Quick Survey!

Rebecca - posted on 03/18/2009 ( 50 moms have responded )

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I am starting my own breastfeeding support website and I thought I'd get some input from all of you! Whenever you have a chance could you please send me your answers to these questions (either reply on here or send it in a message if you would prefer). I will be using your responses on a web page that gives expectant or new moms honest and straight forward information on the benefits and struggles of breastfeeding. Even if you chose not to breastfeed I still would love to have your answers! Some mothers who will visit my site may be trying to decide if breastfeeding is right for them and I want to give them both sides so that they can make the best choice for themselves! It is just 10 easy questions and should not take too long. If you don't want to answer certain questions then feel free to leave them blank! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR HELP!!!!

Questions:
1. Did you choose to breastfeed or formula feed?
2. What were the major factors that contributed to your decision?
3. Do you feel like you were well informed on the differences between breast milk and formula?
4. Did anyone heavily influence you or pressure you into the decision you made?
5. Did your family and your "in-laws" support your decision? If not, how did you deal with their lack of support?
6. What do you consider to be the easiest thing about the way you chose to feed your baby? The hardest?
7. What do you think is the most common "myth" about the way you chose to feed your baby?
8. Do you ever regret your decision or think you chose wrong? Why or why not?
9. If you are a formula feeding mom, what brand did you chose to use and why?
9. If you are a breastfeeding mom, how long did you nurse?
10. What is the best feeding advice you can give to a new mom?

My website will be www.onlythebreastforbaby.com It is not up and running yet, but I am working very hard to get it there soon! I'll let you all know when I get it finished, so keep an eye out! Thanks again for your input!

~Becky~

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Lise - posted on 12/03/2011

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1. Did you choose to breastfeed or formula feed?
*Chose exclusive breastfeeding
2. What were the major factors that contributed to your decision?
*Health benefits for baby and myself
3. Do you feel like you were well informed on the differences between breast milk and formula?
*Yes
4. Did anyone heavily influence you or pressure you into the decision you made?
*No
5. Did your family and your "in-laws" support your decision? If not, how did you deal with their lack of support?
*I was lucky in that I was very supported. By the time family members weren't as supportive, I was strong enough to say, "It's my decision."
6. What do you consider to be the easiest thing about the way you chose to feed your baby? The hardest?
*SO much was easy - already ready, handy, no washing, etc. Didn't have to bring anything extra when we went places. No recalls on breast milk. ;-) Hardest? DD was tongue tied, so we had a very rough start.
7. What do you think is the most common "myth" about the way you chose to feed your baby?
*I just think there is a lot of misinformation out there with regards to how much babies need and when they need to eat.
8. Do you ever regret your decision or think you chose wrong? Why or why not?
*Never. I know that what I did was the best decision for us and for my daughter.
9. If you are a formula feeding mom, what brand did you chose to use and why?
*n/a
9. If you are a breastfeeding mom, how long did you nurse?
*Still going - 26 months
10. What is the best feeding advice you can give to a new mom?
*Find help if you need it, and stick with it - it just gets better! Nursing a toddler is so amazingly easy compared to nursing an infant! :)

Katie - posted on 12/03/2011

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1.Breastfed until he self weaned.
2.Baby's health and bonding
3.YES
4.No
5.Some did, some did not I really did not care.
6.IT was convenent to always have milk ready, learning how to control flow was a bit tricky, and being patient enough to learn how the latch on works.
7.That breastfeeding isn't proper
8.Never
9.i don't remember
10. READ, LEARN, TAKE A CLASS, BE PREPARED, Patient, and make sure your partner or family is supportive.

Jodi - posted on 10/31/2010

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1. Did you choose to breastfeed or formula feed? Breastfeeding
2. What were the major factors that contributed to your decision? Family history, my mom breastfed, my aunts breastfed, my sisters breastfed etc etc.
3. Do you feel like you were well informed on the differences between breast milk and formula? Not when I first made the decision to breastfeed while I was still pregnant. I made it my priority to educate myself and I feel very informed after doing so much research.
4. Did anyone heavily influence you or pressure you into the decision you made? Nope, it was all on me and I was dead set on breastfeeding.
5. Did your family and your "in-laws" support your decision? If not, how did you deal with their lack of support? My family was very supportive. My in-laws were supportive in theory, but very ill informed which made them second guess any rough patches.
6. What do you consider to be the easiest thing about the way you chose to feed your baby? The hardest? The easiest thing is never having to wash, sterilize, make or store bottles!!!! The hardest thing is in the beginning, there is a period of adjustment that can and does hurt, it can be frustrating and overwhelming when baby won't latch right away. Also, growth spurts are hard to get through when they want to nurse 24/7 it seems!
7. What do you think is the most common "myth" about the way you chose to feed your baby? I chose to breastfeed and the most common myth I have come across is that women won't create enough milk. There are ways to increase a "low" supply, the amount of women who actually cannot produce enough breastmilk to sustain baby is very low, only 1%-3% of the population.
8. Do you ever regret your decision or think you chose wrong? Why or why not? Absolutely never. My child is healthy, happy, smart and we still enjoy our breastfeeding sessions and bond.
9. If you are a formula feeding mom, what brand did you chose to use and why? N/A
9. If you are a breastfeeding mom, how long did you nurse? I am 5 months pregnant with twins, still breastfeeding my 20 month old and plan on tandem nursing all 3 when the babies come!!!!
10. What is the best feeding advice you can give to a new mom? Trust yourself and be confident. Educate yourself until you can't possibly take in any more information.

Michelle - posted on 10/31/2010

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1. Did you choose to breastfeed or formula feed?
Breastfeed
2. What were the major factors that contributed to your decision?
I felt there was a connection, she looks up into my eyes its wonderful
3. Do you feel like you were well informed on the differences between breast milk and formula?
No I beleive breast was inforced, although i had already made my decision
4. Did anyone heavily influence you or pressure you into the decision you made?
No but as before formula was not discussed
5. Did your family and your "in-laws" support your decision? If not, how did you deal with their lack of support?
Yes they did
6. What do you consider to be the easiest thing about the way you chose to feed your baby? The hardest?
easiest is its handy. hardest it can be a pain, the first weeks hurt till i got a nipple cream and she gets excited and attaches wrong it hurts
7. What do you think is the most common "myth" about the way you chose to feed your baby?
Formula is not as good as breast, if it was bad it would not be allowed to be sold, although the collostrum is needed from breast it can be better to formuka feed if you dont eat properly
8. Do you ever regret your decision or think you chose wrong? Why or why not?
I like my choice I feel I have a bond
9. If you are a formula feeding mom, what brand did you chose to use and why?
9. If you are a breastfeeding mom, how long did you nurse?
I m still nursing would like to stop at around 10mths
10. What is the best feeding advice you can give to a new mom?
Make sure you have cream for your nipples in the beginning I didnt and almost decided to stop

Merry - posted on 10/21/2010

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1. Did you choose to breastfeed or formula feed? Breastfeed
2. What were the major factors that contributed to your decision? To me it was just what moms did, our adopted brother had formula because his mom and her milk weren't available, so to me it was obvious that if mom was with baby she fed with her milk. I knew formula wasn't as healthy as breast milk, but no idea how much it wasn't. So it was not a choice to me, I thought that every mom would breastfeed if she was able. I was 20when he was born, so I didn't have a lot of experience with other moms.
3. Do you feel like you were well informed on the differences between breast milk and formula? No I wasn't, I had no idea formula had so many health risks and side effects and caused so many diseases. I thought it was just something you would only use if you had to because it was a pain in the butt to make, store, heat, feed, and it stunk. I didn't know how unhealthy it was until I had my son.
4. Did anyone heavily influence you or pressure you into the decision you made? My mom told me when I was young that when you have a baby you feed them from your breasts, and with our foster babies, they can have formula because they aren't with their mom. So to me it was obvious that if baby is with mom it's just assumed she uses the milk she makes. And formula is here for unfortunate babies without moms. I never gave it much thought after that because knew my future babies deserved to be fed like a 'normal' baby.
5. Did your family and your "in-laws" support your decision? If not, how did you deal with their lack of support? Yes my family is supportive, my inlaws are, my brother in law and his wife are not supportive, but I'd never want to be a parent like them so it doesn't worry me that they don't approve. My sister was weird about breastfeeding past a year, but she's reasonable and smart and the facts easily convinced her that even if it's 'weird' it's best.
6. What do you consider to be the easiest thing about the way you chose to feed your baby? The hardest? Easiest thing is it's what my body and his body are supposed to do so that makes it normal. Hardest is weeding through the myths, wives tales, and lies, and judgement.
7. What do you think is the most common "myth" about the way you chose to feed your baby? That it's something special or an extra or a bonus. The mentality is that formula is standard, breast is like taking your vitamins or something, not necessary but an extra boost. Or that it's only for babies. Or that it's really hard, past the first weeks.
8. Do you ever regret your decision or think you chose wrong? Why or why not? No never, he deserves normal milk.
9. If you are a formula feeding mom, what brand did you chose to use and why? N/A
9. If you are a breastfeeding mom, how long did you nurse? 1 1/2 years and counting with another baby due in 7months. Goal is at least 4 years each child.
10. What is the best feeding advice you can give to a new mom? It's normal and natural once you learn how. Don't think of formula as an option, don't struggle in silence, set your goals high so you don't risk giving up too soon.

