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Opinions on this? (breastfeeding question) Irish Twins Mama ♥ 2 kids; Iowa 2147 posts
7th Apr '13

I'm so full of questions tonight, sorry lol!



Anyway, I breastfed my son for two weeks and that's it. I was uneducated when it came to breastfeeding and I was heartbroken to have to quit.



That being said, when my daughter comes in September, I'd really love to breastfeed her and I'm determined to.



Would it be weird to start breastfeeding my son again when she's born? He will be 11 months old when she comes. Is that stupid..? Would he even know how to do it?

Red Bottom 2 kids; Middelfart, Denmark 15275 posts
7th Apr '13

Personally, I wouldn't. He is used to formula and is probably going to be eating table food again. Having him randomly start feeding from your breast might be really confusing.

Irish Twins Mama ♥ 2 kids; Iowa 2147 posts
7th Apr '13
Quoting Red Bottom:" Personally, I wouldn't. He is used to formula and is probably going to be eating table food again. Having him randomly start feeding from your breast might be really confusing. "


Yeah that's what I was thinking. Damn..oh well. :l

LeiLana80 2 kids; Ohio 243 posts
7th Apr '13
Quoting Red Bottom:" Personally, I wouldn't. He is used to formula and is probably going to be eating table food again. Having him randomly start feeding from your breast might be really confusing. "

:!: I agree 100%

Red Bottom 2 kids; Middelfart, Denmark 15275 posts
7th Apr '13
Quoting Mom to Kai and Ivy ♥:" Yeah that's what I was thinking. Damn..oh well. :l"



My son was transitioning to Vitamin D milk at your son's age, so I would just continue on your way as far as food/milk stages with your son and take it as a lesson learned.

THE Draco Malfoy 1 child; Tennessee 19885 posts
7th Apr '13

i had wondered the same but didn't wanna ask. plus DH said it'd just be weird...

Irish Twins Mama ♥ 2 kids; Iowa 2147 posts
7th Apr '13

I feel like I didn't give my son the best and now it makes me feel bad. I'll get over it.

Autumn Whisper 1 child; Utah 9977 posts
7th Apr '13

Realistically, at 11 months he might see his sister doing it and want to do it, too. I for one would not refuse him if that is the case.

Also, there is nothing to say you couldn't pump additional milk and give it to him in a cup. It would still be beneficial for him.

user banned 2 kids; Minnesota 7318 posts
7th Apr '13

I'd do it if you want to and he wants to. 11 months is still a baby, I don't think it'd be weird or harmful.

Chelsey Lee 1 child; New York 441 posts
7th Apr '13
Quoting Autumn Whisper:" Realistically, at 11 months he might see his sister doing it and want to do it, too. I for one would ... [snip!] ... there is nothing to say you couldn't pump additional milk and give it to him in a cup. It would still be beneficial for him."


!!!!!

MotherFalcon+2 2 kids; Fólkvangr, Asgard, YD, Sweden 3665 posts
status 7th Apr '13

If he shows an interest, or if you wanna try it out with him- please do! He'll let you know he doesn't want to BF. But you can always give it to him in a sippy or cup. Give it to your husband too! Sneak it in on him lol.



It is so awesome that you are interested in doing this, I would definately try it out and don't let anyone make you feel weird or stupid. It's sooo good for everyone, especially little Kai :)



It's not going to hurt him or disrupt anything in a negative way. Of course his intestinal flora is suited for formula right now, and will change to suit the breastmilk, but honestly that is the way it should be. And there are poisons in formula, so you might as well switch him back to breast or BM until he's around 1 and weans.



He might have some confusion, but you can slowly mix BM with formula to get him accustomed to the taste and so it isn't too drastic of a switch. Just encourage him if you really want this.



Good luck Mama!! You cahn doo eet!

Irish Twins Mama ♥ 2 kids; Iowa 2147 posts
7th Apr '13
Quoting MalkovichMalkovich:" If he shows an interest, or if you wanna try it out with him- please do! He'll let you know he doesn't ... [snip!] ... taste and so it isn't too drastic of a switch. Just encourage him if you really want this. Good luck Mama!! You cahn doo eet!"


Thank you so much! That is very reassuring. If anything, I will try giving it to him through a sippy like you said. I also may try to get my supply going good before I try giving it to him, just so I know I can make enough for the newb too.

MotherFalcon+2 2 kids; Fólkvangr, Asgard, YD, Sweden 3665 posts
status 7th Apr '13
Quoting Mom to Kai and Ivy ♥:" Thank you so much! That is very reassuring. If anything, I will try giving it to him through a sippy ... [snip!] ... I also may try to get my supply going good before I try giving it to him, just so I know I can make enough for the newb too."

well BFing works in supply and demand- the more milk that is asked for, the more milk is made. No need to worry about supply establishment, it's there and and will be fine for both off the bat. Just because your body knows it is pregnant with one doesn't mean it can't learn to feed two :) You can feed him from day 1- the colostrum is the most nutrient and immunity rich.



And don't worry if you think you aren't producing enough milk after birth either. Colostrum is produced in small quantities but is just enough for baby's tiny belly. Real milk doesn't come in until 2-12 days later.

MotherFalcon+2 2 kids; Fólkvangr, Asgard, YD, Sweden 3665 posts
status 7th Apr '13

If you have any questions, or need advice or support, feel free to PM or PT me :)



Good luck!

bia. 2 kids; ., ., Portugal 73619 posts
status 8th Apr '13
Quoting MalkovichMalkovich:" If he shows an interest, or if you wanna try it out with him- please do! He'll let you know he doesn't ... [snip!] ... taste and so it isn't too drastic of a switch. Just encourage him if you really want this. Good luck Mama!! You cahn doo eet!"


Poison in formula? lord kill me now, hahahaaaaaaaaaa.