How do you feel about breastfeeding?

Raey - posted on 10/26/2010 ( 231 moms have responded )

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I am almost 14weeks pregnant & although i have a while to go, I'm not sure if i want to breastfeed. I think i am going to try to breastfeed but i am afraid that i wont like it/feel comfortable doing it but i do want the best for my child. I just want some opinions and feedback to see if anybody else feels the same way i do.

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Mouay - posted on 10/28/2010

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I had the same concerns re: being comfortable and the "pain" but I tried breastfeeding when I had my little girl. It definitely felt weird at first, but I got used to the feeling and I'm so glad I stuck with it...my daughter and I have such a great bond. But choosing to breastfeed is just like any other choice in life, you don't know if you'll like it until you try it. Good luck and congratulations!

Jennifer - posted on 10/28/2010

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I am going to say give it a try and if you can get into it great if not, at least you tried, right? Ive been BFing for 6 months now and I love the bonding time and nutrition/ antibodies I can provide for my daughter, but no one can tell you what to do, you need to decide for you and your baby =)

Mirrhya - posted on 10/28/2010

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I just want to say that I didn't really enjoy I was glad when it was over, but I was glad I did it. It was the best thing for him and it really helped with bonding (due to health problem we could not hold him for almost a week). Also it helped me lose weight and maintain the cup size I went up during pregnancy :) I would not recommend pumping. I did it for awhile. You have to pump, sterilise all the bottles and nipples and then feed the baby. It is so much easier to just open your shirt. For me the pluses outweighed the minuses. But I was glad when it was over (breastfed for just over a year) and I could have my body back.

Lindsay - posted on 10/28/2010

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You're a very brave woman for posting a question like this because there are some very strongly opinioned women out there. I'm not going to lie, all 3 of my kids were bottle fed! BUT I did try breastfeeding all 3 of them. Im going to say the same thing everyone else has. At least try it, then if you decide it's not for you at least you can say you gave it a shot! All 3 of my boys are prefectly healthy and very smart! I don't believe all the hype that if your child is breastfed then they will be smarter or healthier than bottlefed babies! If you try it and you decide that it's not for you that at least you can say you tried. I'm not going to lie, it does hurt, a LOT at first. I breastfed my middle son for 6 wks and it really did hurt a lot. I wanted to keep going but I was going to work fulltime and he just never seemed satisfied after he ate, I would end up having to give him a bottle after every feeding and felt that it was a waste to have to do both, as much as I wanted to keep going I felt that it was best for him and my sanity to just put him on the bottle. Get as much information as possible on it and when choosing a pediatrician try to find one that is Pro breastfeeding if it's something that you're really considering. Even though I didn't actually breastfeed, I did pump for as long as I could with all 3 of my boys. They may not have made it anywhere near 6 or 12 mths but I did what I could to get them breastmilk!

Tangela - posted on 10/28/2010

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Sandra - posted on 10/28/2010

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Breastfeeding was wonderful for me, although I think you need to be comfortable and want to do it. It is definitely healthier for your baby. I loved it because it eliminated the need to wash bottles and prepare milk all the time. The milk is always at the perfect temperature and you don't have to worry about bacteria and germs. Your baby will be more resistant to infections and diseases.

Nicole - posted on 10/28/2010

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Hi Raey! I felt like you did when I was pregnant with my son (now 15 months) and I decided to give breastfeeding a try because it's the best food they can get and it's free! Formula is a healthy alternative so having that as a backup helped relieve any anxiety I had. Once your baby is born, breastfeeding will just seem natural. It wasn't weird or uncomfortable for me but I was open about it and took advantage of the nurses and lactation specialists. However, if it doesn't work out for any reason, using formula is no big deal and usually your pediatrician can recommend which formula to try. Good luck and congratulations on your pregnancy!

Jan - posted on 10/28/2010

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When I had my first child, 54 years ago, there was no real discussion about if you would bf or not. There were no really good options. Sort of like diapers, the disposals were not really there or affordable. 5 kids later and a lot of years, I would not have missed the experience for anything. It is the closest you will ever feel to your child.
Of course you are sore for awhile, and of course no one is expert at it right away. The cramps you feel are very helpful in putting all your insides back in place so instead of hurting, think of them as helping you get back in shape faster. BF does help you lose weight, gets your hormones going the right way and is a welcome time to sit down and just enjoy being a mother. All that said, it is no ones business but yours what you choose to do, there is no shame in using whatever means you want to care for your child. It will still be a precious baby and it will be loved.

