i breastfeed and have with both kids. why? this is why- http://www.promom.org/101
I bottle-feed. I tried BFong when Ryan was first born, but it hurt and he had a bad latch, I got clogged milk ducts ((cant think of what its called)) and thrush and I wanted my body back, so I started formula/bottle feeding. For a while tho, I did pump.
bf exculsively till 4 months, now bf a little bit, ff and solids.
Breastfed exclusively for around 6 months. Breastfed with Little to no solids until she was around 14 months. Now she's still breastfeeding at 20 months but eats well too.
i bottle-fed. i tried breastfeeding, but had the most terrible time and i really didn't get support from nurses or my family to do it... if i ever have another kid i will breastfeed.
I plan on trying breastfeeding, but im more leaning to formula feeding... my reason just wanna formula feed rather then breast feed..
Breastfed. 18 months and still going strong.
Why? I took one look at him and I wanted to breastfeed him. Like I didn't consider there was any other choice.
I tried breastfeeding at first, but I have inverted nipples and had a tough time getting Jayden to latch on. It was extremely painful, my nipples cracked and bled and so I gave up. Tried to pump for a bit and that last about a week. The hospital nurses weren't any help at all and my mom had never breast fed so I didn't have much support.
14 months. It wasn't even a choice for me. It was like asking me why eat with your mouth? Why not use this handy iv for nutrition?
I breastfed my first daughter for eighteen months. I didn't know anything about extended breastfeeding, and in my town if you breastfed a baby you kept it hidden, nevermind a toddler. So because of the lack of support I weaned her.
I breastfed Jacob for six months. Long story short, I was tired of not knowing whether or not my kids would be able to eat because my husband couldn't keep a job, and he talked me into joining the army when Jacob was little. So I weaned, starved myself to meet the weight requirements, went to bootcamp, developed postpartum depression, came home and couldn't relactate. This was one of my biggest mommy goof-ups in the history of all of my mommyhood. I did nurse him for comfort, even though he never got enough out of them to do anything. But I wanted to at least give him the closeness.
I'm currently breastfeeding Willow, and its going great. I fully plan on letting her nurse as long as she wants. If she doesn't want to wean until she's 3,4,5 or older then that's fine by me. She's my last child (had my tubes tied) and I fully plan on enjoying it.
Honestly, I've never fixed a bottle of formula in my life. When Jacob had bottles his dad fixed them, because I couldn't stand to touch the stuff. When Willow has a bottle when I'm out, her grandma fixes it.
I breastfed for about 3 months, but I wasn't producing enough to satisfy Aria AND pump, so I gave up. She was FF until she was a year old and now at 20 months just eats/drinks what I eat/drink. With my next baby, I plan on breastfeeding and not giving up this time.
I breastfed Jaiden until she was 16 1/2 months (I stopped because I was pregnant with Emma, and didnt want to go from nursing one baby to another.. my poor boobies needed a break! :oops: :D ) I am now currently breastfeeding Emma (shes almost 6 months) and still going strong.
i just realized i forgot to put why i breast feed.
I have a lot of reasons for why i breast feed.
1.Its good for him
2.Its good for me, helps lose post pardom weight
3.Cheap- no scratch that- free
4.I enjoy it and so does he
I dont breastfeed as much as i like to because i have a very tight schedule and it sucks. If i could go back and do it all again, i would breastfeed exclusively as long as possible.
so happy to see so many booby-fed babies out here :wink:
I got me one booby-lovin' boy. almost seven months and going. I knew that I was breastfed, and it just seemed the logical thing to do. I was always really struck by how awesome it is that a woman just naturally produces the best food out there--had to take advantage of that.
But it was fucking hard to get started, that's for sure.
I formula fed Rylee. I wanted to bf, but I didn't have mcuh help/ support from the nurses at the hospital :cry: , so I just started giving her a bottle.
ff.. after four weeks of trying with no help... that is why even as a ff, i try to get the word out and help others who are stuggling...
I formula-fed and will formula-feed any future infants I have. I have zero desire to breastfeed.
Breast both times and I intend to breastfeed this one too.
Reasons why -
Best for baby
Easier (specially in night feeds!)
Builds a bigger bond between baby and mum
Reduces the risk of breast cancer (mother)
Helps fight loads of infections (baby)
I breastfed my oldest for only a few weeks. I was unable to get the positioning right. No help from midwife :( My 2nd baby I bf for almost 9 months.