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On this community you'll get all BF answers. If you want some formula answers you might check with admins of other communities to see if you can conduct the survey there. Good luck with the website!

1. Did you choose to breastfeed or formula feed?
breastfeed

2. What were the major factors that contributed to your decision?
Everyone in my family has done it or did it. It's free. It's natural and healthy.

3. Do you feel like you were well informed on the differences between breast milk and formula?
Yes, in a childhood development class in college.

4. Did anyone heavily influence you or pressure you into the decision you made?
Nope

5. Did your family and your "in-laws" support your decision? If not, how did you deal with their lack of support?
My MIL lives out of town and will come home for 2-3 weeks every few months. She's used to having her grandkids stay with her when she comes (her others were formula fed). I would only allow my daughter to stay one night at a time and go get her early, so that it wouldn't mess with my supply. She asked several times if she could just give her formula instead of the frozen breastmilk because it was easier and she could go buy more at the store if she needed to. She didn't not support breastfeeding. She was okay with breastfeeding itself. It was that she felt she wasn't getting time with her granddaughter because of it. Also, she was concerned with my daughter's weight, because her other grandkids (again, formula babies) were always much bigger. A trip with us to the doctor eased her concern that my daughter was underweight.

6. What do you consider to be the easiest thing about the way you chose to feed your baby? The hardest?
Easiest - everything was there and ready to go anytime baby was hungry!
Hardest- getting over the fear of nursing in public

7. What do you think is the most common "myth" about the way you chose to feed your baby?
That you need to stop at a certain age, or that you have to drastically change your diet to breastfeed. Also, I feel more people think they have supply issues when it's really misinformation.

8. Do you ever regret your decision or think you chose wrong? Why or why not?
Nope! She stayed healthy and diaper rash free as long as she had that breastmilk! Even now she is healthier than average.

9. If you are a formula feeding mom, what brand did you chose to use and why?

9. If you are a breastfeeding mom, how long did you nurse?
11 months

10. What is the best feeding advice you can give to a new mom?
Relax and don't overthink it if you chose to breastfeed. A nurse came in to help me with my first breastfeeding and she asked, "What book did you read? She's doing it perfectly!" I didn't read a book. I didn't really do any research. I just figured that babies get milk from the breast and we'd both know what to do. We did! But if you are having issues, don't be afraid to ask and keep trying!

Aizah - posted on 10/21/2010

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1. Did you choose to breastfeed or formula feed?
-BF

2. What were the major factors that contributed to your decision?
beacause i know its best for baby, its healthier.. and yeah Cheaper..

3. Do you feel like you were well informed on the differences between breast milk and formula?
- Yes

4. Did anyone heavily influence you or pressure you into the decision you made?
- none, i really want to BF

5. Did your family and your "in-laws" support your decision? If not, how did you deal with their lack of support?
Yes, almost all of them. and because here in the Phil, you really need to bf Hospitals dont allow bottle feeding.

6. What do you consider to be the easiest thing about the way you chose to feed your baby? The hardest?
very easy at night.. no need to preapare. the hardest would be you need to be always with baby

7. What do you think is the most common "myth" about the way you chose to feed your baby?..
none every thing i read about bf is true

8. Do you ever regret your decision or think you chose wrong? Why or why not?
No, In fact im very proud. because my baby is very healthy. and it also make me proud when other mommies look at my baby and i can see the envy in their eyes. =)

9. If you are a formula feeding mom, what brand did you chose to use and why?
Nestle Nan 1,2,3 its what the pedia said.

9. If you are a breastfeeding mom, how long did you nurse?
as long as i can.

10. What is the best feeding advice you can give to a new mom
?they should try it, do some research if your in doubt. you will never get dis appointed with what you will see...

Felecia - posted on 03/22/2009

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1: Breastfeed



2: Health/Bonding/ Only I can do it lol



3: No dont have any family or friends who have breastfeed with sucess! Although a great book I found was "so thats what they are for" It put a lighter side on it..



4: No actually I went against every one  grandparents wanted me to bottle feed  (too bad lol)



5: Oh NO  they still bug me and say things like oh I would feed you but I dont think you would like it nothing comes out of mine.. It upsets me but I let it go in one ear and out the other They are MY BABIES!!!!



6: The Easiest is : All you have to do is just get your boob out and feed no preperation needed no clean up!! Hardest: for me is public feedings much more so now that she pulls the blanket off me and flashes people!! lol



7: You can not make enough milk, you spoil the baby cause you are holding it all the time..



8: No because this is the best start I can give to my child.. I will remember it forever ups and downs!!



9: I do have to use formula for cereal because I cant pump and squezzing hurts alot but "Enfamil Gentlease LIPIL"



9: My son I breastfeed for only 3 months cause I gave up I was 17 did not know any thing about breastfeeding and family kept telling me he was not getting enough!! my daughter so far 4 in ahafe months but still more to come !! : )



10: Take time, if it does not work the first time dont give up try try again if you still dont get it call the doctor or mid-wife or like hospital they can give you numbers to people who can help you.. dont give up its hard but if you really want it to work you can do it.. About bottle feed babies MOMS PLEASE HOLD YOUR CHILD INSTEAD OF PROPING BOTTLE UP AND WALKING AWAY you lose so much eye to eye contact,(and other moments) but eye to eye contact makes them and you feel so much love!!

Alana - posted on 03/21/2009

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1. chose to breastfeed

2. i watned my son to get the best start at life, he had a very high chance of being special needs and i wanted to make sure he got the very best.

3. i read some books, but i was pretty set on breastfeeding, but wastn going to beat myself up if i coudlnt. my doctor didnt get into it to much, and the nurse at the hospital was set on me breastfeeding and woudlnt let me leave without being able to do it.

4. i tried to not let people influence me, like i said in #3 i had a mean nurse who was set on breastfeeding, i almost gave up but am glad i didnt. the nurse that came to our house a few days after we got home was real nice and cleared some things up for me and helped me with breastfeeding

5. at the beginning my family was supportive of me breastfeeding, and now at 16 months there are a few family memebers that dont like that fact that i have gone so long.

6. easiest: doesnt cost anything, can do it anywhere

hardest: the first week or 2 hurt alot and the lack of support about breastfeeding him so long

7. that when his teeth come in you should wean...16 months, 9 teeth and still going strong

8. definatly not!!

9. 16 months and going

10. keep at it, it is worth it in the end. It is so rewarding and you get extra bonding time with your child, but if you cant dont feel like you failed because you havent.

make sure you have lots of support and possibly another close mom friend/lactation consultant who can help

Dana - posted on 03/21/2009

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1. Did you choose to breastfeed or formula feed? Breastfeed

2. What were the major factors that contributed to your decision? I think it is the best for your baby, free, bonding, easy

3. Do you feel like you were well informed on the differences between breast milk and formula? Somewhat. I have been working with kids for a long time and have seen the difference between formula and breast milk. My two families I nannied for breastfeed their kids and that helped me alot!

4. Did anyone heavily influence you or pressure you into the decision you made? Nope

5. Did your family and your "in-laws" support your decision? If not, how did you deal with their lack of support? I think everyone supported it, but there were times my in-laws would say something about my nursing, or my sis would say something that would tick me off. BTW my sis in law had a child a week before my daughter, so when she was bottle feeding and I was in the other room nursing it was a interesting conversation starter with them.

6. What do you consider to be the easiest thing about the way you chose to feed your baby? The hardest? Easiest thing was the breast milk was always there, didn't have to warm it up or wait. The hardest was how long I had to sit, going out of room to feed, getting up all the time, but would do it all over again!

7. What do you think is the most common "myth" about the way you chose to feed your baby? That they would be spoiled

8. Do you ever regret your decision or think you chose wrong? Why or why not?NO, because I can see all the good nursing did for my daughter.

9. If you are a formula feeding mom, what brand did you chose to use and why? n/a

9. If you are a breastfeeding mom, how long did you nurse? still nursing at 18 months, but stopped night nursing at 17 months

10. What is the best feeding advice you can give to a new mom?Just try breast feeding. You might like it. If you don't then you tried. Also if you want to pump make sure the nurses show you how in the hospital. That is one thing I didn't get help with and wasn't able to when got home.

Allison - posted on 03/21/2009

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Questions:
1. Did you choose to breastfeed or formula feed? I chose to breastfeed




2. What were the major factors that contributed to your decision? I knew it was what was best in nourishing my baby, not to mention an incredible bonding experience.



3. Do you feel like you were well informed on the differences between breast milk and formula? Not really, but I did some research on my own. My pediatrician is pretty neutral on the matter, and supportive of both.




4. Did anyone heavily influence you or pressure you into the decision you made? No, I just really knew it was something I wanted to do. It wasn't even really a question for me.




5. Did your family and your "in-laws" support your decision? If not, how did you deal with their lack of support? Absolutely. My mother-in-law and mom in particular. My MIL nursed all four of her children until 12-18 months of age.