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I have two children and breastfed them both for over a year. I found breastfeeding easy. Some women find it difficult to breastfeed and some find it easy. I think if you want to breastfeed you have to be prepared for cracked nipples (which soon passes) and the fact that the baby will feed frequently in the early months. This is part of the process and normal. You also have to be prepared for your baby not to gain wait as fast as his/her bottlefred baby friends. As long as the baby is gaining weight, the baby is fine. Breastfeeding has its downsides, mostly the frequency of feeding, but it also has the benefit of being portable and on-tap at all times. You never have to worry about packing bottles and formula if you want to take the baby out for a few hours. Another bonus is that breastfed babies poo less. My babies would sometimes go a week without having a poo. The baby uses so much of the milk that there is little waste.

If you want to breastfeed, you have to be prepared to work through the early days until breastfeeding is established. Make sure you get all the help you need from your midwife. If you don't ask, you won't get the help. And if you need help, make sure to ask so that you don't give up because it is just too hard. Help is available, you just need to ask. Also, don't forget that the housework will wait. You need to focus on you and the baby. Maybe do up some meals for the freezer before the baby comes. Then you don't have to worry about cooking for a week or so. This really helped with me.

I hope this helps. Best of luck to you and the baby! :)

Mischa - posted on 10/28/2010

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I just had my second child and would recommend trying breastfeeding. I'll admit It was frustrating with the first baby and took some patience. Neither of us knew what we were doing, I couldn't get him to latch on right and I had very painful nipples. I had to supplement with some formula and pump. It took a few weeks to get the hang of it but it was well worth it. Aside from the benefits of breastmilk, the bonding and cuddling was so rewarding. It is nice to always have a "bottle" on hand, no matter where you are. He weaned himself at about 9 months. My daughter has started breastfeeding without any problems, but I knew what I was doing this time. I have also found that I am more comfortable feeding in public these days and it is now more acceptable to breastfeed in public. I think you should at least try it so that you won't always wonder what it might have been like.

Lisa - posted on 10/28/2010

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If I were you I would read more positive things regarding breastfeeding and get a little excited about trying it. It is tough getting started...no doubt about it... usually there are obstacles to overcome. Ask questions, see your lactation consultant. Try to overcome the obstacles...because once breastfeeding becomes regular routine - it's amazing! No bottles, no preparing. Fresh is best. No measuring. Wonderful excuse to hug your baby close for multiple times a day (forces you to sit down or lay down and just enjoy this special time). I breastfed all 4 of my children until they were 2 years old. I overcame many obstacles. Even had to give some formula in the beginning, but I didn't give up and quit breastfeeding. Try it you may like it.

Meadow - posted on 10/28/2010

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Having had the option. My oldest only bf'ed fro a 8 wks due to me stressing out and lossing my supply. My second was born with a cleft lip and palate which inabled her to be able to nurse. After talking to the Dr's, bf'ed consultants and lacatation nurses. I decided to pump, and did for 18 months. Mainly because of all the helath benefits bf has over formula and the fact that our daughter had up and coming surgeries. She needed it. She also never had any ear infections either.
So give it a try, at least for a couple months.

Lupie - posted on 10/28/2010

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I had 3 children and breastfed all of them. The benefits of "mother's milk" outweigh those of standard formula. I would recommend at least the first couple of months of baby's life to be breastfed. That gives your child a wonderful, healthy start. As I said, I breastfed all 3 and stopped when they're teeth started coming in (which was 3 months for my boys) and respectfully covered up in public. I would rather go into a room privately and breastfeed. I NEVER felt comfortable exposing to breastfeed. I hope you get alot of positive feedback.

