy hormones too. Plus it helps with mommy baby bonding. :)my opinion, BREAST IS BEST! but it's totally up to you :)

Andrea - posted on 11/11/2013

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Congrats on your baby! I would say....just try breastfeeding first! Breastmilk is sooo good for the baby. I don't know if you've had your baby yet, or if you have any other kids - but the way you phrased your question I'm guessing you're expecting your first and are trying to plan ahead? I don't want to minimize people's pain, because for SOME people, it is painful to nurse and they opt to feed formula instead, and there are some babies who cannot nurse for various health reasons...but if actual biting is your biggest fear, let me encourage you - newborns don't have much "bite"! They just don't have that much power. I think the most common problems with nursing are a sometimes-stinging sensation when the milk comes in, and for SOME people, painful chafing from the baby not latching on properly when nursing. Any hospital/birth center should have a lactation specialist, or a qualified nurse to help you get off to a good start...I think the key is to stop the baby right away if latched improperly, and start over again to get a good latch, which for most people should not be painful - it could even be a relaxing time for you, because your body has worked to produce this milk and letting it out can relieve the stress on the body.
All in all....I think it is well worth the effort to just try it and see how it goes. If it doesn't work out, don't feel guilty. A baby can grow up healthy and strong on formula, too!!!

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