6. What do you consider to be the easiest thing about the way you chose to feed your baby? The hardest? The easiest about BFing, is it's always readily available! :) The hardest is going out in public. I don't have a huge enough supply to pump whenever I want and get enough to sustain my child, so I do supplement in such cases. I try to avoid this though, so plan largely around my nursing schedule.




7. What do you think is the most common "myth" about the way you chose to feed your baby? I don't really know!




8. Do you ever regret your decision or think you chose wrong? Why or why not? Absolutely not! It's the best nourshiment I can give my child and such a special experience.




9. If you are a formula feeding mom, what brand did you chose to use and why? I supplement occasionally, and use Good Start. I had to supplement his first few days due to jaundice and that's what they recommended.




9. If you are a breastfeeding mom, how long did you nurse? 6 months and still going...




10. What is the best feeding advice you can give to a new mom? Hang in there! It's difficult the first couple of weeks, but SOOO worth it in the long run. I LOVE nursing my baby!!! :)

Chloe - posted on 03/21/2009

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1-i chose to do both-breast feed and formula because my baby has reflux and constantly wants feeding.i did want to fully breastfeed but just couldnt keep up with him

2-i wanted to give my child the best start in life

3-the midwife explained everything to me about breast feeding and formula-breast is best

4-no-one pressured me,it was my desision

5-yes they supported me

6-the easiest thing is giving him formula at night so i get a some sleep and the hardest is trying to keep him on the breast...he fights with it-its such a carry on

8-i dont regret my desision,i just wished i could have fully breast fed

9-i use hipp organic infant milk because it is all natural ingredients and im still nursing

10-do what you want to do,dont let any1 tell u different.its your baby and your choice

MarthaLynn - posted on 03/21/2009

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Questions:
1. Did you choose to breastfeed or formula feed?  I've breastfed both of my children exclusively.  NO supplements
2. What were the major factors that contributed to your decision?  Being educated thoroughly on the benefits of breastfeeding.  Plus, my mother is a La Leche League leader and would've skinned me alive if I hadn't.  I never considered formula for an instant.
3. Do you feel like you were well informed on the differences between breast milk and formula?  I was very well informed, but I also had an advantage over most moms....
4. Did anyone heavily influence you or pressure you into the decision you made?  Of course, Thank God!
5. Did your family and your "in-laws" support your decision? If not, how did you deal with their lack of support?  They did and if they hadn't, then thatt was their problem.  There was nothing that could be said or done to convince me to not breastfeed.  My first husband was uncomfortable with it until he discovered that he didn't have to get out of bed at 3 in the morning to warm a bottle...
6. What do you consider to be the easiest thing about the way you chose to feed your baby? The hardest?  Never having to get up in the night...  I just roll over.  The struggles in the first few weeks can be VERY discouraging if one doesn't have the necessary support and information.
7. What do you think is the most common "myth" about the way you chose to feed your baby?  That it's just "not for" everyone.  Aside from medical reasons like tongue tie, harelip, or cleft palate, most everyone can breastfeed.
8. Do you ever regret your decision or think you chose wrong? Why or why not?  Absolutley not.  I know that breastmilk is the superior infant food.
9. If you are a formula feeding mom, what brand did you chose to use and why?
9. If you are a breastfeeding mom, how long did you nurse?  I nursed my first for 2 years and I am currently breastfeeding my 6 month old and will until he is ready to stop.
10. What is the best feeding advice you can give to a new mom?  Know your facts.  And when I say facts, I mean FACTS.  Not opinions, not formula company-paid advice, I MEAN FACTS.

Michelle - posted on 03/20/2009

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1. Did you choose to breastfeed or formula feed? Breastfeed



2. What were the major factors that contributed to your decision? Wanted to experience it, babies get better nutrition, closeness/bonding, and don't have to buy expensive formula. Also it's convenient, don't have to pack bottles when you go out.



3. Do you feel like you were well informed on the differences between breast milk and formula? Not really, just from info I heard. Don't think any doctors discussed it with me one way or another.



4. Did anyone heavily influence you or pressure you into the decision you made? Absolutely not.



5. Did your family and your "in-laws" support your decision? If not, how did you deal with their lack of support? I was supported by all family. No one was against me, they were either neutral or Pro-breastfeeding.



6. What do you consider to be the easiest thing about the way you chose to feed your baby? The hardest? Easiest - dont have to buy formula. Hardest - pumping at work, and initially getting baby to latch on after NICU nurses kept giving her formula from a bottle the first 2 days of her life (against my wishes, mind you! GRRRR...)



7. What do you think is the most common "myth" about the way you chose to feed your baby? That breastfeeding comes naturally. It was hard to get started & I felt like I had no idea what I was doing.



8. Do you ever regret your decision or think you chose wrong? Why or why not? No, I am happy with my decision. I am sometimes afraid my hubby will be mad at me if I want to stop instead of trying to go for the whole first year.



9. If you are a formula feeding mom, what brand did you chose to use and why?

9. If you are a breastfeeding mom, how long did you nurse? It'll be 7 months next week, but I'm aiming for one year.



10. What is the best feeding advice you can give to a new mom? Have someone help you if you're trying to breastfeed. Take a class if you want, but have someone there with you (lactation consultant, family/friend) - someone who will be patient and has experience so they can encourage & help you because it is so easy to want to give up when your baby is SCREAMING at you & so hysterical that they have trouble latching on. You just may need some extra support up front, and it is OKAY : )

Jenny - posted on 03/20/2009

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1. Did you choose to breastfeed or formula feed? BF

2. What were the major factors that contributed to your decision? Healthier for baby and mom

3. Do you feel like you were well informed on the differences between breast milk and formula? Yes

4. Did anyone heavily influence you or pressure you into the decision you made? No

5. Did your family and your "in-laws" support your decision? If not, how did you deal with their lack of support? Yes

6. What do you consider to be the easiest thing about the way you chose to feed your baby? The hardest? Easiest thing about BF is that it is anywhere I am and no need for sterilization; Hardest thing about BF is that it has got to be me (There IS a difference between BF and bottle feeding breastmilk!)

7. What do you think is the most common "myth" about the way you chose to feed your baby? That it is natural and easy to breastfeed without support

8. Do you ever regret your decision or think you chose wrong? Why or why not? I have never regretted my decision to BF but it is demanding and a big sacrifice of my own sleep, body space, time and energy

9. If you are a formula feeding mom, what brand did you chose to use and why? NA

9. If you are a breastfeeding mom, how long did you nurse? Still nursing at 19 months

10. What is the best feeding advice you can give to a new mom? Do what is right for you, your baby and your family

Michelle - posted on 03/20/2009

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Quoting Rebecca:

Quick Survey!

I am starting my own breastfeeding support website and I thought I'd get some input from all of you! Whenever you have a chance could you please send me your answers to these questions (either reply on here or send it in a message if you would prefer). I will be using your responses on a web page that gives expectant or new moms honest and straight forward information on the benefits and struggles of breastfeeding. Even if you chose not to breastfeed I still would love to have your answers! Some mothers who will visit my site may be trying to decide if breastfeeding is right for them and I want to give them both sides so that they can make the best choice for themselves! It is just 10 easy questions and should not take too long. If you don't want to answer certain questions then feel free to leave them blank! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR HELP!!!!

Questions:
1. Did you choose to breastfeed or formula feed?breast with both




2. What were the major factors that contributed to your decision? it's easier healthier and cheaper




3. Do you feel like you were well informed on the differences between breast milk and formula?yes




4. Did anyone heavily influence you or pressure you into the decision you made?no hubby left is up to me




5. Did your family and your "in-laws" support your decision? If not, how did you deal with their lack of support? they did




6. What do you consider to be the easiest thing about the way you chose to feed your baby? The hardest?easiest is my breasts are always there ...hardest is the baby will only take a pumped bottle during the day so i'm left with all night time feedings but she usually sleeps well so not a big deal




7. What do you think is the most common "myth" about the way you chose to feed your baby? that nursing is hard and gross




8. Do you ever regret your decision or think you chose wrong? Why or why not?nope




9. If you are a formula feeding mom, what brand did you chose to use and why?
9. If you are a breastfeeding mom, how long did you nurse?



my oldest nursed 23 months and the baby is now almost 6 months she'll also get to self wean like oldest




10. What is the best feeding advice you can give to a new mom?try nursing it's better for baby and tha'ts the most important thing

My website will be www.onlythebreastforbaby.com It is not up and running yet, but I am working very hard to get it there soon! I'll let you all know when I get it finished, so keep an eye out! Thanks again for your input!

~Becky~





 

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Questions:
1. Did you choose to breastfeed or formula feed?
2. What were the major factors that contributed to your decision?
3. Do you feel like you were well informed on the differences between breast milk and formula?
4. Did anyone heavily influence you or pressure you into the decision you made?
5. Did your family and your "in-laws" support your decision? If not, how did you deal with their lack of support?
6. What do you consider to be the easiest thing about the way you chose to feed your baby? The hardest?
7. What do you think is the most common "myth" about the way you chose to feed your baby?
8. Do you ever regret your decision or think you chose wrong? Why or why not?
9. If you are a formula feeding mom, what brand did you chose to use and why?
9. If you are a breastfeeding mom, how long did you nurse?
10. What is the best feeding advice you can give to a new mom?