Kim - posted on 10/28/2010

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Breastfeeding does not come naturally to Mom or Baby sometimes. Both my kids had problems latching on in the beginning. It can be very frustrating and emotionally hard for both you and baby. I ended up giving up with my first and pumping for 4 1/2 months. At least he got the rewards of the breast milk, but I sure wished I had known about all of the resources out there - lactation specialists, midwives, nurse practitioners that are trained to help those issues. With my second, we had a very hard time too, and I pumped for the first six weeks, but after that went to my nurse practitioner who also happened to be a licensed mid-wife. She worked with us, and after 3 days he latched on. I nursed him until he was 18 months. By that time he only nursed 1-2 a day but I am so glad I did. It is a wonderful bonding for Mom and Baby!

Rachel - posted on 10/28/2010

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Congrats!!! I believe every mother should at least give it a try. I found it very hard in the beginning. My son was not latching on and my nipples were very sore but I knew I wanted what was best for him so I pushed through it and I am very glad I did. He is very healthy and he never spits up which formula fed babies do a lot of. Also you never have to worry about recalls because you know where the milk is coming from. I also like the convenience of never having to make and bring bottles with because his milk is always with me. Plus you have an amazing bond with your child, because no one else can give him/her what they will need to survive but you. I do pump and if we go somewhere in public I will give him the milk in a bottle because it's a lot easier than trying to find a quiet place to nurse in public. Good luck and I hope it works for you. You won't regret it.

Ginny - posted on 10/28/2010

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Congratulations, and as the mother of a now 8-year-old my best advice to you is: Please don't worry. Breastfeeding is just one of many, many personal choices that women use to turn mothering into a competitive sport. Trust your instincts to do what is right for you and for your baby. I no longer enter into the endless pro/con debates over breastfeeding, cosleeping, attachment parenting, CIO, etc. etc. infinity. We made the choice that was right for our family and we have no regrets. I'm 100% in favor of women making the best choices for THEIR families. We should support each other. Best of luck to you!!

Alecia - posted on 10/28/2010

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i loved it, though it was difficult for me and my daughter. it only made me more determined to BF my next child. its the most natural thing a mother can do for her child. i say at least give it a go. its such a wonderful thing and really does make it easier when u go places with the baby.

Julie L. - posted on 10/28/2010

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breastfeeding is a wonderful experience, the tie that is made between the mother and child is a wonderful connection. I wish I would have chosen to breastfeed my oldest too, not only do you have a wonderful connection but it is cheaper too. But your baby needs that connection and mom needs it too. I wish that I would have chosen breastfeeding with my oldest too, but I felt like you do know. Motherhood is a very special duty and God built the woman's body for that purpose. You can cover yourself if you wind up having to be out in public, the baby will not be breastfeeding forever only the first part of their life and once it is over it is over. Try it, give your baby the head start they need in life; be a mom and put their needs first.

Crystal - posted on 10/28/2010

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I just wrote a paper on this subject! I am going to tell you my favorite points about breastfeeding. You probably already know that you will be giving your baby a lot of antibodies to fight against infection for the first few months, and that you are going to have an amazing bond with your baby. But did you know Juvenile diabetes is less common in breast-fed babies, they have less allergies, and less hospitalizations than bottle fed babies. You won't have to worry about getting up in the middle of the night and warming a bottle, breast milk is always the right temp and you always have the perfect amount. Breastfeeding is also beneficial to you! Breast feeding burns calories! If you breastfeed without supplementing you can burn up to 600calories by breastfeeding alone! When you breastfeed your body releases hormones that cause you to relax and enjoy breastfeeding. One of these hormones called Oxytocin also causes your uterus to contract back to the normal size much quicker than if you breastfeed. And if that's not enough women who breastfeed are less likely to have breast cancer. I really hope you give it a try and you are successful! Good luck.

Gail - posted on 10/28/2010

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I breastfed both of my children. I am in favour of breastfeeding because it is suppose to help the baby's immune system and also I feel you and the baby can bond. With my first, he started getting a rash at two months. We discovered he was allergic to cow's milk that he was getting through breastfeeding. I had a choice to either stop breastfeeding or stop eating or drinking milk products. I chose to stop eating and drinking milk products. Then he started getting teeth at four months. He would bite and so I would tense up waiting for him to bite so my milk probably wasn't coming down for him. At six months I put him on a cup. I wanted to continue to breastfeed but he was happier and I guess so was I.

