Breast or bottle??

Jacinta - posted on 12/04/2012 ( 65 moms have responded )

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Breast feeding or bottle feeding is better??



I personally don't really mind either way I bottle fed my twin boys but only because I couldn't provide enough milk to feed the two of them,if given the opinion I quite possibly might of and as I'm 6 months pregnant with my third son Rocco,if I can breast feed him I probably will.



I know some people have strong opinions on this so what is yours is breast best or are yours bottle babies?



Please respect everyones opinion Thankyou :)

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I nursed and used formula. I struggled immensely with nursing, hated it in fact, and if I had to do it over again, I wouldn't beat myself up over it if I decided formula only from day one.



But more to the point, a fed baby is far better than a starving or malnourished baby. Another major factor is that it is none of our business how a mother feeds her baby. A mother can ask for nursing assistance, and I see no problem with a pro-BFing mom providing accurate, sound advice. But the minute an extreme nursing nazi spews nasty negative comments about formula (poison, evil, FAKE, loss of IQ), well then I lose all respect and credibility for you. Provide facts and advice without the need to speak negatively about alternate feeding options.

Samantha - posted on 12/09/2012

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Scientifically human milk is the best thing for human babies to have. Have you looked at the ingredient list of formula? Processed cow's milk proteins, vegetable oils, and corn syrup. If I was one of the unfortunate 5-10% of women who cannot breastfeed for medical reasons (most other cases are bad education and mother's choice) I would feed my baby donor milk. If the big formula companies were that concerned about what is best for babies they would make formula from goat's milk and use mostly coconut oil, and better sources of sugars than corn syrup.

Sherri - posted on 12/16/2012

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What is better is what works best for your family. Breast is only best if it works in your family if it doesn't than bottle is best.

Merry - posted on 12/14/2012

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I breastfeed because it's the normal way to feed a baby and I think they deserve real human milk if at all possible. Their mouths are shaped to breastfeed and not to bottle feed. I like that my milk is full of living healing cells for them and that it changes monthly, weekly, daily, even hourly or mid feed to specificly tailor to their needs. Formula is highly processed and void of living cells so of course using it carries health risks. Short term ones like grassiness fussiness constipation etc. some mid term stuff like increased ear infections, and gastro infections, more viruses, and or longer viruses. And some more long term risks like increased risks of cancers diabetes or obesity etc.
So since I have two working boobs, and am lucky enough to not have to work a lot, I see no reason why I wouldn't breastfeed!
It's free and that helps too.
It's not easy at the beginning, but as you and your baby learn it does get easier and becomes second nature.
So a resounding yes to breastfeeding. It's my motherly instinct to do so and I love it :)

Kathy - posted on 12/07/2012

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I nursed my 3 kids until they were about 3 years old each (cause yeah, I am that crunchy!)



I think breastmilk is the best food for infants for a laundry list of reason.



I am a little confused by people who do not try to breastfeed (unless they have some compelling reason we are not privvy to) given the health benefits, but I also acknowledge it is none of my business.



I would also encourage new moms who do want to breastfeed to hang in there for 6 weeks or so before abandoning breastfeeding, as long as they are not completely overwhelmed or exhausted. Emphasis on the "not overwhelmed or exhausted". I had breastfeeding issues with my first, and quite frankly looking back I can see I was on the verge of a breakdown. If I had decided for the sake of my mental health to quit, I would have hit anyone who suggested waiting it out.

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Lana - posted on 05/10/2013

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Breast! My daughter got through the worst flue season since 1970 illness free! I am 5 lbs away form my post pregnancy weight and I LOVE the convince of just pulling out a boob to feed my child! I HATE washing bottles, and formula is expensive! I understand that it is a luxury to be able to exclusively breast feed because of my part time work status and I would never knock a woman for doing what she has to do, but should my husband and I decide to have another I will be picking the boobie again and again!

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dude neither one is "better" imo. they both get the baby fed, and as long as baby is healthy and happy why does this matter?

i couldn't breastfeed either of my two. with my first, i stressed about it so much and i think that stress is what helped bring on the ppd, making me unable to bond with her. with my son, i decided not to stress about it. i figured i'd try, but if i couldn't produce or he wouldn't latch on it wasn't going to be a big deal. i found myself SO MUCH HAPPIER with him. i wasn't stressing about something that i couldn't help, and that extra time spent not stressing was spent bonding with my little boy.

whatever works for the mom and the baby to make them both happy, i say go for it.