1. Breastfeed



2. Baby's nutrition, health, and for me there was just no other option.



3. Yes. I read a lot of websites and several books



4. Nope. It was all my decision. Hubby was extremely supportive.



5. No one was involved in my decision.



6. The easiest thing - I don't have to spend money to feed him, I don't have to pack extra bottles or spare food supplies. The hardest thing - less freedom to do what I want, and the issues I dealt with resulting from breast feeding



7. The most common myth is that it comes naturally to every woman. It's not all that easy.



8. Nope. Though sometimes I am tempted to use formula so I can have a break



9. I'm still nursing and intend to do so until baby is at least two years old.



10. Don't be afraid to ask for help from breastfeeding councillors, look for products that will make the experience easier and better (ie. medela shields, medela cups, breast pumps allow hubby to participate in feedings (no bottles before baby is at least 6 to 8 weeks), do lots of research, and make sure you don't isolate yourself. Go to playgroups, stroller-size, anything.

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1. Did you choose to breastfeed or formula feed? I did both.
2. What were the major factors that contributed to your decision? I believe breast is absolutely best but I have chronic low milk supply from breast surgery and my daughter required supplementation.
3. Do you feel like you were well informed on the differences between breast milk and formula? Very well informed.  I did a lot of research into formula before I gave in to giving my daughter supplements.
4. Did anyone heavily influence you or pressure you into the decision you made? I just grew up knowing that breastfeeding was the way you feed a baby.  As for giving formula, she lost a lot of weight, so I couldn't starve her
5. Did your family and your "in-laws" support your decision? If not, how did you deal with their lack of support? Everyone supported my decision, but my MIL is a worry wart and fretted about whether she'd get enough BM.  We sent her home early.
6. What do you consider to be the easiest thing about the way you chose to feed your baby? The hardest? I love breastfeeding.  I did have thrush and chronic pain in right nipple though.  But still better than bottlefeeding. Formula is a pain in the arse, getting bottles ready, carrying them everywhere, ugh.  I also pump 2-3 times a day, and while I need to, it's a chore.
7. What do you think is the most common "myth" about the way you chose to feed your baby? That if you give a baby supplements it will ruin your breastfeeding relationship.  It can be true if you are not careful, but if done right, it can allow you to continue.  My daughter is now 7 1/2 months and receives just breastmilk & solids.
8. Do you ever regret your decision or think you chose wrong? Why or why not? I wish I did not need the formula, I feel guilty for having the surgery & denying my daughter EBM, but I did what had to be done to nurture her, so no regrets on my choice.
9. If you are a formula feeding mom, what brand did you chose to use and why? Similac Advance because she took it best.  Nestle made her sick so we stuck with Similac. 
9. If you are a breastfeeding mom, how long did you nurse? 7 1/2 months but plan to continue until she self-weans.
10. What is the best feeding advice you can give to a new mom? It's hard in the beginning.  Really hard.  You're exhausted, it hurts a lot, it feels like they aren't getting enough.  You feel like you are breastfeeding all the time especially when they cluster feed.  It will get better.  Much better.  One day your little one will look up at you from the breast, and smile and it will be the best thing ever.  Once you get over the early trials & tribulations, it is so much easier than formula.  Never let anyone tell you that formula feeding is easier, it's not.  And you are giving your baby the best nutrition available, nothing else comes close. And if it doesn't start to get better, see a lactation consultant or La Leche League, they can help you, you are not alone.

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2.  knew it was best for baby



3.  no



4.  no



5.  yes



6.  easiest - always ready, easy to get to, helps put her to sleep     



hardest- feeding while out of the house



7.  ?



8.  no - everything is going well



9.  going on 7 months - plan to go a year



My daughter was jaundice and I had to supplement the first week.  My doctor/lactation consultant gave me Similac Advance.



Every now and then she has a formula bottle of the Similac Advance because of low supply/poor weight gain.  Suplly is back up now but still keep formula handy just in case.



10.  it is hard at first - stick with it and see a lactation consultant

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1. Did you choose to breastfeed or formula feed? breastfeed
2. What were the major factors that contributed to your decision? health
3. Do you feel like you were well informed on the differences between breast milk and formula? yes
4. Did anyone heavily influence you or pressure you into the decision you made? I was breastfed
5. Did your family and your "in-laws" support your decision? If not, how did you deal with their lack of support? my MIL spent months telling me my daughter wasn't getting enough from my milk.  She finally got off my back after  several months of a happy, healthy baby.
6. What do you consider to be the easiest thing about the way you chose to feed your baby? The hardest? No bottles to clean!  Going with the flow is the hardest....some days she on my boob all day....others hardly at all.
7. What do you think is the most common "myth" about the way you chose to feed your baby? They will get "spoiled" and want to be with mommy all the time.
8. Do you ever regret your decision or think you chose wrong? Why or why not? never
9. If you are a formula feeding mom, what brand did you chose to use and why? 
9. If you are a breastfeeding mom, how long did you nurse? 9 months and still going!
10. What is the best feeding advice you can give to a new mom? You can do it!  It will be tough at first but just trust your instincts and never be afraid to ask for help!

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1. Did you choose to breastfeed or formula feed? breastfeed



2. What were the major factors that contributed to your decision? the health of my baby and me, finincial reasons, bonding, convenience.



3. Do you feel like you were well informed on the differences between breast milk and formula? yes, my ob, lactation consultant, and the internet were all great resources



4. Did anyone heavily influence you or pressure you into the decision you made? no, i had planned to breastfeed ever since i had thought about having children.



5. Did your family and your "in-laws" support your decision? my family, yes. my in-laws, no, they told me it would be too hard, etc.

If not, how did you deal with their lack of support? i was defiant, it made me want to breast feed even more (if that was possible).



6. What do you consider to be the easiest thing about the way you chose to feed your baby? convenience, when she's hungry i don't have make her wait to fix a bottle.

The hardest? the first few days were so frustrating.



7. What do you think is the most common "myth" about the way you chose to feed your baby? That anyone can breastfeed. I've known women who have tried so hard to breastfeed and it just doesn't work out for them.



8. Do you ever regret your decision or think you chose wrong? no

Why or why not? my daughter is healthy and happy.



9. If you are a formula feeding mom, what brand did you chose to use and why? n/a



9. If you are a breastfeeding mom, how long did you nurse? my daughter is 6 1/2 months old, I am still breastfeeding and plan on doing so until she is 12 months old.

10. What is the best feeding advice you can give to a new mom?

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1. Breastfeed

2. I think formula is an unhealthy option

3. yes

4. no

5. yes. but I don't think they truly support breastfeeding beyond 1 year. I don't care what people think

6. The easiest is not having to prepare it and the hardest was getting used to doing it in general

7. That women don't have enough milk to feed their babies

8. no

9. curently at 9 mos

10. At least try to breast feed, it's free and much healthier

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1. Breast

2. Best nutrition and convenient.

3. Yes - information is everywhere.

4. No

5. Some did, some didnt- usually the people who dont or didnt breast feed had an opinion of some kind but i thought they were just trying to justify themselves, even though i think its ok either way.whatever you feel comfortable with.

6. No preperation. The hardest is demand feeding can leave you feeling a bit drained sometimes and you have to take good care of yourself as well as bub.

7. That there is no difference between breast and formula- you cant fight with what nature provides your baby.

8.No- my babies are really healthy and i wouldnt miss that nursing bond for the world!

9. 15 months with first 2 children and currently feeding my 2 month old.

10.Persevere - Not all mums are immediate experts! A big majority have to be taught and use the breastfeeding support services if needed.

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2: Nutritional Value and Cost



3: Yes



4: No



5: Yes and No. In the face unsupportive people I cite the health benefits to mother and child, and then tell them to get lost :)



6: Easiest= convience. I don't have to worry about packing formula in a diaper bag or heating bottles. At night I don't have to stumble to the kitchen, I just roll over. Hardest= pumping. I hate pumping.



7: I think that people assume that you can't drink or have a social life if you breastfeed- I've heard 'that kid will be tied to your hip if you breastfeed him'. First off I don't think that bonding between mother and child should be avioded. Secondly, it's really rather easy to have a glass of wine and be away from the baby for a few hours if you are well supported at home.



8: nope



9: 11 months right now and still going



10: sleep as much as you can so that you are available mentally and emotionally to your baby while you feed. Eat right and drink plent of water. If you're having trouble- go ask for help! Le Leache League is amazing!

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2. Health for baby, convenience



3. Yes I was very well informed



4. No one pressured me or influenced me



5. Yes, everyone I knew was not only supportive, but saw me as "super-mom!"



6. The easiest part was having the best food for my baby ready whenever she wanted it - no heating, no bottles required! The hardest was that I was the ONLY one who could feed my baby and an infant eating every hour took its toll on me.



7. The biggest myth is that formula is just as good as breastmilk, now that they've added DHA and ARA.



8. No



9. I nursed all three of my girls for 1 year (currently breastfeeding my 7 month old and will wean her when she's 1).



10. My advice is to breastfeed and get educated about it BEFORE the baby arrives. I think that is the main problem. Because it is natural to breastfeed I think women think it should be easy, but it can be very difficult. I was very educated about it and I still wanted to quit nursing my first child. But my husband encouraged me to stick with it and now I'm a pro!

