BFing Concerns/Questions

Katie - posted on 11/22/2013 ( 3 moms have responded )

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So I'm 12 weeks with my 3rd baby and having some anxiety about breast feeding. I shouldn't be this early...with my first I tried for 8 weeks and stopped. Born at 9 lbs she was hungry all the time, she never latched right, it hurt ALL the time. I hated BFing with a passion. With my son I refused, didn't try a single time. Nurses at the hospital were rude to me, after I refused to try. I still want NOTHING to do with BFing. I'm really nervous because people will treat me so different. After I stopped BFing my daughter I was treated for PPD. With my son I was happy, lost the baby weight faster, was not treated for PPD. I guess I'm looking for advice. Should I feel guilty if I don't attempt with #3? Did anyone else formula feed from day 1? Anyone fail with their first and go on to be successful with a different child? I would prefer no drama. :-)

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Katherine - posted on 11/26/2013

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I'm in the middle of weaning my son who turned one last month. I think breastfeeding is a wonderful thing if you are able and willng but it is also a lot of work, painful in the beginning, and it takes dedication. I know the breastfeeding debate is a hot topic right now and I loved nursing my son but what babies need most (as I'm sure you know) is a loving, involved mom who is happy. Formula is NOT poison; it is a wonderful, healthy alternative to breastfeeding and sometimes it is the best choice for mom and baby. Sure momma's milk is natural but I sure didn't suffer through a natural childbirth just because it's what our ancestors did. Don't let other people's opinions affect your decision. Do whatever you feel is best for BOTH of you. There is plenty of help out there if you decide to nurse and have issues with it. And there are plenty of moms out there who went with formula from day one and their babies are just as healthy and smart as anybody else's. Good luck whichever way you go and congrats on #3!!!!!

Katie - posted on 11/22/2013

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Thanks for the reply! I did this with my first for a few weeks. I think when my milk comes in I could do it again. I would love for the baby to have breast milk...I still haven't decided either way yet I guess.

Veronica - posted on 11/22/2013

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I breastfed my first son but had to stop after 5 weeks cause I stopped producing. And I tried with my 2nd son but the nurses let his aunt feed him by bottle and he wouldn't take to me. With my daughter it was much easier I alternated one week breast milk and then a few days on formula. But if you want your baby to have breast milk you can always pump and feed with bottle my daughter n law done it that way. Get a lot of small bottles and pump into them and you can freeze your breast milk if you over pump. But it's you decicion to breast feed or not. Hope I helped. Good luck.

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