Amanda - posted on 01/14/2013

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Breast is best, but weaning can be difficult. My first son was formula, and my 2nd was and still is breastfeed. I can tell a big difference in the 2. Gage my 5 year old had allergies, stayed sick, spit up, got his days and nights mixed up, was very fussy and colicky. Matthew my 19 month old was a wonderful baby. Slept alot, except when to nurse, hardly ever got sick, not much spit up. It's just been hard weaning him, but this was my first time breastfeeding. So I just had to learn how it all worked. Hope this helps. Plus alot of support!

Christine - posted on 01/13/2013

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I agree with all posters that either method is just fine as long as your baby is being fed however I am a big breastfeeding advocate!
There are so many reasons, the reasons are endless.
It is better for their immunity as you do pass on antibiodies to them. It burns a ton of calories (about 500 a day) this is significant especially because your body stores fat just to burn off while nursing so it helps you lose weight. It releases bonding hormones between you and the baby every time you nurse (the hormone is called oxytocin, the "love" drug, you also produce it during childbirth). No bottles to make (measuring and warming up) or clean. No formula to buy. And yes formula is perfectly "safe" and will help your baby grow and thrive but one thing I always think about is that a breastfed baby poops every few days, because with breastmilk there is such little waste.. their body uses everything! With formula most babies poop every day. Because it isn't "perfect". Breastfeeding lowers your chances of getting breast, ovarian, and uterine cancer - though you'd need to ideally nurse at least 6 months and ideally a year + for that benefit to be maximized. Every single doctor agrees that breastfeeding is better than formula. Of course none of this means that formula is bad though! I'm just pointing out that they are not the same and there is a difference between them. If they were the same, doctors would not recommend breastfeeding over a bottle. For the record I did supplement with formula with my first babies who were twins. So I'm in no way anti formula at all but since then I have exclusively nursed two babies. And I feel really good about my decision and now wish I had nursed my twins more, and tried to exclusively nurse them. I mention that because you may feel the same in so many years, as you learn more and more about the benefits of it. And yo may not too *shrug*. Anyways Even if you decide not to nurse you should still breastfeed for the first few days so the baby can get colostrum (google it if you want to learn more about it but it's basically nutrient packed drops of liquid you produce before your milk comes in). It is super good for the baby. And once you start the process you may realize how nice and easy it is and stick with it! :).

Shannon - posted on 01/07/2013

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Breast is best. Formula is not even in the ball park of breastmilk. That said Breast feeding does not mean you cant give a bottle. That is why there are pumps out there. People that say Formula is better than breastmilk are simply uneducated. I am not saying they are dumb or didnt go to school, I am saying its a proven scientific fact that breastmilk is best.

If you do decide to go breast, I highly recommend getting a great pump so that bottles are an option without having to switch to formula.

Jessica - posted on 01/01/2013

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I am breastfeeding now, been 5 months. Plan on doing it for another 7 months at least. He refuses.

Patricia - posted on 01/01/2013

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I think every women should atleast try to breastfeed if she can. I had to bottle feed for a whole sleugh of medical reasons and I was sad :(

Rochel - posted on 12/31/2012

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When your baby comes you will know what to do... whether its breast or bottle they will get what they need as long as you are giving them unconditional love which I am sure you will do. I breastfed my first exclusively for 4 mos then weaned and did 6 mos of formula (the middle weaning was mixed). I was an over producer which was very uncomfortable and made me very prone to infection. When my second came along breastfeeding was so natural to me and if happened right away... I breast fed her exclusively for 2 mos and mixed for more month then I have been doing formula for 2 mos now. In terms of bonding you can bond either way. For me the infections and getting the milk aspirated out of my breast was not fun and I felt that I wasn't the best mom I could be breastfeeding at that moment. So in conclusion its a personal choice and you should make it on what you want to do and what can make you the best mom out there. Whether you choose bottle or breast your baby will be happy and healthy. There are alot of woman out there that were never able to even try breastfeeding and their kids are healthy and happy.

Jessica - posted on 12/26/2012

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I have 4 kida and have breatfed 3 of them. I love breastfeeding and think it's best but I also think it depends on the mother, with a bottle you can have help (which is great) with breastfeeding you have to do every feeding and when you have other children it makes it hard.

