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Why or why not?
Lets keep it civil shall we
going to try yes.
I had a hard time with ds as he was a preemie, we were seperated at birth, I was very sick, he had issues just trying to drink from a bottle. I tried through week 8 and went to formula. I only pumped maybe an oz at a time and could not keep up with what he needed. It sucked and I hated quitting.
I hope it comes very naturally for me this time! I would love to be able to experience the joys of BFing and not just the frustrations!
I did last time. Took us 7 weeks with appts at the lactation counselor, but we stuck with it and finally got all the kinks worked out. BF'd LO for 9 months.
I plan to again.
yes. i think there's a lot that goes into bfing, but at the end of the day it's a main priority for me. i do remember days where i felt like all i did was nurse DD, but at the end of the day it was very worth it to nurse for 14 months.
barring any major complications, i'll be bfing this one as well.
Absolutely going to try! I only was able to for 3 wks with DD.
The first weeks are sooooo good for baby bc it provides the baby with all kinds of antibodies and helps build there immune system. Its good for mama bc it lowers risk of breast cancer, helps contract uterus, and helps get the extra baby weight off
Yep. Not only is it best for baby, but our life will be so crazy those first few months with moving back here/ LO's passport issues/ DH being in and out that I can't imagine having to deal with formula and all that running around. Seems way easier to just have LO's "food" on hand at all times w/o worrying if I bring enough along or where to refrigerate it.
I could be totally kidding myself that it will be easier, but it seems to make sense to me.
Yes. I did with DD for 13 months, and hope to be able to do so with this one. It's not a walk in the park, but after the first couple months it was second nature.
I am. I didn't get to with my son since he was in the NICU for the first month after he was born. I did get to with my daughter and will nurse again when this baby comes.
I really loved the connection I had to my baby when I breastfed. The bonding was wonderful and I loved the time for just she and I.
I am going to try.
DS was a preemie so I EPed for 10 months. If BFing doesn't work out then I am going to EP again. I know I can make enough milk to feed a small army when I am EPing so one way or another this baby is going to get breast milk.
Yes. I bf my dd and I will definitely be doing it again for this little one. I really enjoyed doing it and am looking forward to doing it again.
With my first, bfing was my greatest fear- even more than labor. It takes a little practice, but once we left the hospital, she was eating like a champ :)
I truly believe we bonded during this time and I am so proud of myself for sticking with it and not giving up.
GL to all of you going to bf.
cbm3228:I'm going to try- my mom had problems and couldn't BF, so who knows if that is genetic. But if I can't- I'm ok with not doing it (at this point- that could change)
Same here. My mom couldn't with me or my siblings. I hope that's not genetic because I'd really like to. We'll see what happens.
JustOne:Our plan is to pump, and bottle feed. That way DH can help with the feedings early on. We both feel that it is the best of both worlds, the baby gets the nutrients and immunities that they need, and we are not tied to just me being able to deal with feedings. And if we are bottle feeding only, Baby will not have nipple confusion from going back and forth.
The only problem with this is that you still have to pump when your DH feeds the baby a bottle or a. your boobs will explode and b. it will hurt your supply. It's kind of complicated like that. Although, I too hope to find some way to make it work this time!
Yup. Still BFing DS. It's been fabulous - so much cheaper, incredibly portable, always on hand (well, for me - DH must fend for himself when it comes to baby calming), healthier for baby & me, etc. The only thing I'm not really looking forward to is pumping again, but still well worth that slight annoyance.
For pp who mentioned her mom having problems - my mom had supply issues, but that was never a problem for us. GL!
Definitely, god willing. I hope I have no problems. I will probably also pump and have bottles on hand so DH or a babysitter can feed baby too, although I don't know whether switching back and forth from breast to bottle is ok.
bfp#1 6/28/2010 edd 3/8/2011 dd born 3/16/2011
bfp#2 7/23/2013 edd 4/1/2014 m/mc 9/29/2013 @ 13w5d
bfp#3 12/6/2013 edd 8/14/2014 cp 12/10/2013 @ 4w5d
I plan on it and did it until almost 15 mo. with DS. Not always the easiest, but I think in the long run it was easier than bottles.
I give major props to those moms that exclusively pump though b/c that's a ton of work (pumping, cleaning bottles, feeding baby, rinse/repeat,etc.)
I'm going to give it another shot.
I had to use a nipple shield with DS (I apparently have the World's shortest nipples) and it was a nightmare. BFing was never 'easy' for us ... he never latched without the shield and by the time I got to 5 weeks I was stressed out of my mind.
I enjoyed the bonding at 4pm in the afternoon, while sitting on the couch and chatting with friends. I did NOT enjoy the 'bonding' at 4am with a kid who couldn't get latched on, and then once he did, wanted to STAY latched for 4 hours. I just couldn't do it.
However, he was early (37.5 weeks) and my LC that can cause issues with latching a lot of times. So, maybe this time will be different :)
I realize it may not work out, but I want to think positively about it.
ETA my why: I believe it's healthier for the baby. It's cheaper and I don't see why not.
Yes....I plan on BF'ing again. I BF DD until 11 months. Hopefully longer this time because I won't be working this time around.
I just skimmed the other posts so I apologize if this has already been said. Most everyone know the benefits of breastfeeding. But I think it's important that first time breastfeeders also know the challenges. It can be very hard, especially the first few weeks. Just don't plan on it being a piece of cake and I think you will be better prepared. I also found the classes that my hospital offered VERY helpful. If there's a lactation consultant there you find yourself not "clicking" with then ask if there is another there that can help. Good Luck everyone :-)