I also feel that it is an individual decision. If it works for both the mother and baby, that's great. You want it to be comfortable for both of you. If you are not comfortable with it, that's fine too. Don't let anyone make you feel that you are not a good mother if you don't. You will still be a good mother. Whatever suits you best.

Jessica - posted on 10/28/2010

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It is the only way to go! Especially if you are going to be staying home with your baby. It is convenient and the best nutrition for your baby. He/ she will probably be sick less often while breastfeeding. It is also a great tool to bond with him. It will also help you get your pre-pregnancy figure back. Just maintain a good diet, not too much sugar or fats, so he will get the nutrition he needs. Don't get discouraged, because it sometimes takes a few weeks to get the hang of it, and don't be afraid to see a lactation consultant so you can learn to do it properly so you won't be sore. Congratulations!

Anita - posted on 10/28/2010

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FIRST, CONGRATS. I breastfeed my kids and really enjoyed being able to bond with my kids like that. I did have problems producing enough milk and had to supplement but my kids are great. I have a U.S. Marine, a college student, and an 8th grader now. By the way, if you do bf, cut down on spicy foods. My kids always got gassy when I ate spicy food.

Kelly - posted on 10/28/2010

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Hi! Congratulations on your pregnancy! I hope you are enjoying it. I have two children, 8 and 4. Before I give my advice, I want you to know you should do what is best for your baby AND for you. Whatever keeps both mother and baby happy and healthy is the right choice. Now then, I had a very hard time getting my firstborn to latch on. It was terribly stressful for both of us. To complicate matters, she was jaundiced and had to wear a bili-blanket to help rid her of the bilirubin. She lost weight quite rapidly b/c she wasn't getting enough to eat and I was desperately trying to breastfeed for what felt like 20 hours a day. We were both exhausted. There was alot of crying. I felt like a failure. Also, I stubbornly refused to give her a pacifier, lest it worsen the latching problems. Finally, thankfully, I gave in. We allowed her formula, got a breast pump so I could pump and produce more milk, got her a pacifier and guess what? She was fine. She gained weight. She grew rapidly. We were also able to stop the formula and go to all breastmilk. It was pumped, but it still made me happy to be able to do that for her. Fast forward to my son, who was a latching champion. You could have set your watch by his feedings and it was like a dream - just exactly as I had hoped it would be. He too, is healthy and tall and strong. So then - you see what I mean when I say "do what is best" and I mean for both of you. For your sanity. Breast is best. Give it a shot. If it doesn't work, well, you tried. But the time of their tiny-ness is so so so short, you need to enjoy it and be happy. Good luck to you and your little one. I wish you a happy pregnancy and easy delivery!!!

Summer - posted on 10/28/2010

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Breastfeeding is a learning experience for both mother and child. I'm not going to lie - it's a little painful/uncomfortable at first but it doesn't last long and there is NOTHING like knowing that your child is getting the best that ANYONE can provide for them. I was 20 years old when I had my son and I breastfed him for 9 months. I have a 13 month old daughter now who just weaned, and am pregnant with another that I will breastfeed for as long as he wants to go. Neither of my kids were sick as infants - EVER. Breastmilk is FREE. Breasfeeding is SANITARY and STERILE. You don't have to get up in the middle of the night (more than once) to make a bottle, get it to the right temperature, and then hold the bottle while your baby eats. Instead, you are up for 10-15 minutes and then you lie baby back down and go back to sleep. You don't have to listen to baby scream while you get their food ready, it's already ready! Breastmilk is easier for baby to digest so breastfed babies have less occurrence of colic, digestive problems, and diarrhea/constipation. When your baby is distressed, the best way to calm him/her is to offer him/her the breast and soothe them. I could go on all day. I personally think that breastfeeding is the way, the truth, and the life and if you truly want what's best for your baby (and easiest for you in the long run - BELIEVE ME), you'll breastfeed. Beware of people trying to tell you that it's ok to supplement with formula during those first few weeks - that will only set you up for failure, as baby will be getting food from somewhere else and your milk will NOT come in, in the amount that baby needs.

I recommend that you join a breastfeeding board or breastfeeding support group NOW so that you can build up your confidence and knowledge. That way when baby comes, you're prepared.

Good luck!

