3rd Trimester

Bottle or Breast & Why?

NO JUDGEMENT I was just curious as to if you are breast feeding or bottle (FF) feeding and what made you choose to do either?

I BF my 1st and plan on BF this one since my boobies are beyond the point of no return haha j/k. I am BF for the obviouse health benefits to me and baby.

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  • With #1: I wanted to breastfeed for the obvious benefits to baby, as well as benefits to me (pratical reasons like it's FREE, health reasons like lower risk of breast cancer, burns calories so weight loss is easier, etc).  I had horribly low milk supply, however, and had to settle for doing both breast and bottle, which did work out well in the end.

    I really gave it my ALL to make what little breastfeeding I was capable of work, and I am proud of that, but to be honest...with #2 if I have the same problem, I know I won't be giving as much effort as I did the first time.  With a two year old, it simply won't be possible without causing a nervous breakdown.
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  • I am a FTM....so this is dependent on whether I produce enought milk or not...but I will probably do both. BF because of possible health benefits to me and the baby, with the added plus of helping me lose the baby weight. However, I am planning on utilizing the bottle (whether it be pumping or formula) when we're out in public, as I would rather not not BF in public.
  • In this context, I'm guessing that by bottle feeding you mean FF?

    BF.  Because it's the default choice and I haven't had any problems that were enough for me to give it up.

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  • I BF'd last time.  While I had zero problems, in the end, BFing was worse for my LO.  She had a milk protein allergy and we endured 18 weeks of pure hell (aka colic). After we switched to a specialty formula, she suffered constant ear infections until 6 months and 1 week when we got tubes.  The first 6 months were really really really rough to say the least.

    Looking back, I am glad I BF'd and was sad to stop.  I will try again this time but I know the signs to look for and will not put myself, my family, or my child through another 6 months like that again. 

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  • I BF'd DS and will BF this one too. I wanted to try it. No one I knew BF'd (except SIL EP'd). I did it b/c obviously there are a lot of benefits to LO, it's cheaper, and it helped me loose weight quick :)... but it was the HARDEST thing I ever did! I stuck with it through all the hard times and tears. After 3 or 4 months, it was "easy" and I ended up BFing for a year! I was SO PROUD of myself. So I hope to do the same this time, even though I'm nervous about being able to devote all that time to nursing DS2 when I have a toddler running around!
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    I BF'd last time.  While I had zero problems, in the end, BFing was worse for my LO.  She had a milk protein allergy and we endured 18 weeks of pure hell (aka colic). After we switched to a specialty formula, she suffered constant ear infections until 6 months and 1 week when we got tubes.  The first 6 months were really really really rough to say the least.

    Looking back, I am glad I BF'd and was sad to stop.  I will try again this time but I know the signs to look for and will not put myself, my family, or my child through another 6 months like that again. 

    A close friend of mine is having the same problem now with the baby rejecting her breast milk. Poor little dear just can't keep it down so she has switched to Nestle Good Start (after trying Enfamil which gave LO some pretty wicked gas).

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  • breastfeed. Because it's natural, it's what my body is designed to do and what my baby is designed to eat, has proven health benefits for mom and baby alike, it's free, environmentally friendly, aids in weight loss...

    I breastfed my son for 18 months. I'll probably aim for about the same this time around (although my goal with my son was only one year. Once we got to that point, though, I didn't see any reason to quit).

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    I BF'd DS and will BF this one too. I wanted to try it. No one I knew BF'd (except SIL EP'd). I did it b/c obviously there are a lot of benefits to LO, it's cheaper, and it helped me loose weight quick :)... but it was the HARDEST thing I ever did! I stuck with it through all the hard times and tears. After 3 or 4 months, it was "easy" and I ended up BFing for a year! I was SO PROUD of myself. So I hope to do the same this time, even though I'm nervous about being able to devote all that time to nursing DS2 when I have a toddler running around!

