Quoting LysW:" BF! I ff my daughter after 6 weeks, thsi time around i stuck to it.. REMEMBER BREAST is FREEEEEEee. Seriously, ... [snip!] ... for me it was just so natural my nipples weren't even that sore) Pays off in the long run, going to get formula, and all that. "
i effing hate mixing formula.
Quoting SmashleynSmallyPants:" i effing hate mixing formula. "
Quoting Shelsie. [27 wks.]:" I heard the first 6 months are important to breastfeed. But I have to go to school, and I'm gonna be a single parent with not much help. Could I switch him to regular formula after 6 months?"
my advice is just go as long as you can. Do your best, try your hardest, and you wont have any regrets later. I know how hard it is to go to school and breastfeed, but I was able to do it exclusively for over a year, and then extended breastfed until my daughter was 2 1/2 and self weaned. I think it would be an honor for you to know that you were able to do it, and go to school, and do it on your own. I am very proud of myself, and am very satisfied with how well I did despite the struggles of going to school, working, and taking care of a baby. Good luck, and I know you can do it.
Actually bfing is much easier especially at night because I coud just sleep with my LO on the b**b, whereas if you do bottles you have to get up, mix bottles, feed the baby, all before you can go back to sleep. If you breastfeed you will get your body back sooner, sleep better, and have a healthier baby, which will help you not miss as much school.
Quoting SmashleynSmallyPants:" i effing hate mixing formula. "
Ieffing hate the smell of it, and being spit up on blah!
Quoting lolajessup:" Ieffing hate the smell of it, and being spit up on blah!"
ew i know. sour milk doesnt smell much better coming up wither but at least its super healthy for your LO lol
In my opinion, breast feeding is the best thing for you AND the baby :) its very beneficial for the both of you. Actual breast FEEDING with skin to skin contact provides shelter to your junior, it makes them feel safe and protected once they feel your body heat It creates a special bond between you two, just like the bond they've had in your tummy over the last nine months :) Not to mention, a good benefit for you is that you'll lose weight much quicker if you breast feed after having baby.
Another good option if you don't actually want to breast FEED, is pumping your breast milk, and putting it in the freezer. Never microwave or put your breast milk on the stove-- when you want the milk heated up, put the bottle of milk in a bowl of hot water until the milk is at the right temperature. Giving your baby breast milk provides health benefits to you and the baby as well.
It will lower your risk of getting cervical cancer or breast cancer.. and it will provide the baby with the nutrients it needs, which will initially lower the risk for SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome).
I haven't had the opportunity to breast feed yet, I am also a teenager (fifteen years old) on my first pregnancy. I'm only 5 days shy of 5 months, but honestly, my opinion is that you should most definitely try to breast feed. You may need a little help at first, and it will hurt for the first little while, but you have to remember, you want what's best for you and your little junior, and most doctors and nurses would most definitely suggest breast feeding. If you decide to do it, don't give up! :)
It's entirely your choice if you want to breast feed or not, do what you feel is more comfortable and makes you happy.
Congratulations on your pregnancy, and good luck. :)
Agreed! I am 2 weeks into breastfeeding & it is such a good choice, I won't lie the first week is hell trying to get the hang of it; but once you do it is so worth it. It shrienks back your utertus, helps you keep a good diet, gives your baby more nutrition... I love the choice I made to breast feed! I have had a lot of complications & still am, but I am trying to work em out. If you don't enjoy nursing(to be honest, it's not my thing cause my nipples are so sore, although it is a very good way to bond!) you can pump strictly & she will still get the good stuff that breast feeding has. Drs are so pushy about nursing, but they should encourage pumping too cause breast milk is better than formula; no matter if they eating it from your b**b or a bottle.
Medela is a good pump & all they have A LOT of products that will help you breast feed! Nipple shields is my favorite cause I was so sore I started to bleed a lil. But it went right away. Like I said if you do it & stick with trying to make it work, you will love yourself for it... If you don't try you'll regret it later, at least that's what all the mom's who didn't try told me that they wished they had!
At first i started to brestfeed but then he wouldnt really latch on. So i pump instead and feed it to him through a bottle. I thought brestfeeding was the best thing ever. :)
Quoting nicki4455:" At first i started to brestfeed but then he wouldnt really latch on. So i pump instead and feed it to him through a bottle. I thought brestfeeding was the best thing ever. :)"
i would go see a LC that is a lot of work pumping and bottle feeding if you are only doing that because of latching issues...
<blockquote><b>Quoting LysW:</b>" BF! I ff my daughter after 6 weeks, thsi time around i stuck to it.. REMEMBER BREAST is FREEEEEEee. Seriously, ... [snip!] ... for me it was just so natural my nipples weren't even that sore) Pays off in the long run, going to get formula, and all that. "</blockquote>
Yeah I heard it does make you lose a lot of weight. I guess that's a good thing for me, ive gained 50 pounds this whole pregnancy and I'm only 28 weeks ! Gotta chill on my Hershey bars:)
Quoting Shelsie. [27 wks.]:" <blockquote><b>Quoting LysW:</b>" BF! I ff my daughter after 6 weeks, thsi time around ... [snip!] ... that's a good thing for me, ive gained 50 pounds this whole pregnancy and I'm only 28 weeks ! Gotta chill on my Hershey bars:)"
i gained 100 with my first -_- i took "eating for two" wayyy to seriously lmfao
I'm 18 and my Son is a month old.. I've just been breast feeding and I don't mind it a bit! I love knowing that my baby is getting healthy food and it's really not as bad as people seem to make it out to be. Just power through the first few weeks! It can be pretty tiring and demanding, but it's a great bonding experience as well!