Cheryl - posted on 10/28/2010

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Congratulations! A new baby is always exciting. When I had my first child, I bottle fed her. I figured I had enough to learn without adding anything else to the mix. When I had my second child, I breastfed him for 5 months then went to bottle feeding, When my 3rd child came, I was determined to breastfeed. It turned out to be so much easier than I had expected and so much cheaper! I breast fed him until he weaned himself at 15 mos. Formula is so expensive and not only is breastfeeding very healthy for your baby, it also helps in losing the pregnancy weight and is cheaper! It is also handy - always available! And if you pump, others can still take a turn at feeding the baby. The first couple of months are tough as newborns eat fairly often and it takes awhile for it to not hurt a bit but before you know it things get so much easier. I am a very modest person so was worried about having to feed my baby in front of others or in public but got very adept at keeping covered. My advice would be to give breastfeeding a shot. Even if you only do it for a few weeks your baby will receive the health benefits. If you find you like it, then you can continue. If not, then you can switch to bottle feeding. You need to do what is right for you and what you are comfortable with.

Lisa - posted on 10/28/2010

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I was not sure as well. At first it was very difficult and demanding to breastfeed. But keep in mind it does get much easier. At first I thought, if I can just do this for 3 months, then I thought just 6 months. At 6 months I thought, I don't want to deal with washing bottles now and I went all the way to 13 months! I never would have thought that- the first 3 weeks are the hardest

Jody - posted on 10/28/2010

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To Sarah: I'm so sorry that it didn't work out for you. I will not bash formula moms. I used it myself, and it is a lifesaver, literally, to those who need this alternative, for whatever reason. I advocate BF'ing because it proven both medically and personally to be the best option, but I also advocate not judging other peoples' choices. That said, you had said you tried to breast feed, and I saw in an earlier post of yours that you said there is no difference. What did you mean by that? If you meant the bonding, then you are mistaken. There IS a difference- a BIG one. But, since you had trouble w/ it you were unable to experience it, like it should've been. I'm not saying that there's no bonding at all between a mother and child if there's no bf'ing-- that would be pretty stupid;-) I'm just saying that it's DIFFERENT. There is definitely a special feeling that comes w/ nursing and I am very sorry that you were unable to experience this. I know how frustrating bf'ing can be. It was for me. It took me and my daughter over 3 months to learn to do it, and under normal circumstances, I might have given up. But, since I didn't have to work and I was absolutely determined to do it, I persisted and eventually, we were successful:) I know that a lot of women don't have this luxury, though. I had to return to work after my son was born, and unfortunately, though I tried, I was unable to continue nursing and had to switch to formula. I Thank God that nursing is not the only option and for the life-saving invention of formula:) W00T!

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Sarah, I haven't seen any "formula-bashing mums" on this thread. The OP asked for our opinions - we have all given them honestly.

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I just love how so many people out there bash formula mums...i tried really hard but it didnt work so if it doesnt work for you try to not let the formula bashing breast is best mothers get you too down

Debra - posted on 10/28/2010

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I loved breastfeeding my son! He is now almost 4 and he still hardly gets sick! It is best for the child but it is about how you feel about the situation too. I tried with my daughter and I couldnt do it cause it hurt too bad with her. So it really depends on you.

Toyin - posted on 10/28/2010

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Quite right,everything you said is spot on it will eventually get darker anyway with age,its hormornal,

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there is no difference at all...sorry but there isnt my son and i have a very close bond and i couldnt breast feed him

Jody - posted on 10/28/2010

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Hi Raey, Congratulations:) I have 2 children, both of whom I nursed and I LOVED it! It's one of the most wonderful bonding experiences a mother can have w/ her child. I was sad to give it up when I did, but babies can't stay that way forever, lol! But anyway, bonding aside, it has such wonderful health benefits both for mom and baby. The baby is protected from diseases, has a calming effect on mommy and helps her lose weight too, lol! It also helps speed up the healing process, of giving birth. And also, if you're like me and overproduce, you can donate any extra milk you have to breast milk banks-- yes, they do have them-- so that other mothers who want to BF but can't, may do so. THAT is also a wonderful experience:)
I'm not gonna lie, though. It is definitely a learning process. It will most likely feel uncomfortable at first-- esp. if the baby doesn't latch on properly. But when you're at the hospital, they should have lactation consultants there to help teach you how to do it. Also, if you have any friends that are currently nursing, you could get some helpful tips from them. And then, of course, there's always us here, at COM;-)
Yes, BF'ing was difficult, in the beginning, w/ my first child; but, I was DETERMINED to nurse, so I stuck w/ it and we finally learned:) She had a lot of trouble learning to latch on properly, and I had a lot of trouble trying to show her how. But like I said: I was determined, and persistence pays off:) Good luck and God Bless!

