Okay so I just had a baby back in july, she is now 9 months and well I started off bottle feeding, but then I decided to try breast feeding casue it was better for the baby. but once I did she wouldn't stop. like I would take her off and she would go crazy til i put her back on. she was acting crazy so i just stuck with bottle feeding... well my girl eats alot, or maybe we just fed her alot but she acted like she wanted it. but anymway when she was about 4 months old we started to have to buy extra cans of formula to get by until wic gave us more. well since she was 6 months we been having to buy an extra 6 cans a month to get her buy until wic gave us more and it's getting really too expensive. and well im pregnant agian and i'm due in june and i know having 2 kinds are going to be 2 as mcuh expensive so i'm kinda thinking about trying breastfeeding agian so that will be a bit of less oney we have to spend. but i dont want it to be like my 1 when thats all sh wanted and plus in kinda hurted.. idk anyadive? please help thank you.
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Schyla - posted on 04/17/2011
wow Teresa that's a wonderful thing to say to someone who is obviously struggling and needs advise I would advise you to talk to WIC's breastfeeding consultants yes it hurts at first but if they have the right latch it stops after awhile Perhaps you need to start feeding your older child more real food she's 9 months old she can start eating the same thing your eating only in smaller portions by the time both of my Older children were this old they hardly took a bottle at all because big people food is so much more fun for them. NO one can tell you how to feed your child but if your little one is wanting to eat all the time try giving her some food first and fill that tummy up a bit more.
Liz - posted on 04/20/2011
I pumped exclusively for 3 months while my daughter was in the NICU. It took me an hour at a time to pump to get enough (size L breasts too large to be able to double pump, as I literally couldn't hold them AND the pump and get the right seal, so had to do one breast at a time). When my daughter came home and was still too small to latch effectively, I found myself unable to pump properly and care for her...there simply weren't enough hours in the day. She'd wake every 2 hours and need to eat, be burped and changed etc and then I'd have to pump...and then she'd be hungry again. I went 48 hours with literally no sleep whatsoever and then almost collapsed. The end result: exclusive formula.
Not everybody would take as long to pump as I did, but it's still an appreciable amount of time and a lot of work. I wouldn't recommend to anyone to attempt exclusive pumping while caring for a newborn or infant.
Pumping a little bit so that there is breastmilk for your baby when you're away would be easier to manage, but still time-consuming. You also need to consider nipple confusion: if your baby is fed even breastmilk from a bottle a lot, especially in the early days, he/she might never take back to the breast or have persistent problems in latching properly.
If breastfeeding really doesn't work for you and you've seen a Lactation Consultant to try and work out why it hurts and improve the experience, but this made no difference, then you might just have to tough up and deal with the expense of formula.
Either which way, I hope it works out for you.
Schyla - posted on 04/20/2011
I pumped for 6 months with my oldest and for 3 with my 3ed because they had health isssues that made nurshing hard (My 3ed is only 4 months old but wasn't keeping breast milk down so we had to put him on goats milk formula ya think regular formula is expensive!) it's a lot of work to exclusively pump though so I would nurse when you can and pump when your going to be away it can be done!
Samantha - posted on 04/19/2011
Yeah I think I'm going to consider more on breastfeeding, well try it agian. what about breast pumping though. can you make bottles so there will be enough when i'm gone or away from the baby? or whats up with that situation.?
Jenni - posted on 04/18/2011
Sorry Carolyn... I meant the first couple weeks it can hurt but it shouldn't always hurt unless there is something wrong. Mine hurt the first couple weeks too. I experience that toe curling searing pain the first few seconds too. I should have clarified that it goes away after a few weeks or more.
Carolyn - posted on 04/18/2011
Jennifer, for some, myself included, it can hurt for a few weeks at first, even with a perfect latch, no cracked or dry nipples either.
Myself, and some others i know, would have a searing pain the first 3 ish seconds upon latching. It would make me hold my breath and curl my toes. We had everything checked by a couple different LC's and was told everything is perfect, and for some women, it just hurts for a few weeks.