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Questions:
1. Did you choose to breastfeed or formula feed? BREAST
2. What were the major factors that contributed to your decision? BREAST IS BEST
3. Do you feel like you were well informed on the differences between breast milk and formula? YES AND NO
4. Did anyone heavily influence you or pressure you into the decision you made? NO
5. Did your family and your "in-laws" support your decision? If not, how did you deal with their lack of support? YES
6. What do you consider to be the easiest thing about the way you chose to feed your baby? The hardest? CONVENIENCE, PUBLIC FEEDING, ROMANTIC LIFE WITH PARTNER :P
7. What do you think is the most common "myth" about the way you chose to feed your baby? THAT SOME PEOPLE SIMPLY CANT BREASTFEED, I THINK WE ALL CAN IT'S WEATHER YOU CAN BE BOTHERED OR NOT (SORRY IF THIS OFFENDS SOME PEOPLE, JUST MY PERSONAL OPINION)
8. Do you ever regret your decision or think you chose wrong? Why or why not? GOD NO, MY BABY IS HAPPY & HEALTHY, HE IS GROWING AND I KNOW THAT I AM DOING WHAT IS RIGHT FOR HIM
9. If you are a formula feeding mom, what brand did you chose to use and why? I FEED MY TODDLER HEINZ TODDLER GOLD, IT IS COST EFFECTIVE AND A TRUSTED BRAND
9. If you are a breastfeeding mom, how long did you nurse? I NURSED MY ELDEST FOR 10 1/2 MONTHS BUT PLAN TO FEED MY 3 MONTH OLD FOR AT LEAST 2 YEARS (HOPEFULLY)
10. What is the best feeding advice you can give to a new mom? STICK THROUGH THE BLISTERS, FRICTION BURN, CRACKED NIPPLES, IT DOES GO AWAY, PRACTICE MAKES PROGRESS, IF YOU DONT THINK YOUR BABY IS LATCHING ON PROPERLY CHANGE YOUR TECHNIQUE. REMEMBER IT'S THE BEST THING YOU COULD POSSIBLE DO AND IT'S SO REWARDING. YOUR BABY WILL THANK YOU FOR IT WITH LOTS OF LOVE AND GUMMY SMILES :D

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Questions:
1. Did you choose to breastfeed or formula feed?



Breastfeed only




2. What were the major factors that contributed to your decision?



Cost, ease, nutrition




3. Do you feel like you were well informed on the differences between breast milk and formula?



Yes




4. Did anyone heavily influence you or pressure you into the decision you made?



no




5. Did your family and your "in-laws" support your decision? If not, how did you deal with their lack of support?



Yes




6. What do you consider to be the easiest thing about the way you chose to feed your baby? The hardest?



No preparation needed.  Not sure on the hardest
7. What do you think is the most common "myth" about the way you chose to feed your baby?



I don't really pay attention to myths.




8. Do you ever regret your decision or think you chose wrong? Why or why not?



No.  It's always worked well for us




9. If you are a formula feeding mom, what brand did you chose to use and why?
9. If you are a breastfeeding mom, how long did you nurse?



Nursed twins for 15 months (they are now 7 years) and currently nursing 12 month old son... no clue when we'll wean.




10. What is the best feeding advice you can give to a new mom?



Don't give up.  If you are having trouble... find help.  Good luck!



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Oh! I also got this advice from someone and would share this with a new breastfeeding mom, too.



Never give up on your worst day.

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1. Did you choose to breastfeed or formula feed? Hoped to breastfeed, had to supplement a little with formula at first.

2. What were the major factors that contributed to your decision? I had a breast surgery 16 years ago so due to some damage in my ducts I had to supplement with formula at first. Constant nursing, though, (along with some fenugreek and lots of oatmeal) got my supply up so by 3 months I was ebf. I was desperate to breastfeed for health and bonding reasons.

3. Do you feel like you were well informed on the differences between breast milk and formula? Quite. I did a TON of reading and research while pregnant.

4. Did anyone heavily influence you or pressure you into the decision you made? Not really, though my husband was a little sceptical of breastfeeding because he couldn't "see" how much milk baby was getting and so always thought he was hungry. But we worked it out. :)

5. Did your family and your "in-laws" support your decision? If not, how did you deal with their lack of support? They were all mostly supportive. Except for the small trouble convincing hubby as mentioned above. My mother in law thought I was "taking" too much time with the baby, but she seemed to get over it.

6. What do you consider to be the easiest thing about the way you chose to feed your baby? Not having to make and wash bottles. Not having to buy formula. Never running out of formula. Being able to soothe the baby whenever and for however long he needed. Being able to snuggle and soothe him in such a tender and natural way. The The hardest? At times it was tough being the only one who could feed and satisfy him, but my husband found other ways to help and be involved.

7. What do you think is the most common "myth" about the way you chose to feed your baby? It seems somewhat common among men the problem my husband had with thinking the baby "wasn't getting anything." Or wasn't getting enough. My husband liked the way he could measure and see how many ounces were in a bottle and he was very unsure about breastfeeding. We had to spend a lot of time doing research together for me to convince him our baby was getting enough food.

8. Do you ever regret your decision or think you chose wrong? No, not at all. Why or why not? I wish we wouldn't have had to supplement at all with formula, but our baby is healthy and got what he needed. I have enjoyed breastfeeding very much and so does our baby. Anytime he is sick, upset, hungry, or whatever I know that I can nourish him and make him feel better at the same time. It is a powerful thing.

9. If you are a formula feeding mom, what brand did you chose to use and why? When we had to use formula, we used Enfamil at first and then Similac. They were so similar, but Similac came in a more convenient container and also plastic travel bottles. The enfamil travel bottles were glass and we broke a few on a trip so switched after that.

9. If you are a breastfeeding mom, how long did you nurse? My son is 10 1/2 months and we're still nursing now. Plan to go at least to one year and then let baby decide when he wants to wean.

10. What is the best feeding advice you can give to a new mom? Find what works for you, your baby and your family. Do as much research as you'd like or need to feel comfortable and do that research with your husband or family if necessary. Be confident in your choices, but also don't be afraid to experiment with others if something isn't working. As a breastfeeding mama, I'd love for everyone to have a great experience breastfeeding, but feeding your baby and making them healthy and happy can come in different ways.

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9.2 i am still nursing, but DD is only 2 1/2 months old, but i plan to continue as long as possible, which i hope is atleast a year

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1. we are mostly BF, like 98% of the time. we are still having to suplament some based on the fact that DD was a bit of a preemie and had low birth weight



2. since i didn't have a normal delivery, i wanted something that only i could do for DD, as well as being cost effective



3. yes



4. no



5. yes



6. its always avaliable...finding a place to do it



7. its gross



8. no, i know i am doing the best i can for my baby



9. when we use formula, we use enfimil lipil with iron



10. don't give up

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1. I chose to breastfeed.

2. To me, it is the only option.

3. I never was informed on either, most assumed I would formula feed.

4. No

5. n/a

6. I love the bonding time and I know my daughter does too. Breastfeeding has been an uphill battle for me. Breast infections, low supply, clogged ducts, nipple confusion, you name it. I work full time and pumping is miserably hard for me.

7. I have heard a lot of women say that they couldn't. I am sure there are some that can't, but I think if you want to...you will.

8. No

9. I am still nursing my 8 month old.

10. Mom knows best...try, try, try!

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Questions:
1. Did you choose to breastfeed or formula feed? I chose to breastfeed and have been fortunate to do so thus far.  My goal is to nurse exclusively until 4 to 6 months, then introduce food - but no formula.




2. What were the major factors that contributed to your decision? It was for bonding, the healthier choice, and something I was able to do.  Plus it doesn't hurt the pocket book.




3. Do you feel like you were well informed on the differences between breast milk and formula? I do, I also did research and asked my pediatrician a slew of questions.




4. Did anyone heavily influence you or pressure you into the decision you made?
No




5. Did your family and your "in-laws" support your decision? If not, how did you deal with their lack of support? I rececived complete support - though they would preferr I pump so that they could feed as well.  But for now, nursing is something between the two of us - our bond.




6. What do you consider to be the easiest thing about the way you chose to feed your baby? The hardest?
  The access is the easiest thing about nursing, and being the only food source is the hardest - but not hard enough to stop.




7. What do you think is the most common "myth" about the way you chose to feed your baby?
  Not sure.




8. Do you ever regret your decision or think you chose wrong? Why or why not?
No regrets.  I truly enjoy this time.




9. If you are a formula feeding mom, what brand did you chose to use and why? If you are a breastfeeding mom, how long did you nurse?
I hope to nurse for the first year at least, yet she is only 6 weeks so we will see.




10. What is the best feeding advice you can give to a new mom?
Hang in there, it is a great bonding experience and I recommend it to all who are able.