Jaime - posted on 10/28/2010

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Honey! I'll tell you, you DEFINATELY will get a lot of opinions but mine is just an opinion. I breastfed my daughter for 1 year, the initial reason was because I simply couldn't afford formula at the time. I invested in a breastpump to help me and a medela is the way to go. As I breastfed my daughter for a while, about a month, I found that I really bonded with her in a different way, I felt better knowing that I was providing her all the antibodies and nutrition that she needs that formula can't give her. And not only that, but I was able to lose all of my baby weight and got rid of that pooch because breastfeeding causes your uterus to contract back down to its original size due to the fat and hormones that are being released while breastfeeding and your baby is taking all of the calories away that you are taking in. In other words, you're working out without working out. It's a natural thing, yes your nipples will get a little darker and it will be a little uncomfortable for the first couple of weeks but then it's fine. And the reason God made your nipples darker in this instance is so the baby and see them. All I can say is that it doesn't hurt to try nor does it cost any money, either. Good luck and congrats!!!

Toyin - posted on 10/28/2010

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pls breast feed ur baby it will allow the child to have special bond with you listen to you more i'm a mother of three and there is a verse difrence between the one u breast fed and the one u didn't even if u have to express the milk and put it in the fridge if u have to go to work give the child a part of u

Cate - posted on 10/28/2010

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It's free, it's hygenic, it's fast (no measuring formula, waiting for it to heat while your hungry baby crys) and it'll help you lose the baby weight.
It takes time to learn and for your baby to learn. I am currently BFing #4 and had to remind myself each time after the first, while I had an idea of how to do it, baby was new at it, and like any skill it takes a while to get it right, but once you do, it's SO easy!
keep trying, it's worth it.
I couldn't use a breast pump and often wonder if it actually puts new mums off, because if your milk won't let down, because it feels awkward, then it's understandable that you would worry that you 'don't have enough milk' in fact, if the baby is allowed to breastfeed when he or she needs/.wants to, then the milk will build up to meet your baby's needs.
it's only for such a short time in your life, but makes a world of difference to your baby's health.
so put your feet up, get comfy, read a book, watch TV and enjoy the special time with you baby, it goes so fast, my 1st baby has just got her drivers licence, and I look at my toddler and swear by 16 year old was 2 only last week!

Babs - posted on 10/28/2010

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Breastfeed. Your child will be healthy & happy because of it. It is way easier that a bottle ...after the first 2 weeks which are hard. You will lose weight quickly breastfeeding. It will be allot harder to take off the weight if you choose a bottle over brest. Try it exclusively for the 1st month & if your not totally convinced by then that your doing the best thing for yourself & your baby you can switch to bottle but beware of the constipation, acid reflux and weekend immune system that's likely to arise from formula.

Nursing my son was the 1st best choice I made for us. It was not always easy but I always new it was the best, healthist choice for him & I got back in my skinny jeans before he was walking.



Ethans Mom

Lisbe - posted on 10/28/2010

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o, forgot to say - the kellymom website is absolutely amazing if you want advise on breastfeeding

Lisbe - posted on 10/28/2010

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Hi Raey - Congrats on the little one coming! My baby is 18 months now and I am still feeding her twice a day. I have learned during the last two years that you should do whats the best for you and your baby. Everyone tries to tell you what to do with the baby, but if you do what works for you, you will have a much easier time!
Breastfeeding is really hard in the beginning, but after 12 - 14 weeks it gets so easy. I never had to wash any bottles, or worry about forgetting the milk at home or even have a crying baby while I'm still preparing bottles. I just have to add that I do believe that breastmilk is best for the baby, (but only if its the best for the mom too). Dont worry about it, take one day at a time and before you know it you baby is a toddler!