    I wanted to add... it was a great bonding experience with DS. I never thought I'd be all gung-ho BFing, but it was so nice and special. I miss it sometimes :)

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  • I will try again to BF, however, my body produced NO milk when I had DS1.  As I am getting closer to my due date, I can't help but notice that I have had NO leakage or breast growth this pregnancy.  I worry that it means something.
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    breastfeed. Because it's natural, it's what my body is designed to do and what my baby is designed to eat, has proven health benefits for mom and baby alike, it's free, environmentally friendly, aids in weight loss...


    I agree with all of this.  

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    I will try again to BF, however, my body produced NO milk when I had DS1.  As I am getting closer to my due date, I can't help but notice that I have had NO leakage or breast growth this pregnancy.  I worry that it means something.

    I never leaked with last pregnancy (and haven't with this pregnancy) and I BF'd for a year. Leaking/not leaking during pregnancy has nothing to do with it... GL this time! 

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  • I am probably the only one but FTM and planning on FF. BF totally grosses me out, I mean actually turns my stomach. Might be selfish but I know LO will feel the negative emotions I have.
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  • This is my first, and if all goes well I plan on BF. Our reasons are most importantly the health benefits, but also for bonding, and cost.
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  • I'm BF even though I may have to pump. It's important to me to at least make it until after our baby's surgery. Nobody in my family FFs, so BF is the norm for me.
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    I am probably the only one but FTM and planning on FF. BF totally grosses me out, I mean actually turns my stomach. Might be selfish but I know LO will feel the negative emotions I have.


    That last line is why I won't be as hard on myself this time to try everything under the sun, if I have the same major supply issue.  Yeah, it was great that I was able to do it in the end, but I had a huge difficulty bonding with my baby because I was an emotional wreck, and I can't help but think she picked up on that.
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  • BF. Other then the benefits to the babies, I can't imagine paying for formula for two babies at once! Financially I'm really, really hoping that breastfeeding works out. 
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    BF. Other then the benefits to the babies, I can't imagine paying for formula for two babies at once! Financially I'm really, really hoping that breastfeeding works out. 


    Ulgh, paying for one sucks enough!  Especially when the "free stuff" is superior :)

    And it's worse if your baby needs a specific type of formula that is only made by expensive brands...thankfully we didn't end up in that situation.

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  • I tried BF with my first but she was on a feeding tube for 6 weeks so when she switched off she wouldn't latch on no matter what we tried but I pumped and bottle fed her the breatsmilk until going back to work then unfortunately I couldn't pump anymore with my job (I am in the military and work as a police officer so I can't take breaks to go pump when I needed to and couldn't stand the pain when my breasts were full of milk with my second chance vest on).  For this little one I plan on at least BF for the time I'm on maternity leave and going to try again at work for as long as possible.  I friend also suggested pumping fulltime and bottle feeding baby with breast milk where I may be able to pump less often...fingers crossed it works and I can BF (via nipple or bottle) for as long as possible.

  • I would like to BF, but it sort of depends on how things go.  I might need to supplement with formula.  I have narcolepsy and I will need to be on medications to be functional and I might need to dispose of some breast milk due to that.  I want to breastfeed for at least the first few weeks, but once I return to work I will need meds.  I am hoping to also establish a pumping schedule where I can freeze some for later use.  I might do more pumping than actual breastfeeding.  Or maybe not!  As a FTM I don't really know what will work out best for us.  As much as I would like to commit to EBF I'm not sure if that is the healthiest choice for us.  I have to consider what is going to keep my healthy and able to best care for my child overall even if that means making some hard choices with things like this.
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  • Planning on breast feeding along with pumping (so daddy can sometimes feed the baby too) for the first 6 months at least, or as long as is feasible. I'm aware that there can be difficulties, so I'm prepping myself to not be too upset if it doesn't work out. I had a friend who was suuuper into breast feeding before she had her baby and had all sorts of issues and blamed herself when she couldn't continue and it sent her into a depression spiral. I refuse to go there. 

    Reasons are the same as stated above. Better for the baby, better for the budget, and good for burning calories. In that order of priority. 

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  • Breast again because it's so easy and cheap and good for the baby!  I LOVED it the first time and am actually looking forward to doing it again :-)
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    I am a FTM....so this is dependent on whether I produce enought milk or not...but I will probably do both. BF because of possible health benefits to me and the baby, with the added plus of helping me lose the baby weight. However, I am planning on utilizing the bottle (whether it be pumping or formula) when we're out in public, as I would rather not not BF in public.