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1. Did you choose to breastfeed or formula feed? I chose to breast feed. However, my son had jaundice, and the pediatrician wanted us to nurse first, then supplement with 1-2 ouncesof formula at each feeding - thinking I wasn't producing enough. I made the decision after two or so months to stop supplementing, unless he seemed visibly hungry after a feeding because he just kept spitting up formula. He is now five months and over 18 pounds, so I would say, my production picked up when needed!
2. What were the major factors that contributed to your decision?
3. Do you feel like you were well informed on the differences between breast milk and formula? To a certain degree. There weren't "formula classes" like a "breastfeeding class", but I knew that formula wouldn't likely hurt him. It just isn't specifically formulated to fit his exact needs like breastmilk is.
4. Did anyone heavily influence you or pressure you into the decision you made? I was actually pressured by my mother-in-law to use formula because she had to. Her oldest son slept six hours straight the night they got home from the hospital because of the formula, she said. I was also told by the doctor, formula or breastmilk, in the first few weeks, don't let your child sleep longer than 3-4 hours between feedings. Otherwise, everyone else supported me. No one more so than my husband. He knew how important it was to me, and he wouldn't let me quit, even when it got hard waking up every two hours. He would slice an apple for me, pour us some juice, and we would talk and spend time together at the 2, 4 and 6 am feedings. It was beautiful.
5. Did your family and your "in-laws" support your decision? If not, how did you deal with their lack of support? When my in-laws didn't support me, telling me that by allowing my child to demand feed, I would raise an obese child - despite it actually being quite the opposite - I just smiled and said, this is our decision and We are doing what we think is the best for our child. It did help that my husband told me to stop talking and listening to his mother who didn't know what the heck she was talking about!
6. What do you consider to be the easiest thing about the way you chose to feed your baby? The hardest? The easiest is the fact that no matter how tired I am - I don't know if it is the hormones or what - I am able to relax and truly treasure the time with my son. Oh - and not having to sterilize bottles left and right is also awesome!  The hardest is the fact that I do feel tied down sometimes. Especially when I was working on securing my supply, I couldn't be away from my son for more than 2-3 hours at a time. Once we bought a really good Medela automatic pump, I was able to have some freedom again, but there were about 6 weeks where it was a little tough. But now, I wouldn't change a thing. Also the hardest is when he puts up a strike. It has happened three times - and it is emotional and it made me want to quit because I worried. But then a day or two later, he was back at the breast with such a verocity, it was worth it.
7. What do you think is the most common "myth" about the way you chose to feed your baby? The myth of - you have to have your child on a four hour feeding schedule or else you will spoil them myth. So many people told me that prior to four months old, by allowing him to fall asleep nursing or nursing on demand, he would become spoiled and obese. Studies show that demand feeding will not make your child obese because they stop when they are satisfied and only eat when they are hungry. And honestly, can you really spoil a child by spending time with them? If so, then may my child be spoiled, because he has a mommy and daddy who love spending time with him!
8. Do you ever regret your decision or think you chose wrong? Why or why not? No, there were times when I wanted to give up because it was either emotional or tough, but it is still the best decision I have made. I know that breastmilk is the best choice for my son, and so what if it has been a little hard on me. It is worth it, and for new moms, once you get into a schedule, It will totally get easier and more enjoyable. Plus, you can eat what you want pretty much, and still lose weight. It is like an extended pregnancy that way!
9. If you are a formula feeding mom, what brand did you chose to use and why? We do keep formula on hand, just in case, and we use Nestle Goodstart - the green can with DHA for brain development and Immune boosting.
9. If you are a breastfeeding mom, how long did you nurse? He is five months, and we are still going strong. I will nurse - God willing - until one year, maybe two - or until I am too pregnant and have to stop.
10. What is the best feeding advice you can give to a new mom? "The Nursing Mother's Companion" is the best book to arm yourself with. Find a Pediatrician who is Pro-Breastfeeding, and realize that if you choose to supplement with formula, you are not a failure. When you get frustrated because you are exhausted and the baby won't latch right and you just want that feeding to be over - you are not a failure. Get yourself a GREAT pump, and in those moments, don't be afraid to put the baby in your spouse's arms, pump, and go back to bed while he/she feeds the baby. And don't be afraid to spend $2-300 on a good pump or rent one from the hospital. We thought it was expensive, too - that is until my milk was slow to come in and we were going through a can of formula a week - and we were only supplementing one to two ounces! A can of formula is at least $25 - so the pump will pay for itself in the first two months or so. Plus, you are giving your child and your family a gift no one else can. And...if you have an abundance or extra milk, don't be afraid to donate it to a milk bank. There are mothers out there that want breastmilk for their baby, and because of circumstance, can't.

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2. Best for my baby and good for me too and its free



3. No had to look at all the info myself



4. No the total opposite i was told to bottlefeed



5. No i just did what i wanted to do i knew it was for the best



6. Easiest not having to carry bottles around or having to do them in the middle of the night Hardest the first 2months of it being every 2hrs no sleep



7. That past 6months its not good and they dont get any goodness out off it.



8. No i love it and my son loves it its quick and easy



9. my son is 6months and i still am andf want to till he is at least 1yr



10. Try to breastfeed make sure you get as much help and info about it as possible and always ask if you have a problem there is some great support out there.

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2. I just felt it was the right thing to do- it felt natural and right to me.



3. Yes.



4. My mother breastfed all of her children, most of the mothers that I know choose to breastfeed if the can.



5. They were all supportive of my decision.



6. Easiest-dont have to pack bottles and formula around, dont have to mix or heat anything up- just whip out the titty! Hardest-now that she is teething she bites my nipples sometimes...



7. One that I have heard is that It makes your breasts, basically, deflate...



8. No, never.



9.My baby is almost 8 months old and I am still nursing her. She has bout 3 solid food meals and nurses about 4-5 times a day.



10. If you are able to breastfeed your baby it is the best thing to do for both your body and the babys. It also allows for such a sweet closeness with your child.

Donna - posted on 03/18/2009

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1. Did you choose to breastfeed or formula feed?

Breastfeed

2. What were the major factors that contributed to your decision?

Most natural way of feeding baby, better for baby & mother, it's free & formula fed baby poo smells awful, breastfed baby poo smells sweet.

3. Do you feel like you were well informed on the differences between breast milk and formula?

Yes but only from my own research.

4. Did anyone heavily influence you or pressure you into the decision you made?

No infact was told by midwife my daughter wasn't putting on weight fast enough & discouraged from continuing to breastfeed which i ignored as she was a very happy baby.

5. Did your family and your "in-laws" support your decision? If not, how did you deal with their lack of support?

Most were very supportive.

6. What do you consider to be the easiest thing about the way you chose to feed your baby? The hardest?

easiest was no cleaning, making bottles. No getting out of bed in the middle of the night to warm bottles etc. Always ready & at right temp 24/7.

Hardest was no-one else could feed her as she would not take to any bottle, first 3 months & growth spurts.

7. What do you think is the most common "myth" about the way you chose to feed your baby?

That it hurts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

8. Do you ever regret your decision or think you chose wrong? Why or why not?

No i know i chose the best thing for my baby. She's 3 now & stills talks about when she used to have booby milk. Am expecting another baby any day now & she's very excited that this baby will also have booby milk just like she did.

9. If you are a formula feeding mom, what brand did you chose to use and why?

9. If you are a breastfeeding mom, how long did you nurse?

22 months

10. What is the best feeding advice you can give to a new mom?

Even if you think breastfeeding may not be for you, just try you may be suprised & the first 2-3 months are the hardest if you can get through them the rest is a breeze.

Stephanie - posted on 03/18/2009

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1. Did you choose to breastfeed or formula feed? Breastfeed



2. What were the major factors that contributed to your decision? Convenience, health, support, "breast is best", cheaper, bonding.



3. Do you feel like you were well informed on the differences between breast milk and formula? yes



4. Did anyone heavily influence you or pressure you into the decision you made? No one pressured me. My mom and aunt were big on breastfeeding though.



5. Did your family and your "in-laws" support your decision? If not, how did you deal with their lack of support? My family was totally supportive. My in-laws weren't disapproving, but didni't seem as supportive.



6. What do you consider to be the easiest thing about the way you chose to feed your baby? The hardest? It is always the right temperature and readily available, as long as I'm there.



7. What do you think is the most common "myth" about the way you chose to feed your baby? I think it is easier to breastfeed than bottle feed. It takes more time to fix a bottle than to have your little one latch right on.



8. Do you ever regret your decision or think you chose wrong? Why or why not? No. My 2yr old breastfed for 18mo and didn't get sick until he was 2, aside from one or two minor colds. He's been a happy, healthy, confident child!



9. If you are a formula feeding mom, what brand did you chose to use and why? n/a



9. If you are a breastfeeding mom, how long did you nurse? 18 months with #1, #2 is 3months and still nursing.



10. What is the best feeding advice you can give to a new mom? Breastfeeding can be really hard the first 6 weeks, but it does get easier. Make sure to use lanolin after each feeding the first few weeks to avoid soreness. Call a lactation consultant or joing LaLeche League for support and advice. As long as your baby's needs are being met, through breastmilk or formula, that's what is most important. Drink lots of water. There are some natural remedies to increase your supply if you feel like you're not producing enough. A pump isn't as effective as a baby at getting milk, so don't think the maximum that you pump out is what your baby is getting. As long as he/she is growing and wetting diapers, that's what matters.

