why are people telling me not to rely on breastfeeding, telling me to keep my options open when my child gets here

Victoria - posted on 11/21/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I am expecting my first child in febuary, i deffinately plan on breastfeeding for as long as i can,but i have been reseving some negative feedback id guess you'd say. people are teling me not to register for too much of just breastfeeding items, and too keep my options open, that it doesnt always work out how you plan... but i dont see why it wouldnt. i am determined to breast feed. how was yals experience breast feeding to those who did breast feed?

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Danielle - posted on 11/21/2012

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Breastfeeding didn't work out great for me..

I have PCOS and as a result of that I needed fertility medications to conceive.



With my first, I breastfed for a three days.

He was breech, and was born via c-section. My incision got infected and I ended up at the emergency every 12 hours for I.V treatments for over two week. Because I was spending over 4-6 hours at the hospital every 12 hours, we had to bottle feed. After I was cleared from the hospital and my I.V was taken out, my son was to impatient to feed from the breast.



With my second son, I breastfed for two weeks exclusively, but he was feeding so vigorously that he was leaving blisters on my nipples.. he was loosing weight rapidly, and was starting to get lethargic. With the advice from the paediatrician, and lactation consultant we were told to supplement formula at the breast to help him gain weight.

The lactation consultant determined that because of my PCOS my milk production could have been affected and led to lower than average production. I had taken prescription medications to lactate, blessed thistle, and fenugreek... nothing helped increase my production.



In the end I supplemented breastmilk till he was 6 weeks old.

I stopped because it was hard to manage both (bottle and breast) with a toddler running around. It didn't make sense to breastfeed, and then still have to bottle feed...it took twice as long.

I pumped what I could in my free time and supplemented that for a couple weeks.

My decision to stop completely was made because I was ready to go on birth control, and my doctor let me know that starting birth control will affect my already dwindled supply.

Dove - posted on 11/21/2012

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Breastfeeding worked out great for me. I had a little trouble in the middle of the night in the first month or two, but all 3 of my kids put together only ended up with about half a dozen bottles of formula and I breastfed anywhere from 15 months to 3 years.



Getting a positive support system in place will really help. Anyone giving negative feedback would honestly be someone I would limit contact with right now... Then again, no one ever GAVE me negative feed back until I was still nursing a 2 year old. ;)



If you end up not being able to do it... you can get supplies then.

Lacye - posted on 11/21/2012

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With my first child, I was all for breastfeeding. I would not buy bottles because I just knew that I wanted to breastfeed and nothing else was good enough. My daughter was then born. I did breastfeed for the first couple weeks. It was tough because she was not latching on right (people don't tell you you have to train your child to breastfeed), but eventually we got the hang of things. When my daughter was 2 weeks old, I had to have surgery to have my gall bladder removed. I couldn't eat for 2 weeks. By the time I could actually eat again, my breast milk dried up. I was devastated. I also had to run to the store and buy a whole bunch of bottles so I could make sure she had plenty to eat.



Breastfeeding is awesome. No doubt about it. But you also need to think about the what ifs that goes along with it too. What if after you have the baby you don't start producing enough milk to satisfy the baby and it will take you time to catch up? What if you get sick and just can't, like I did? What if when the baby gets here, you can't produce at all? It never hurts to just be prepared for what can happen.

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