    The researched health benefits of breastfeeding are dependent on exclusively breastfeeding.  As a CLC I just thought I would mention that if the health benefits are REALLY important to you then you would need to exclusively breastfeed.  Some people feel that their baby will at least be better off getting at least some breastmilk, but there aren't studies to back this up...because there is no easy way to document the health benefits when so many people are using different ratios of breastmilk to formula.  For example...breastmilk can lower the incidence of Type 1 diabetes and childhood cancers, but breastmilk and formula both being fed does not have any documented decreased incidence of diabetes or cancer.  If breastfeeding in public is an issue for you, then you could always pump and bottle feed.

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    Planning on breast feeding along with pumping (so daddy can sometimes feed the baby too) for the first 6 months at least, or as long as is feasible. I'm aware that there can be difficulties, so I'm prepping myself to not be too upset if it doesn't work out. I had a friend who was suuuper into breast feeding before she had her baby and had all sorts of issues and blamed herself when she couldn't continue and it sent her into a depression spiral. I refuse to go there. 

    Reasons are the same as stated above. Better for the baby, better for the budget, and good for burning calories. In that order of priority. 



    I can relate to your friend!  I cried so much, over something I had no control over!

    My new manta is this: breastmilk may be best for baby, but breastFEEDING isn't always best for every family.

    Like in my case, if you produce almost none.  Or if you have to take a medication that is unsafe for baby when passed through breastmilk.  Or if you are so stressed that it's contributing to post-partum depression, or interfering with your bond to your baby.

    I am very pro-breastfeeding, but I do find we are too hard on ourselves, not to mention each other, when problems arise.
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    I am a FTM....so this is dependent on whether I produce enought milk or not...but I will probably do both. BF because of possible health benefits to me and the baby, with the added plus of helping me lose the baby weight. However, I am planning on utilizing the bottle (whether it be pumping or formula) when we're out in public, as I would rather not not BF in public.

    The researched health benefits of breastfeeding are dependent on exclusively breastfeeding.  As a CLC I just thought I would mention that if the health benefits are REALLY important to you then you would need to exclusively breastfeed.  Some people feel that their baby will at least be better off getting at least some breastmilk, but there aren't studies to back this up...because there is no easy way to document the health benefits when so many people are using different ratios of breastmilk to formula.  For example...breastmilk can lower the incidence of Type 1 diabetes and childhood cancers, but breastmilk and formula both being fed does not have any documented decreased incidence of diabetes or cancer.  If breastfeeding in public is an issue for you, then you could always pump and bottle feed.


    Gee, thanks for that, now I have absolutely no motivation to even try if I have supply issues!

    I know I'm not a professional, but I find that hard to believe - that there is NO benefit to partially breastfeedin.  Every health professional I have talked to has said that "some is better than none".  Are there not huge benefits to the colostrum alone?  Does partially breastfeeding not still pass on immunities to the child? 

    I know you're trying to be helpful, but you're basically saying that if you can't exclusively breastfeed, there isn't any point.

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    I am a FTM....so this is dependent on whether I produce enought milk or not...but I will probably do both. BF because of possible health benefits to me and the baby, with the added plus of helping me lose the baby weight. However, I am planning on utilizing the bottle (whether it be pumping or formula) when we're out in public, as I would rather not not BF in public.

    The researched health benefits of breastfeeding are dependent on exclusively breastfeeding.  As a CLC I just thought I would mention that if the health benefits are REALLY important to you then you would need to exclusively breastfeed.  Some people feel that their baby will at least be better off getting at least some breastmilk, but there aren't studies to back this up...because there is no easy way to document the health benefits when so many people are using different ratios of breastmilk to formula.  For example...breastmilk can lower the incidence of Type 1 diabetes and childhood cancers, but breastmilk and formula both being fed does not have any documented decreased incidence of diabetes or cancer.  If breastfeeding in public is an issue for you, then you could always pump and bottle feed.