Pauline - posted on 03/18/2009

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2) my babies and my health, bonding, finances



3) Yes



4) No



5) Yes



6) When I'm home, the easiest thing is how easy it is (now that we're well established) I have what she needs anytime without any prep, clean up, and can nearly always calm her that way as well.



7) that people will be uncomfortable about you BFing in public places.



8) Absolutely not.  My daughter is healthy, rarely has a cold despite being exposed to school age kids and well adjusted. 



9) NA



10) my son I BF until he was 10 months, my daughter is 1 and we're still nursing.



11) its worth it, if your having trouble get help from a lactation consultant.

Shelley - posted on 03/18/2009

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2. Boost their immune system - breast is best



3. Mmm ... so so



4. No



5. Got wonderful support from family & friends



6. Easiest - no bottles to sterilize or prepare Hardest - in our country South Africa - don't cater all that well for breastfeeding mothers - so if you out and about difficult when feeding time is near



7. IF you don't breastfeed you don't form a bond with your baby



8. Definitely not - established a nice rhythm with feeding



9. My baby is 2 months old and still nursing - hoping to go until she is 6 months old



10. Follow your instincts - and whoever said that breastfeeding is easy - never breastfed!! It takes a while for you and baby to find a good rhythm ... but when you do it's great. It took me about 2 weeks and my advise is persevere persevere persevere!!



Quoting Rebecca:

Quick Survey!

I am starting my own breastfeeding support website and I thought I'd get some input from all of you! Whenever you have a chance could you please send me your answers to these questions (either reply on here or send it in a message if you would prefer). I will be using your responses on a web page that gives expectant or new moms honest and straight forward information on the benefits and struggles of breastfeeding. Even if you chose not to breastfeed I still would love to have your answers! Some mothers who will visit my site may be trying to decide if breastfeeding is right for them and I want to give them both sides so that they can make the best choice for themselves! It is just 10 easy questions and should not take too long. If you don't want to answer certain questions then feel free to leave them blank! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR HELP!!!!

Questions:
1. Did you choose to breastfeed or formula feed?
2. What were the major factors that contributed to your decision?
3. Do you feel like you were well informed on the differences between breast milk and formula?
4. Did anyone heavily influence you or pressure you into the decision you made?
5. Did your family and your "in-laws" support your decision? If not, how did you deal with their lack of support?
6. What do you consider to be the easiest thing about the way you chose to feed your baby? The hardest?
7. What do you think is the most common "myth" about the way you chose to feed your baby?
8. Do you ever regret your decision or think you chose wrong? Why or why not?
9. If you are a formula feeding mom, what brand did you chose to use and why?
9. If you are a breastfeeding mom, how long did you nurse?
10. What is the best feeding advice you can give to a new mom?

My website will be www.onlythebreastforbaby.com It is not up and running yet, but I am working very hard to get it there soon! I'll let you all know when I get it finished, so keep an eye out! Thanks again for your input!

~Becky~





 

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1. Did you choose to breastfeed or formula feed? Breastfeed.
2. What were the major factors that contributed to your decision? All the scientific evidence that breast is best. Why fight nature?
3. Do you feel like you were well informed on the differences between breast milk and formula? Yes, but I am self informed.
4. Did anyone heavily influence you or pressure you into the decision you made? No, it was entirely my decision.
5. Did your family and your "in-laws" support your decision? If not, how did you deal with their lack of support? No one I knew was not supportive. My sister in law thought I should have weaned him by about 12 months (he's 22 months and still nursing) but that was the only negative pressure I got, and she wasn't pushy, that was just her opinion so we could go out and have fun!!
6. What do you consider to be the easiest thing about the way you chose to feed your baby? The hardest? Easiest is it's always there and you can go anywhere and feed your baby. Hardest is: sharing your body 24/7; having no libido and the effect on your marriage (this is the worst in my opinion); having to be constantly available for baby and not being able to participate in lots of child-free social activities if baby won't take a bottle; it's hard to wean once you start without traumatizing your child; being the only one who can put him to bed and the hour long nursing session when your favourite program is on TV (ok that one is selfish!); not getting a full night's sleep for almost 2 years.

7. What do you think is the most common "myth" about the way you chose to feed your baby? I can't think of any myths around breastfeeding.

8. Do you ever regret your decision or think you chose wrong? Why or why not? I wouldn't call it regret, as I would never go back and choose to do bottles, but I feel resentment that nursing has gone on so long; no-one told me that it would be so difficult to end the nursing relationship and that I would have to share my body and my bed for so long and practically forfeit my desire for intimacy with my husband.

9. If you are a formula feeding mom, what brand did you chose to use and why?
9. If you are a breastfeeding mom, how long did you nurse? 22 months and still going (have been trying to wean for about 6 months)

10. What is the best feeding advice you can give to a new mom? I would say do what's right for you and your baby, but try to breastfeed at least the first 6 months. Read, read, read, forums like this are a great place to get advice and find out what you're in for if you choose the bottle or if you choose breast. Personally, I can't rave about breastfeeding even though I know it is GREAT for baby and I'm glad I did it. Some people have less trouble weaning than I have so I can't give blanket advice for every new mother based on my experience. I'm sure bottle feeding would have had it's own hassles.

Katie - posted on 03/18/2009

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2. wanted to give the best to my baby, easier, cheaper



3. yes



4. I wasn't pressured but I guess because my mum breast fed it encouraged me to do the same



5. yes



6. hassle free - no sterilising or preparation needed. hardest thing is it can be tiring.



7. not sure i know any myths



8. no definitely not



9. n/a



10. to keep at it, but if it's not happening don't worry about switching to formula

Melissa - posted on 03/18/2009

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1. Did you choose to breastfeed or formula feed?  Breastfeed                                                      2. What were the major factors that contributed to your decision? My mother breastfed me.
3. Do you feel like you were well informed on the differences between breast milk and formula? Yes, but only by the health department, my doctor didn't really touch on it.
4. Did anyone heavily influence you or pressure you into the decision you made? No.
5. Did your family and your "in-laws" support your decision? If not, how did you deal with their lack of support? Yes, mostly, some thought it might be weird.
6. What do you consider to be the easiest thing about the way you chose to feed your baby? I didn't have really buy anything! The hardest? Going back to work, I work at a nursing home and there was no place to pump.
7. What do you think is the most common "myth" about the way you chose to feed your baby? That it hurts alot, granted it did a little but I found it worth it.
8. Do you ever regret your decision or think you chose wrong? No  Why or why not? Because no matter what anyone tries to say we all know that the breast is best.
9. If you are a formula feeding mom, what brand did you chose to use and why? I did supplement when I went back to work and I used Similac.
9. If you are a breastfeeding mom, how long did you nurse? Till she was about seven months.
10. What is the best feeding advice you can give to a new mom? Breastfeeding is a little harder and takes more time but it is well worth it in the end, plus it makes great bonding time, if you are completely against it at least give it a try, for your babys sake.

Allison - posted on 03/18/2009

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1. I chose to breastfeed.
2. With my first baby, I chose breastfeeding because it was free. As I learned more about it and got used to doing it, I knew babies really need breastmilk to develop normally and healthfully and knew I'd breastfeeding all my future children.
3. At first, I was a little bit informed. I've since gotten much more informed.
4. A co-worker of mine was nursing her 18 month old when she got pregnant. I had never considered nursing for that long (this was before I got pregnant) but we'd talked a bit about why she had decided to do that and it really made me think a bit. No one pressured me about breastfeeding or formula-feeding - my mom was a bit uncomfortable with the thought of it, but once my daughter was born she was completely on board.
4. Yes, my family and ILs supported my decision. My MIL nursed my husband for 8 months and she shared her experiences with me.She even said she wishes she had nursed longer. I think more family were concerned when I told people she'd nurse until she weaned herself, but no one gave me grief. My grandmother has always been completely for it as well and very supportive.
6. Easiest thing: milk is always ready. Baby never needs to get upset to get fed as the second I notice baby is hungry I can pop him/her on and he/she can get fed. The hardest is the constant nursing as a newborn and during growth spurts, as well as the nursing throughout the night. But I feel those inconveniences are very much worth it.
7. That introducing formula or cereal in a young baby will make them sleep longer at night. Babies were made to nurse every 2-3 hours and breastmilk is exactly what they need, even if it's hard for us to do at night. Also, breastfeeding is just as much about connection and bonding as it is about nutrition. So many people say "Well, at 4 months old they don't *need* to eat at night" and that may be true, but they *need* to connect with mom...they need help sleeping and regulating and even dealing with discomfort, like teething. Being able to nurse freely at night helps support all of this.
8. No, I do not regret my decision. I *do* regret forcing nightweaning on my daughter at 19 months, as it didn't help her sleep longer and made me sleep less. I *do* regret weaning my daughter at 3 years old before she was ready. I was pregnant (5 months) and the nipple pain was outrageous, so I made her stop. She still asked to nurse for over 1 year after that point. I am currently nursing a 2 year old and am 32 weeks pregnant and it's been challenging but wonderful!
9. As stated above, my daughter (first child and oldest) weaned at 3 before she was ready. I think she would have easily nursed until 4. My 2 year old is still nursing and I plan on tandem nursing once #3 arrives in May. I also plan on allowing both younger children to wean when they are ready.
10. Fully commit to breastfeeding for at least 6 weeks. If you're nursing well at that point, set the goal of 6 months. By the time you get there, 1 year seems very doable. Once you hit a year, 2 years seems possible. :-) Also, get suppport! Find La Leche League, meet other moms who are nursing, visit Kellymom.com, and really surround yourself with people who can help you, reassure you, and be there to cheer you on when it gets tough.