Lissa - posted on 12/25/2012

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Breastfeed if you can. Surround yourself with people who support you and someone that has done it before. If you cannot breastfeed, don't sweat it. There are plenty of good formulas out there.

Momma - posted on 12/19/2012

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Ah, my son is doing great. He is at the top of his class at his Daycare. They are surprised with how well he talks and what he knows. He is 26 months. He had formula from 3.5 months. It is not a big deal and it IS what was best for him and me. Otherwise, I may have become depressed and that would not have been good for anyone, in my home.

I agree with Sapphire. Good comment!

~MeMe

Chelsey - posted on 12/15/2012

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It is whatever is best and works for you and your child. With my first I tried for 4 weeks. My daughter also screamed for 4 weeks. She wouldn't latch and when she finally would and the milk would let down she would almost immediately pop off and refuse to latch agan. Would finally get her to eat and she would throw it up. Four weeks of hell and I was starting to hate her and not want to touch her. I hated my husband and would cry all the time. Broke down and got bottles and formula and we were a different family. Started bonding and enjoying being a mom. In that case breast was not best for my child or myself.

Second baby was completely bottle fed. Had her 18 months after the first and all I could remember about my first being a newborn was almost hating her.

Third baby was breastfed exclusively for 9 months. He took to it like a champ. I neither loved nor hated it so it worked for us.

I don't let anyone's opinions on how I fed any of my children impact how I feel as a mother. Sometimes things work out and sometimes they don't

K. - posted on 12/14/2012

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Whatever works for you and your baby it's what's best for you and your baby.

Aleks - posted on 12/14/2012

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Lets not forget all the numerous health benefits from breastfeeding to the mothers as well.
:-)

Janice - posted on 12/10/2012

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If you can breastfeed, you should. Its the best nutritionally and is free. If you cant, oh well, but be informed about the formula you choose.

Aleks - posted on 12/10/2012

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Oh this again..... YAWN!!!!



Who cares just feed that kid when it needs feeding rather than letting it scream the town down while mummy pretends she can't hear and carries on shopping ;-P

Kathy - posted on 12/09/2012

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Well, as an extreme nursing nazi (good grief, Saphire, way to be inflammatory) let me add some facts from the World Health Organisation:



(just click on "read more about Breastfeeding" ):

http://www.who.int/features/factfiles/br...



I am not going to judge or shoot stones at women who bottle feed…they might have their own reason I know nothing about. Many of us did have formula and really did do ok. Formula is not Evil.



That being said, lets not pretend formula is as good as breastmilk, in terms of health benefits for mothers and babies. Beause it is not.

Celeste - posted on 12/08/2012

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I would say I'm a Lactivist (hoping to become an IBCLC one day) And I agree, nursing isn't the only way to bond. I'd even say that feeding isn't the only way to bond. And yes, there were MANY times I felt touched out, especially when my twins became toddlers.

Kathy - posted on 12/08/2012

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I love breastfeeding. I really do. I am a borderline lactivist…..



But I think the whole "bonding" thing with regards to nursing is a load of crap.



Yes, breastfeeding is a close activity (it has to be) but bottle feeding can be as well. As long as people do not prop the baby with a bottle while bottlefeeding, what difference does it make whether they suck on a real nipple or an artificial one?



I think both breastfeeding and bottle feeding can have pitfalls with regards to bonding.



bottle feeding: propping the baby with a bottle (anything other than occasionally - and probably more of an issue as the baby ages)



breastfeeding: feeling very "touched out." Some of this can be mitigated by understanding that a growth spurt or early infancy does not last forever; it can also be lessened when the baby is older by setting some boundaries. just because a nine month old wants to nurse every 1.5 hours does not mean you have to!

Lady Heather - posted on 12/07/2012

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If you bottlefeed like you breastfeed, there is no difference in bonding. I never propped a bottle. I cuddled both my daughters for feeding. And in fact with my first I had ZERO bond with her until I stopped trying to breastfeed.



Yes, breastfeeding is good time for bonding, but so is anything that gets you to stop and hold your baby and just enjoy.