Jenny - posted on 10/28/2010

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I'd also like to add that if you do decide to try breast feeding, dont panic that your milk doenst come through straight away, for the first 2 days they require very little, and you'll only produce colostrum (kinda white and sticky but only in very small amounts!) Your babys stomach is only about the size of a 50p (uk coin) so they dont need alot. I paniced that my baby didnt get enough milk in the first days, but my midwife told me it was all very normal.... when my milk did come in.... there was no stopping it!! Good luck in whatever you choose! x

Laura - posted on 10/28/2010

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There's no reason not to try it. It's amazing how everything changes when you hold your baby. It may feel nothing like what you expect. I nursed both of mine, one for 32 months and one for 24. When I was pregnant with my first, I saw a toddler nursing and thought it was so strange! Then mine was born, and grew into a toddler, and it wasn't strange at all. It's so much healthier for both you and your baby, that IMO there's no reason not to give it a good try and see how it goes.

Teresa - posted on 10/28/2010

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I have enjoyed breastfeeding and the bonding experience is irreplaceable. I was uncomfortable with it at first but it gets to just be a part of your life and who you are. I had alot of problems with my supply of milk so I I felt really bad that I could not feed my son exclusively at the breast and there were others who made me feel bad about it too.

Jenny - posted on 10/28/2010

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You do what you feel comfortable with! I soley breast fed with my first for 4 months, then weaned him onto breast milk in a bottle until about 6 months (his first teeth came through at 4 months!) Alot of women I know have bottle fed their children formula and they have grown up just as healthy and strong. some mums just dont feel comfortable breast feeding in public (it never really bothered me). I would just like to say.... your going to be the mummy.... and what ever you decide for your baby will be the right decision. Mummys are always right ;) x

Mia - posted on 10/28/2010

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Hey whatever you choose don't feel guilty about it. You choose what's best for you and your baby, if you try and it doesn't work out then you've given it a go and you won't be a bad mum if you have to switch to formula. I didn't b/f long enough for my first, got two bouts of mastitis 2 weeks apart and bronchitis, so was sick as a dog with a new baby and packed it in. My number two baby, I b/f for 5months but he had big allergy issues and ended up on prescription formula but I would've kept going if I could have.

So try it is all I suggest, get some help from a great lactation consultant and see how you go. You can't tell in the playground who was b/f and who wasn't!

Marianne - posted on 10/28/2010

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I Didn't try breastfeeding, I just didn't want to do it, wasn't comfortable with it. My son was on Formula from the start and he grew up and developed normally, he's a happy healthy intelligent 5 year old. He also did not suffer any health issues while on formaula or later on. It's a personal choice, and you will only know when the time comes. Enjoy the experience and good luck.

Charlie - posted on 10/28/2010

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Heather that is a great point about breastfeeding , its so cheap its FREE !

Carrie - posted on 10/28/2010

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IF you decide to give it a try it is important to remember that it may not be easy. It may be uncomfortable, tiring, or difficult. It is also possible that you may have a hard time producing milk. There are professionals to help you if you need it. When I breastfed my son I can honestly say that I never had any issues. The worst thing for me was leaking through the nursing pads....especially in the middle of the night. Remember, you are the only one who can make this decision....and no matter what you decide, it does not determine how good of a mother you are. Your child will be fine either way. Good luck!

Dambro1 - posted on 10/28/2010

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You should give it a go for sure. Once you have your baby you may feel differently about not liking it. I have 4 children and have successfuly breastfed all, currently feeding my 1month old and i love it. It can definately be hard at first but i agree that you need to stick with it if you want it to work. A few tips that helped me, When breastfeeding in hospital ring the bell everytime you are ready to feed and get the nurse to help you attatch correctly, this is essential. Put a bit of breast milk on your nipples after each feed and put them in the sun if they get damaged. If you can do it i think it is well worth it but it is not for everyone. A lot of people have great success so dont feel too worried about it.

Tania - posted on 10/28/2010

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breastfeeding is the best thing ever, i fed my first son who's now nearly 7 for 2 years and 3 months, my 4 year old til he was 2 and 4 months old and i'm still feeding my 14 month old little girl, i love it!!

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