Amanda - posted on 03/18/2009

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1. Did you choose to breastfeed or formula feed?



Breastfeed




2. What were the major factors that contributed to your decision?



Purely selfish reasons, getting my body back in shape faster, as well the price of formula. Also formula poops gross me right out.




3. Do you feel like you were well informed on the differences between breast milk and formula?



Yes I read the Womanly Art of Breastfeeding before my first child. Also I grew up in a home where all my siblings were breastfeed.




4. Did anyone heavily influence you or pressure you into the decision you made?



No this was a choice I maded on my own.




5. Did your family and your "in-laws" support your decision? If not, how did you deal with their lack of support?



I had full support from both sides of the family.






6. What do you consider to be the easiest thing about the way you chose to feed your baby? The hardest?



The easiest part was there was no bottles that need to be cleaned, it was always there, always the right tempature, and it never went bad. The hardest part was a breast infection.




7. What do you think is the most common "myth" about the way you chose to feed your baby?



That once teeth grow in you need to ween, because breastfeeding with teeth is painful.




8. Do you ever regret your decision or think you chose wrong? Why or why not?



Never, I feel the choice I made for my children and I was the best choice.




9. If you are a breastfeeding mom, how long did you nurse?



My first child nursed until 1 1/2 years



My second child nursed until 2 1/2 years



My third child is nursing now for 8 1/2 months and still going strong.




10. What is the best feeding advice you can give to a new mom?



To research everything, and make a choice that is best for her and her child. Do not allow others opinions and choices influence your choice.

Nicole - posted on 03/18/2009

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1. Breastfeed 



2. Convienence, financial reasons, bonding, plus I just wanted to see if I could do it as a woman.



3. Yes, Lots of information from friends and family, plus I'm a nurse.



4.No, I had plenty of family encouraging me to do it but no pressure.



5. My mother-in-law supported my trying it, she couldn't so she really hoped I could.



6.Easiest- the convienence of having it available at all times.  Hardest- the discomfort, plus occasionally the inability in the beginning to have time for yourself, needing to be available to nurse.



7. That breastfeeding is inconvienent.



8. Not at all, I've breastfed all 4 of my children and wouldn't have it any other way.



9. I breastfed all my children but used enfamil in the hospital and at home until my milk came in.



10. Breastfeeding is easy once you get the hang of it, and a great way to bond with your baby.  It's always available and at just the right amount, and temperature so it's very convienent, give it a try for at least a few months, don't get discouraged and remember that most solutions to problems with breastfeeding is to continue to breastfeed.  Don't feel bad if it didn't work out for you and try consulting the lactation department in your area with questions.

Michelle - posted on 03/18/2009

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1. Did you choose to breastfeed or formula feed? Breastfeed



2. What were the major factors that contributed to your decision? I think it is a babys right to breastfeed



3. Do you feel like you were well informed on the differences between breast milk and formula? Yes i read many books/magazines and midwives informed me of both pros and cons to bottle and breast.



4. Did anyone heavily influence you or pressure you into the decision you made? My mum breasfed her 3 children until they were two.



5. Did your family and your "in-laws" support your decision? If not, how did you deal with their lack of support? My family did but my friends not so much, i knew i was doin the best for my baby and thats all that matterd to me.



6. What do you consider to be the easiest thing about the way you chose to feed your baby? The hardest? I dont have to get up in the nite to make bottles up so thats the easiest, the hardest is how demanding it is, you cant go out. It has to be carefully planned so you can pump enough to leave for baby.



7. What do you think is the most common "myth" about the way you chose to feed your baby? That breastfed babys are more clingy, my girl is haooy anywhere.



8. Do you ever regret your decision or think you chose wrong? Why or why not? No i know i chose right, i have a happy baby who has never had as much as a sniffle.



9. If you are a formula feeding mom, what brand did you chose to use and why? N/A



9. If you are a breastfeeding mom, how long did you nurse? I am currently nursing my 4 month old and am planning to let her wean herself when she is ready.



10. What is the best feeding advice you can give to a new mom? Its hard at first but it is the most rewarding thing in the world and you will thank your lucky stars for it in the end. When you establish bf it is the most amazing feeling you will ever experiance and the easiest thing to do.

Tammy - posted on 03/18/2009

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2.  better for the baby, helps with weight loss, it's free and convienent sp?



3. yes I have a BS in Child Development



4. No



5. For the first 4 pregnancies yes.  My partner for the fifth pregnancy was not so supportive at first, his first wife said breastfeeding would "ruin" her breasts and it was too hard.  He quickly became a fan upon seeinghow healthy our daughter was compared to his other daughter and the first time he bought a $28 can of formula!!  Plus my breast were good enough for him after breast feeding four so a fifth wasn't gonna ruin them.



6. Easiest was food was always readily available and ready to feed.  Hardest was going back to work and pumping.



7.  That it will make your breasts saggy.  Or that if you have big breasts breast feeding will be easier and that if you have small breast you won't make enough milk.



8.  No.  All the children are gifted and never had childhood ear infections or colds. I think it was the breastfeeding.



9.  As they got older i supplemented and I used Carnation good started or store brand.  i breastfed exclusively for 6-8 mos depending on child then supplemented and fed baby food.



10.  Do what is best for you and your baby.  Trust your instincts, you will know what to do.



 



 



GOOD LUCK!!!



 

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1. I chose to breastfeed

2. I wanted to give my baby as much of an immune system as I could, I also felt it was the most natural thing for me as a mother to do for my child and wanted the closest bond to my baby as possible.

3. I did my own research and also attended a meeting with Le Leche League... I did pick up the occassional leaflet in the doctors office too.

4. No I wanted to breastfeed.

5. My mother-in-law was not supportive, I dealt with the situation by telling her it is how it is and its the best thing for my baby... she was upset that when we would visit he would need a feed, I expect that me being uncomfortable was a factor for my baby to want to feed - also for comfort!!

6. The thing that makes breastfeeding easy is that you can feed where ever you are not need for bottles, a kettle or sterilizing... the hardest thing was when the hospital staff were concerned about how much the baby was getting as there is no way to measure the amount for their charts!

7. I don't know any myths about breasfeeding, I suppose different people have their own views, but its important to do whats right for you and baby.

8. No I do not regret breastfeeding, I just hope that its as easy for me on my next child....I breastfed exclusively for 6 months and then with solids for a further 7-8 months and am proud I was lucky enough to be able.

9. As above a year and 1 or 2 months...

10. The best advice I would give a new mom is try to stick with the breasfeeding for at least 10 days as alot of moms give up in the first week when they can not get the hang of it... but it is soooooooo worth it if you can stick it out... get a support network before you have your baby in case you have problems feeding, check that there is a lactation consultant available in the hospital you attend.... talk to close friends or family who have breastfed if you need advise... Do not listen to people who are not supportive... when you have a baby you need to wear blinkers and ear muffs and only chose to take in the positive stuff... Good luck... X

Emily - posted on 03/18/2009

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1. Did you choose to breastfeed or formula feed? breastfeed




2. What were the major factors that contributed to your decision?Health reasons, financial reasons, convenience, bonding. I think formula smells really gross too from having babysat formula fed kids I am completely truned off by it and formula poops.




3. Do you feel like you were well informed on the differences between breast milk and formula?Yes, my midwife and friends all gave me great info.




4. Did anyone heavily influence you or pressure you into the decision you made?No, I was very committed to breastfeeding. I had encouragment but not pressure.




5. Did your family and your "in-laws" support your decision? If not, how did you deal with their lack of support?My mohter in law said, "Don't get too excited about breastfeeding, you probably won't be able to do it." Which, yes, made me more committed and didn't detour me at all!




6. What do you consider to be the easiest thing about the way you chose to feed your baby? The hardest?Easiest-convenience, you can do it anywhere and don't have to clean up! Hardest- The first few days do hurt.




7. What do you think is the most common "myth" about the way you chose to feed your baby?THat breastfeeding is hard and inconvienient. It isn't it is really portable!




8. Do you ever regret your decision or think you chose wrong? Why or why not?Not at all




9. If you are a formula feeding mom, what brand did you chose to use and why?I am a breastfeeding mom who did run into low supply with my second child when I went back to work. I bought one can of Bright Beginnings Organic because it had the lowest sugar/corn syrup I could find in an organic. She used a little until I adjusted to the pump again and I ended up giving the almost full can to my best friend when my baby was twelve months old.




9. If you are a breastfeeding mom, how long did you nurse?I nursed my oldest until she was almost three and my youngest is two and a half and still nursing




10. What is the best feeding advice you can give to a new mom?I don't know, I am not really a lactation consultant. I would suggest if she is having difficulties to contact lLL or a LC and give it 2 months before giving up just to have time to overcome the obstacles.

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