Tracy - posted on 12/07/2012

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I think breastfeeding can be an awesome experience. I also think there is nothing wrong with (and a lot of other benefits to) bottle feeding. What I think is MOST harmful in the whole discussion is when we get the breastfeeding screamers - those who will tolerate NOTHING less than breastfeeding until a child eats real solids and whatnot. I think the whole debate has gotten out of control and oftentimes breastfeeding proponents are so rabid that they either instill guilt for not breastfeeding (even for those unable to do it, like me) or drive people away from breastfeeding. There are benefits both ways. And the whole IQ thing - that breastfed babies are smarter is complete bunk! The difference is something like 2 IQ points which is NOTHING. The thing many people don't understand about IQ is that education will improve IQ points - so just open a damned book once in a while and you'll break that perceived breastfeeding gap.

Momof1 - posted on 12/07/2012

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Breast if you can. At least while in the hospital or on maternity leave. Any amount is good for the baby.

Sally - posted on 12/07/2012

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It's a fact that human milk is what human babies were biologically designed to eat. It's a fact that formula is not. Adding a few synthetic vitamins does not magically make food by-products and chemical preservatives "just as good". That so few babies die of it is more a testament to the strength of human babies than to it's "quality" as a food source.

It's also a fact that you have to hold your mouth differently to nurse from a plastic nipple than from a human nipple and the plastic nipple helps to deform your jaw making orthodontia more likely to be needed.

The emotional component of it being much harder to "prop" a boob than a bottle and all the health benefits for mom and the family as a whole shouldn't be overlooked either.

Most moms who "cant" breastfeed later find out that they could have if they'd been given proper information and support. The sooner you get those for yourself (and the more determined you are to actually do it instead of just trying) the more likely you are to do it this time.

Good luck

Elfrieda - posted on 12/06/2012

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The bonding thing... I'm really missing out on something, I think! With my first I nursed him pretty successfully to 3 months, at which point issues with sleep deprivation, supply, failure to thrive, ppd guilt for being such a bad mother as to starve my baby, etc all set in and I went to formula. (and he's really smart, cute, bonded to me, etc, so I know that babies can thrive on formula)
With my daughter who is only 5 weeks old, we had more trouble at the beginning but I think it's all sorted now and I'm going to try to make it to a year before weaning. Not because I like breastfeeding. I think it's terribly boring, I get a sore bum from sitting so much, I can't play with my son, I can't go out without taking the baby with me, I hate pumping, and I don't know what people are talking about when they talk about bonding and eye contact. What eye contact? If I slouch way over and she squints her eyes to the side, we can make eye contact, but it's not really a thrilling time. I feel much more bonded when giving a bottle, because I can look her straight in the eye and also it goes faster so I don't get bored.

But... she gets terrible stomachaches from formula (as did my son) and breastmilk is healthier, so I'm doing it solely for her benefit. Hopefully it will get easier, they say it does. It's already better now that we're over her 3-week growth spurt. It is gratifying to see her get fat solely off my milk, but I'm a little traumatized from the first go-round, so I do love to see a fat baby and to think that it was ME who made her like that is very pleasing.

Update: Actually, now that she's 10 weeks, I'm there with the bonding thing. She does like to look into my eyes and now that it's every 2 or 3 hours instead of constantly, I do enjoy our feeding times. It's all much easier now.

Momma - posted on 12/06/2012

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I think breastfeeding is best (and it is a proven fact) BUT I KNOW it is not best for everyone. I would prefer someone use a bottle then become depressed or hurtful because they just can't do it. I have no problem with bottle feeders. I breastfed my daughter for 18 months but could only go 3 months with my son and had to switch to bottle. He did fine. Just as good as my girl did in all area's. I actually bonded better with my son. Simply because I was 12 years older and even though we had to switch to bottles, I cuddled him for every feeding. He did not get to run around nor did I leave him to feed himself.



I will be trying to breastfeed this little one coming for at least 6 months but we will see how it goes. I am also not willing to sacrifice my boobs until they fall off, so it all depends.



~MeMe

Dove - posted on 12/06/2012

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That's crazy (about the nursing at the school thing)! I nursed my youngest several times in the school cafeteria (or during a parent teacher conference) while watching a program that my older ones were in. I nursed him in just about every public place I was ever in for 2 years w/out so much as a single negative word from anyone.