There needs to be a lot more done about breastfeeding. It's completly natural, but yet there are still people who will sl*g you off for it.
Zeke was a total boobymonster, and I'm hoping that Xanthe will be the same way.
Zeke fed until I was pregnant again, and quit because apparently my milk started tasting funny, so he just kinda stopped.
I nurse because it's free, it lowers my cancer risk, and because I'm lazy... once you have worked out latching and positions and stuff, it's much easier to latch a sprog on then it is to deal with bottles.
I breastfed for almost a month.. the last two weeks were mostly pumping. The lack of support I had.. and the feeling that I was "alone in it" really got me depressed, so I started supplementing.. and really, once you start doing that, it all goes downhill. So now she's FF.
I honestly hope that when/if I have another child, I stick with it much longer.
I breastfeed for several reasons. For one, I believe and have read that it's healthier for baby, and for two that is a guaranteed time that I have with abran, and that's my bonding time, and no one can take that away from me. It did hurt a little at first, but over time my nipples toughened up and i'm use to it now. But we do supplement with a bottle when we are out sometimes and sometimes i will breastfeed in public.
with Ariana i formula fed for a few reasons. first off i had gotten CMV during my pregnancy with her and thinking that drs knew everything and what they told you was as good as gold i didnt breastfeed because they said that i could potential infect her with CMV if she wasnt born with it. and seeing as the side effects of CMV were really bad i chose not too. Then two months after she was born i got diagnosed with cancer so there was no way i could have bf due to chemo.
with Peyton i was dead set on breastfeeding. in a way i felt as if i had missed out on the whole bonding thing because when Ari was young i was so sick. and i knew that this was the best thing for my baby. we had a horrible rocky start but now we are at five months and still going strong. i do plan to breastfeed my future kids too :)
I chose to breastfeed my baby. I'm still breastfeeding my little girl tiana now at 6 and 1/2 months and plan to keep on until around 9-12 months. Even though it was really hard at the start, I still persevered with all the pain of having a bad latcher, being engorged( which led to low milk supply after which my baby built back up again), cracked and bleeding nipples and Mastitis. And it was definately all worth it in the end(the pain doesn't last forever). I feel for the mothers who find it physically impossible to breast feed, but if you actually can do it then why not? I mean what have you got to loose. I'd just rather use my milk instead of letting it go to waste. Its far better than having to get up and make a bottle, sterilising buying formular...its so much cheaper and easier to breastfeed. Most of all you get the best bond ever with your baby, one that no one else can experience except for yourself, your baby only gives you the 'I want boobie' look. Where as with the bottle, who ever has the bottle, is the person the baby favors. Its such a nice feeling to breastfeed. It is only 6 to whenever months of your child's life, which is not long to sacrifice at all.
I also didn't get any help with breast feeding, but still managed everything. This was because my mother formular fed me and my partners mother formular fed her children. And because I was young none of the nurses really paid much attention to me. So I guess different ppl have different outcomes.
I'm still breastfeeding my little girl tiana now at 6 and 1/2 months and plan to keep on until around 9-12 months.
Just an FYI: If you wean before 12 months you will have to give your child formula as they still need it until then (according to the AAP, the WHO says 2 years minimum for breastfeeding/formula.)
I had a hard time too so I totally get where you're coming from!!! I love the whole bonding thing as well :)
where im frm we're allowed to give our babys diluted cows milk at 9 months, well thats what plunket told me, and I had normal cows milk when I was weaned off at 9 months and im fine
The AAP and the WHO have stated that is not safe for the infant to be weaned at 9 months from breastmilk and/or formula.
The AAP says 12 months as a minimum:http://www.aap.org/advocacy/releases/feb05breastfeeding.htm
Exclusive breastfeeding for approximately the first six months and support for breastfeeding for the first year and beyond as long as mutually desired by mother and child.
A 9 month old cannot digest cow's milk- it simply isn't made for him/her. It can cause intestinal bleeding and a host of other problems. A baby needs to be breastfeed or formula fed for at least 12 months.
I can't navigate the WHO's website very well. Does someone else have links?
well i personally think thats a load of bullsh*t. I know plenty of mums who give their babies digested cows milk at 9 months. I'm gunna do it because I've been told by plunket, and mothers twice my age that have said that they gave their babies digested cows milk and they are healthy and normal.
My daughter was given cows milk at 9 month old. I wasn't gonna spend all that money on a tin of milk when cows milk does just as good, if not better.
My son was having cows milk by the time he was 9 month old too.