    Gee, thanks for that, now I have absolutely no motivation to even try if I have supply issues!

    I know I'm not a professional, but I find that hard to believe - that there is NO benefit to partially breastfeedin.  Every health professional I have talked to has said that "some is better than none".  Are there not huge benefits to the colostrum alone?  Does partially breastfeeding not still pass on immunities to the child? 

    I know you're trying to be helpful, but you're basically saying that if you can't exclusively breastfeed, there isn't any point.

    Word!

    My mom's a pediatrician and she will tell you she would rather mom's pump than give their babies formula! It's not about how the baby gets it, it's the fact that they do get it!

    I was BF'd and I plan on doing that with my baby, exclusively for the first 2 months and then I will BF when I can and pump, but that's if everything goes well with BFing...My hospital is pro-BFing, so atleast I will get extra advice and help if needed!

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    I am a FTM....so this is dependent on whether I produce enought milk or not...but I will probably do both. BF because of possible health benefits to me and the baby, with the added plus of helping me lose the baby weight. However, I am planning on utilizing the bottle (whether it be pumping or formula) when we're out in public, as I would rather not not BF in public.

    The researched health benefits of breastfeeding are dependent on exclusively breastfeeding.  As a CLC I just thought I would mention that if the health benefits are REALLY important to you then you would need to exclusively breastfeed.  Some people feel that their baby will at least be better off getting at least some breastmilk, but there aren't studies to back this up...because there is no easy way to document the health benefits when so many people are using different ratios of breastmilk to formula.  For example...breastmilk can lower the incidence of Type 1 diabetes and childhood cancers, but breastmilk and formula both being fed does not have any documented decreased incidence of diabetes or cancer.  If breastfeeding in public is an issue for you, then you could always pump and bottle feed.


    Gee, thanks for that, now I have absolutely no motivation to even try if I have supply issues!

    I know I'm not a professional, but I find that hard to believe - that there is NO benefit to partially breastfeedin.  Every health professional I have talked to has said that "some is better than none".  Are there not huge benefits to the colostrum alone?  Does partially breastfeeding not still pass on immunities to the child? 

    I know you're trying to be helpful, but you're basically saying that if you can't exclusively breastfeed, there isn't any point.

    Word!

    My mom's a pediatrician and she will tell you she would rather mom's pump than give their babies formula! It's not about how the baby gets it, it's the fact that they do get it!

    I was BF'd and I plan on doing that with my baby, exclusively for the first 2 months and then I will BF when I can and pump, but that's if everything goes well with BFing...My hospital is pro-BFing, so atleast I will get extra advice and help if needed!

     

    I think you missed my point.  I could not exclusively give breastmilk - I had almost no supply.  I had to give formula as well.  But all of the lactation consultants I saw told me that some breastmilk is better than none...the above poster seemed to be saying that if you add in any formula, there is no benefit to the breastmilk. I don't buy that, unless ever doctor, lactation consult, and nurse I dealt with is wrong.

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  • I BF DS and I plan to BF this time also, although like someone said a little nervous about breastfeeding with a toddler too!   Health benefits, bonding, and cost were all factors for us.  My breasts did not change at all during my pregnancy, I wore the same size/style of bra the day I got my BFP as the day i checked in to deliver.  Some thoughts.

    1.  I have also heard some breast milk is better than no breast milk. I'm not sure where that other statement came from at all.

    2. MOST women can breastfeed.  There are different challenges that need support in order to work through, but there are very very few women in this world who cannot physically breastfeed.  

    3.  Sometimes women cause their own supply issues by not breastfeeding soon enough following delivery, often enough in the first weeks, long enough at each session, or having a poor latch.  All of these problems can be worked through if you have proper support. 

    4.  Many pediatricians are not trained to support breastfeeding moms.  Particularly if they were trained or went through their early years of practicing when the great formula rage came about, they don't have information to share. This can be discouraging to moms who are trying to breastfeed.  If you have made the choice to breastfeed and run into struggles, you may need to find support elsewhere to work through challenges. 