Celeste - posted on 12/06/2012

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That's awesome! My area of TX isn't exactly breastfeeding friendly, but maybe one of these days it'll get there.. Fortunately, I never had any bad experiences, but a few of my friends have.



Uggh, that's terrible. I'll check it out.. Austin is more "crunchy" so I'm surprised that it's an issue!

Lady Heather - posted on 12/06/2012

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It's been nice breastfeeding where I live because there is zero criticism. I can whip out a boob anywhere and no one so much as takes a second glance. We are very lucky. All those nurse-ins are good for something.



I'm following a situation in Austin, Texas right now though. The bf mums there are being told by the school district that they can't breastfeed on school property unless they are in a lactation room. So if you are at a kids' concert or basketball game and the baby needs to eat you have to go to a special room and miss the event. BULLSHIT. http://keepaustinnip.blogspot.ca/ if anyone is interested.

Celeste - posted on 12/06/2012

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Ok good! People can be such jerks, especially when it comes to parenting. People can be such jerks. I swear, sometimes it can be a no win situation. You don't nurse, people criticize, you do nurse, and people criticize.

Lady Heather - posted on 12/06/2012

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I wasn't meaning to direct that at you. It just reminded me of the shit people said that I hated even though I know you weren't saying it like that. Ha.

Celeste - posted on 12/06/2012

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Oh Heather, I get that. I"m just saying for ME that I was able to get through the issues with the support. Trust me, I know that moms work so hard to get it to work but sometimes, formula is the better choice. Moms have to do what works best for them.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 12/06/2012

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I'll simply wait for the fireworks. This one's been OVERDONE... LOL

Lady Heather - posted on 12/06/2012

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See here's the kicker - my first time I had support up the wazoo and it still didn't happen. With my second my midwife ended up in the hospital with one of her twins who had a life threatening respiratory issue and my mum couldn't come and my husband was out of town and I can't drive so I couldn't get to the support groups. I had a La Leche League book and my own sound mind. Really shows you how much PPD can get in the way of shit. That's the other one people liked to say to me - oh, it's too bad you didn't get the support you needed. Actually, I did thanks. Unfortunately you can't snap your fingers and make yourself not depressed. And the baby wasn't going to just keep until I got that sorted out. I did attempt to re-lactate later on but it didn't work.



Sorry, this is a sore point with me. Obviously. haha.

Celeste - posted on 12/06/2012

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For me? I prefer breast.



My first daughter was combo fed, primarily due to lack of information. I thought she wasn't getting enough and I also thought I wasn't pumping enough.



My twin boys,I was more educated and I nursed them a lot longer than my first. I did have my share of problems, but fortunately, I had the support that I was able to work through them.

Dove - posted on 12/06/2012

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I have no issue whatsoever w/ anyone that formula feeds.... whether by necessity or choice. It is a perfectly acceptable food source for a baby. What I don't get is how anyone can say that it is as good or better than breast milk. Formula can NOT be equal to or better than breast milk. Even the formula companies trying to sell you the stuff will tell you that breast is best. ;)

Lady Heather - posted on 12/06/2012

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Formula feeders are pretty much railed on where I live. People assume that you don't have "the facts". If only you had "the facts" you would have tried harder. It's such bullshit.

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They were not convinced for some reason, saying " Don't go home and breastfeed while on this [morphine] patch, and then come in three days later and wonder why you have a dead baby". As confused as I was concerning my situation, I listened to their advice.

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Wow! I might have been inclined to sock the nurse a good one andblame it on PPD. (just kidding of course). You see this is why it is so hard for BOTH breast and bottle moms. It seems that both sides get lousy support. I wonder if that is based upon location. I mean, do more women breastfeed in New York vs California for example.

Jacinta - posted on 12/06/2012

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K.R. I couldn't agree more,my boys were fed by bottle from day 1 and they are two of the happiest smartest boys that are forever giggling rarely ill and always running around playing,They love all things car truck and plane related! Such boys lol.



I think that when it comes down to it,it doesn't affect the child.Theyre great so I don't believe anyone that try's to feed me this crap about how not breast feeding lowers their immune systems or what ever!



If I have to breast feed rocco,I won't be dissapointed or worried that he isn't getting the best.I its best for me it's best for the child it's a mothers choice in my opinion,I'd only be a bit upset that I missed out on bonding yet again but I've bonded with my boys any way as every mother does so I'm sure I will with rocco even if I can't.



