Breastfeeding

No difference in breastfeeding?

So today one of my coworkers (who had a baby a few DAYS after I did) said she doesn't understand the difference in FF or BF, she said either way you're feeding them and BF is harder because you have to pump.

While I see no problem in formula feeding I will go the extra mile so that my child can have what is I beleive is best for them. There is nothing wrong with formula, but breast is best if you are able to. Even if it's only for a few weeks or months...

Not to mention formula is damn expensive!!!

What do you ladies think? Being physically capable to BF would you simply choose not to for convenience?

Re: No difference in breastfeeding?

  • If I can feed my daughter with custom milk from my body and I choose not to, I would feel selfish. 
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  • I agree with you. I would never choose formula just for convenience sake. Honestly, and I may get flamed for this, but I think people that make that choice are selfish. I completely understand and am fully sympathetic to mothers that are unable to breastfeed and would never criticize anyone who couldn't. But I do think that if you're able, you should, even if just for a few weeks or months. IMHO

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    If I can feed my daughter with custom milk from my body and I choose not to, I would feel selfish. 

     

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    I agree with you. I would never choose formula just for convenience sake. Honestly, and I may get flamed for this, but I think people that make that choice are selfish. I completely understand and am fully sympathetic to mothers that are unable to breastfeed and would never criticize anyone who couldn't. But I do think that if you're able, you should, even if just for a few weeks or months. IMHO

    I will go a step farther and say that I believe that almost all women "that are unable to breastfeed" are able to breastfeed, but are unwilling/not educated enough to do what has to be done to make it sucessful.  Breastfeeding is hard, one of the hardest things I have ever done.  It's is also the most rewarding thing I have ever done. I have a hard time understanding why any woman wouldn't at least try or at the very bare minimum give their baby colostrum.

    I see women on the bump (and in real life) day in and day out that put more effort into researching what type of stroller or crib to buy, than they do on how to feed their baby.  I try not to, but I judge.

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  • I try hard not to judge the women who are not breastfeeding harshly.

    I do judge our "formula feeding is normal" society

    I judge our lack of quality information and education about breastfeeding--not only it's benefits but  breastfeeding women get such BAD advice (here, on the internet, at the dr's office and even sometimes at the LC's office)

    things like cow's milk protein intolerance , oversupply, scheduled feeding problems,

     

    the horrible expectations people are set up with that you only have to feed a newborn every 2-3 hours and then they'll magically sleep

     

    or that if baby is cranky in any possible way, it must be something wrong with the breastmilk or the breastfeeding--not that baby is just fussy, cranky or gassy because they are a baby with an immature digestive tract and unable to fully understand their environments.

     

     

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  • Everyone's going to have their own opinion about the pros and cons of FF vs. BF and if it's selfish to FF, etc.  You could debate that with someone until the cows come home.

    But the simple fact that they are different...that to me is undeniable.  Whatever your feelings about what's right for you and your baby, to say there's no difference between the two is flat out incorrect.  Breast milk is a completely different substance and the method of "delivery" is completely different as well.

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  • I dunno why she's saying it's harder because you "have to pump" - that's not entirely true.  Granted a lot of women choose to pump, but, you can BF your kid without pumping ever.  

    Besides, formula prep takes forever.  Whipping out your boob takes 2 seconds! 

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    I agree with you. I would never choose formula just for convenience sake. Honestly, and I may get flamed for this, but I think people that make that choice are selfish. I completely understand and am fully sympathetic to mothers that are unable to breastfeed and would never criticize anyone who couldn't. But I do think that if you're able, you should, even if just for a few weeks or months. IMHO

    I will go a step farther and say that I believe that almost all women "that are unable to breastfeed" are able to breastfeed, but are unwilling/not educated enough to do what has to be done to make it sucessful.  Breastfeeding is hard, one of the hardest things I have ever done.  It's is also the most rewarding thing I have ever done. I have a hard time understanding why any woman wouldn't at least try or at the very bare minimum give their baby colostrum.