It cleared up @ 6 weeks for me. It felt like i was shooting sewing needles out of my milk ducts.
so in all honestly, it can hurt. for some of us anyways
Jenni - posted on 04/18/2011
Bfing isn't easy it is time consuming. It shouldn't hurt though. You could have had a bad latch, mastitis, or cracked nipples which occur in the first couple weeks of bfing. Also I would suspect that the reason your daughter still seemed hungry after a session would be because you started bottlefeeding first. You may have had supply issues which can be remedied fairly easy by feeding your baby often. Your breast milk works on supply in demand. If you were bottlefeeding before your milk was established you could have suffered from supply issues for a much longer duration.
If you do decide to breastfeed again be careful to stay away from supplimenting with formula. It can hurt your supply. A lot of us cheat a little in the hospital before our milk comes in and our babies are especially hungry. ;) But for the first week at least and in the hospital try to nurse round the clock. This will help your milk to come in quicker and give you an abundant supply. Then it will adjust to what your baby needs.
Expect to feed more often. On average nursing babies need to nurse approx every 3 hours whereas formula fed babies feed approx every 4 hours. Nursing babies also nurse for comfort. Some enjoy being at the breast 12 out of 24 hours a day. I co slept my nursing infants but a lot of experts advise against that because there have been studies indicating a higher risk of sids in co-sleeping infants.
Anyways, you don't have to decide now. Give breastfeeding a try again right from the start. If you're not happy with it then you can decide from there. But I will warn you the first couple months are the hardest if you can make it past those first few months it gets much easier for most moms and babies.
Oh and there is a 'breastfeeding moms' community here on COM. The moms there are very supportive and helpful if you have any questions or concerns while you're breastfeeding. :)
Carolyn - posted on 04/18/2011
Breastfeeding is hard, and time consuming, and baby will want to be on your breast frequently, for long periods of times for the first several weeks until it becomes more efficient at eating, and can eat more in one feeding in less time. Its not only a source of food, but its also comfort.
Baby being on your breast all the time is what helps bring you milk in , and keep your supply so you can continue to breastfeed
I mother should want to do breastfeed because they want to. Not just to save some cash, allthough it is a nice benefit from doing it.
Breastfeeding can/will hurt for a few weeks, but its temporary, it is time consuming, but it is worth it. I bet the amount of time you spend measuring water, formula, warming it, washing bottles and feeding combined will equal just as much if not more time than having a nice break, putting your feet up and nursing for 30 minutes without any preparing or cleaning up to do.
Breastfeed because you want to do it for your baby, not because you want to do it for your budget.
By the time your little one gets here, your 9 month old will be a toddler and should be off formula by then anyways.
Samantha - posted on 04/18/2011
I never said I couldn't afford to feed the baby I have. I said is that i'm about to have 2 baby's and it's goingt o be 2 as much exspensive and Didn't really want to have to buy the extra cans for when the new baby gets here so it would save a little money, and I do feed her people food. she's a complete fatty. she eats all the time... but she still wants her formula regulerly too..i was just asking for the advice... i dont struggle to feed her. and when the new one comes i still wont be struggling even if i decide to go the bottle way.
Medic - posted on 04/17/2011
I have to agree with Teresa. Both of my kids were bottle fed, and we had WIC with both of them but we still had to buy extra formula, most people do. I am not bashing you for using WIC we are still on it, and I feel that we pay into it we should get to use it, but, there needs to be some financial planning when it comes to having kids. Yes we could have done it alone, yes it would have been tight and WIC allowed us a couple hundred dollars wiggle room at the end of the month.
Tinker1987 - posted on 04/17/2011
well babies are expensive.they tell you that before you get pregnant. i go through 30 dollars a week on enfamil for my 5 month old. if your really wanting to cut costs i would breastfeed.but like you mentioned you will be doing it more regularly,since its hard too tell how many ounces baby is eating at a time. i agree with other posts,try getting your older girl on more regular foods,perhaps ween her onto Milk.if she is old enough.
Heather - posted on 04/17/2011
Wow Teresa, pretty rude post! If you don't have anything positive to say to this mom, then you shouldn't post!
I would suggest also trying to feed more baby foods and less formula. As for your new angel on the way, I agree with Schyla in consulting with the WIC consultant or your hospital may have a breastfeeding class or specialist you can work with after delivery. Good luck!
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