I hate it when people try to pin the whole " your depriving your children of the best" crap on us bottle feeding mothers because it was the best we thought we could offer and it certainly has not negatively affected my kids at all!

K. - posted on 12/06/2012

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Props to Lady Heather, and all of you were were able to bf for ANY period of time.



My pregnancy with my eldest daugher was uneventful. Went into labor, got the epidural, yada yada yada. It wasn't until a few hours into actice labor when I finally asked the nurses if I should still be in such an exorbiant amount of pain. They administered the epidural again, but although I was new to such things I was able to tell they were doing it wrong.



Well I had my daugher, a beautiful 8 lbs. 5 oz. 24"in. healthy baby. Just as tall as she was skinny. But the joy in seeing her was unfortunately surpassed by the pain in my head. It was unbearable. I couldn't so much as use a pillow to lie on. I had to remain completely flat, because spinal fluid was leaking through a puncture hole in the membrane that surrounds the spinal fluid. It was terrible.



I was given a 14 day morphine patch. The nurses came in one after the other stressing the importance that I "under no circumstances would attempt tp breastfeed" my daughter. I was still young at the time, only 22. Breastfeeding was not something that I was familiar with, nor something I planned to do. I reassured the nurses that I planned to bottle feed. They were not convinced for some reason, saying " Don't go home and breastfeed while on this [morphine] patch, and then come in three days later and wonder why you have a dead baby". As confused as I was concerning my situation, I listened to their advice.



Now more than 7 years later, I have a wonderful, beautiful daughter, who was fed nothing but Enfamil. She is one of the smartest, not just in her class, but in all the first grade. She loves to ice skate, and cooking is most definitely her passion. I'm 29 years old and I can't begin to create the things that this child has in the kitchen. Boobs are great, but so is formula. And when puch comes to shove, you're not going to be able to tell the difference between the breastfed chold nad the formula fed child. But good luck and best wishes to everyone. =)

Lady Heather - posted on 12/05/2012

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Whatever keeps you sane. LOL. My first had horrible feeding issues and it just didn't work out for us. I started going batshit insane. That's my euphemism for "I hated myself so much for being an inadequate mother that I was pondering ways to off myself so my husband could marry a better mom". Good thing I can look back on that and laugh.



Anyways, with the second we had what I think were more normal challenges with fixing a bad latch and such. We worked through that and she has been breastfeeding for almost 14 months now.



The funny thing is that I got one who WOULD NOT breastfeed and I got one who WOULD NOT bottlefeed. Emphasis on the WOULD NOT. There was no giving a bottle to this kid. We tried and tried and tried. Nada. She is a boob girl. But honestly, I hate pumping and I hate dealing with bottles so I wasn't all that sad.

Dove - posted on 12/05/2012

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*'m not sure why all women, who are able to breastfeed, don't do both



Because I didn't want to pump or deal w/ bottles. Straight from the tap was so much easier for me. ;)

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I think it's not ourdecision what to do when feeding your child as long as you are indeed feeding the child. I have no doubt you will be hit with strong feelings from some posters but that is because they really really encourage breastfeeding. I say whatever is best for you is best for your baby.

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I breast feed because honestly formula is way to expensive. Our landlord was saying they spend $30 a week in formula while renting a pump from the hospital is only $45 a month and that fit better in our budget. I know breast is best and all but if someone doesn't want to I'm not going to judge it's their choice after all.

Julie - posted on 12/05/2012

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BOTH! Best thing I ever did was have my boys able to feed from either breast or bottle. Daddy was able to enjoy a feeding (while I got some shut-eye), grammie could sit for a quick date night dinner, without any problem....driving in the car, no need to stop, or shove a boob in his mouth! I'd pump and freeze and take it to go. I'm not sure why all women, who are able to breastfeed, don't do both :D

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Of course breast is best. I breast fed our son but had to supplement with formula as well. I'm pregnant with our 2nd and plan to breast feed again, hopefully without having to supplement. I didn’t feel bad about having to supplement with our son, him being healthy and well fed was what was important to us.

Jacinta - posted on 12/05/2012

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Thank you little miss I agree :) and Kelsey I'm 26 and my two sons Kaden and Kyver are 2 years old :)

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