    I see women on the bump (and in real life) day in and day out that put more effort into researching what type of stroller or crib to buy, than they do on how to feed their baby.  I try not to, but I judge.

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    image jlslaugh:

    I agree with you. I would never choose formula just for convenience sake. Honestly, and I may get flamed for this, but I think people that make that choice are selfish. I completely understand and am fully sympathetic to mothers that are unable to breastfeed and would never criticize anyone who couldn't. But I do think that if you're able, you should, even if just for a few weeks or months. IMHO

    I will go a step farther and say that I believe that almost all women "that are unable to breastfeed" are able to breastfeed, but are unwilling/not educated enough to do what has to be done to make it sucessful.  Breastfeeding is hard, one of the hardest things I have ever done.  It's is also the most rewarding thing I have ever done. I have a hard time understanding why any woman wouldn't at least try or at the very bare minimum give their baby colostrum.

    I see women on the bump (and in real life) day in and day out that put more effort into researching what type of stroller or crib to buy, than they do on how to feed their baby.  I try not to, but I judge.

     

    <3 This, and I TOTALLY agree.  I know too many people who just gave it up because 'it was too time consuming'.   I think it's amazing selfish to just quit.  If you can't it's not your fault, but our society is so lazy that it's become unacceptable to breastfeed your child.  I love breastfeeding in public while educating others, with a cover of course for those bashful's sake, haha.

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    image jlslaugh:

    I agree with you. I would never choose formula just for convenience sake. Honestly, and I may get flamed for this, but I think people that make that choice are selfish. I completely understand and am fully sympathetic to mothers that are unable to breastfeed and would never criticize anyone who couldn't. But I do think that if you're able, you should, even if just for a few weeks or months. IMHO

    I will go a step farther and say that I believe that almost all women "that are unable to breastfeed" are able to breastfeed, but are unwilling/not educated enough to do what has to be done to make it sucessful.  Breastfeeding is hard, one of the hardest things I have ever done.  It's is also the most rewarding thing I have ever done. I have a hard time understanding why any woman wouldn't at least try or at the very bare minimum give their baby colostrum.

    I see women on the bump (and in real life) day in and day out that put more effort into researching what type of stroller or crib to buy, than they do on how to feed their baby.  I try not to, but I judge.

    Bev, I totally agree with you. Infact, I had just blogged on this. BFing was really really hard for me. But now that I have gotten past how hard it was, I can't imagine not doing it.

  • If I would have chose not to for convenience sake, I would not have lasted this long whatsoever. It's been a battle for us since the beginning. But here I am at 5 months still BF (although not exclusively) and doing the best I can for my LO. I get very emotional over not being able to produce enough, him starting to reject my breasts, etc. I just want what's best for him. EDIT: And I have to add that I get jealous, somewhat resentful at times, over women who are completely able to breastfeed, have oversupply, etc. but chose not to. I really wish that someone like me, who has had so many problems, would have gotten those boobs. :-( I've been having a bad week!!!!!!
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    image jlslaugh:

    I agree with you. I would never choose formula just for convenience sake. Honestly, and I may get flamed for this, but I think people that make that choice are selfish. I completely understand and am fully sympathetic to mothers that are unable to breastfeed and would never criticize anyone who couldn't. But I do think that if you're able, you should, even if just for a few weeks or months. IMHO

    I will go a step farther and say that I believe that almost all women "that are unable to breastfeed" are able to breastfeed, but are unwilling/not educated enough to do what has to be done to make it sucessful.  Breastfeeding is hard, one of the hardest things I have ever done.  It's is also the most rewarding thing I have ever done. I have a hard time understanding why any woman wouldn't at least try or at the very bare minimum give their baby colostrum.

    I see women on the bump (and in real life) day in and day out that put more effort into researching what type of stroller or crib to buy, than they do on how to feed their baby.  I try not to, but I judge.

    Agree.

  • I breastfeed and supplement w/formula because of supply issues; I'd give anything to breastfeed/pump exclusively and am always looking for ways to increase my supply but no judgments here either way

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