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    I BF DS and I plan to BF this time also, although like someone said a little nervous about breastfeeding with a toddler too!   Health benefits, bonding, and cost were all factors for us.  My breasts did not change at all during my pregnancy, I wore the same size/style of bra the day I got my BFP as the day i checked in to deliver.  Some thoughts.

    1.  I have also heard some breast milk is better than no breast milk. I'm not sure where that other statement came from at all.

    2. MOST women can breastfeed.  There are different challenges that need support in order to work through, but there are very very few women in this world who cannot physically breastfeed.  

    3.  Sometimes women cause their own supply issues by not breastfeeding soon enough following delivery, often enough in the first weeks, long enough at each session, or having a poor latch.  All of these problems can be worked through if you have proper support. 

    4.  Many pediatricians are not trained to support breastfeeding moms.  Particularly if they were trained or went through their early years of practicing when the great formula rage came about, they don't have information to share. This can be discouraging to moms who are trying to breastfeed.  If you have made the choice to breastfeed and run into struggles, you may need to find support elsewhere to work through challenges. 

    You are right about the challenges.

    When BFing DD I had some latching issues (wound up with scabbed nipples!) and could not pump to save my life (manually or with my fancy $250 electric pump). It took about 45min to get 1/6 of a bottles worth of breast milk with the manual pump, so when my nipples were scabbed from improper latching it was rough keeping my flow going while not feeding from the scabbed breast. It was rough but DD was breast fed for 6mos. I hope this time around is smoother.  

     

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  • I BFed DD for the health benefits, convenience, and $$ being saved.

    That said, I did not like it. Thankfully we had no problems at all and I BFed for 10 months, but I was SOO happy when it was done. We never had that bonding experience people talk about, and it was beginning to get depressing after so long. Besides that, it did a number on my body. I ate like a horse ALL the time and I still ended up underweight.

    That said, I will definitely BF again with my next LO. My peeves about it would not be enough to make me give up the benefits for my next child. (plus yeah, free)

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    I am a FTM....so this is dependent on whether I produce enought milk or not...but I will probably do both. BF because of possible health benefits to me and the baby, with the added plus of helping me lose the baby weight. However, I am planning on utilizing the bottle (whether it be pumping or formula) when we're out in public, as I would rather not not BF in public.

    The researched health benefits of breastfeeding are dependent on exclusively breastfeeding.  As a CLC I just thought I would mention that if the health benefits are REALLY important to you then you would need to exclusively breastfeed.  Some people feel that their baby will at least be better off getting at least some breastmilk, but there aren't studies to back this up...because there is no easy way to document the health benefits when so many people are using different ratios of breastmilk to formula.  For example...breastmilk can lower the incidence of Type 1 diabetes and childhood cancers, but breastmilk and formula both being fed does not have any documented decreased incidence of diabetes or cancer.  If breastfeeding in public is an issue for you, then you could always pump and bottle feed.


    Gee, thanks for that, now I have absolutely no motivation to even try if I have supply issues!

    I know I'm not a professional, but I find that hard to believe - that there is NO benefit to partially breastfeedin.  Every health professional I have talked to has said that "some is better than none".  Are there not huge benefits to the colostrum alone?  Does partially breastfeeding not still pass on immunities to the child? 

    I know you're trying to be helpful, but you're basically saying that if you can't exclusively breastfeed, there isn't any point.

    Word!

    My mom's a pediatrician and she will tell you she would rather mom's pump than give their babies formula! It's not about how the baby gets it, it's the fact that they do get it!

    I was BF'd and I plan on doing that with my baby, exclusively for the first 2 months and then I will BF when I can and pump, but that's if everything goes well with BFing...My hospital is pro-BFing, so atleast I will get extra advice and help if needed!

     

    I think you missed my point.  I could not exclusively give breastmilk - I had almost no supply.  I had to give formula as well.  But all of the lactation consultants I saw told me that some breastmilk is better than none...the above poster seemed to be saying that if you add in any formula, there is no benefit to the breastmilk. I don't buy that, unless ever doctor, lactation consult, and nurse I dealt with is wrong.

    I didn't miss your point. I was agreeing with you. 

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