How many of you breast fed? or formula fed?

How many of you breast fed? or formula fed?

Joined: November 3rd, 2011, 12:45 am

June 9th, 2012, 8:09 pm #1

How many of you breast fed? or formula fed?
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Joined: December 23rd, 2010, 2:11 am

June 9th, 2012, 8:46 pm #2

my preemie.from day one..used Neosure to suppliment but only for three months for weight gain..still BF'ing at two years.
It's a personal decision and then of course, you have to see how your milk comes in. You can try and read studies on the differences and find your comfort level with the outcomes.
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Joined: December 21st, 2011, 7:41 pm

June 9th, 2012, 9:25 pm #3

How many of you breast fed? or formula fed?
I'll likely formula feed for a number of reasons.
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Joined: October 13th, 2005, 4:55 pm

June 9th, 2012, 9:50 pm #4

How many of you breast fed? or formula fed?
BF was pretty hard for me, but thankfully DD was a champ at it and willing to do it even when she also enjoyed the bottle. On the best day I probably provided 50% of her milk. She is still nursing at 3.5 and there is a lot of sweetness in that connection. But in retrospect during the rough times I probably should have quit. I had mastitis for 3.5 months (didn't fully treat it when it first occurred and it became a super bug) and it would have been better for both of us at the time if I had quit.

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Joined: June 2nd, 2007, 7:45 am

June 9th, 2012, 10:12 pm #5

How many of you breast fed? or formula fed?
at seventeen
months and i was so very relieved to be able to b/f after such a long painful time of feeling like my body couldn't do much right in the reproductive arena. My first DD almost died of an undiagnosed heart defect at five weeks old and b/fing was something only I could do for her in the long weeks we had in hospital. When my second DD was born ten years later I assumed I would do the same but it took her a long time, a couple of weeks, to get her suck, swallow, breathe rhythm sorted out so I pumped and lactaided and cup fed in that time. It was touch and go if we would make it before jaundice levels crept too high but we did and I'm so very glad.
It's such s sweet bonding, loving up time and as we enter the terrible twos I'm remembering what an invaluable parenting tool it is for stroppy toddlers. I'm really very glad I persevered, though there are days when she's teething or wanting to be on my breast all day that I feel pretty stretched.
But I am sure I would be feeling stretched as a parent at those times anyway and it gives her such comfort... And me such joy...
We all make our own decisions and you will make the best choices for you and your family. I have loved breast feeding and will be sad when it ends...especially as she may well be my last baby.
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Joined: September 30th, 2007, 7:22 pm

June 9th, 2012, 10:47 pm #6

How many of you breast fed? or formula fed?
Supplemented with a bottle or two of formula with my DS - for the first couple of months because he was a hungry little critter. In retrospect I probably didn't need to but I was a nervous first time mom - always worried he wasn't getting enough. I nursed him until 15 months. Now I'm on month 4 with DD - exclusively breast milk.



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Joined: July 3rd, 2004, 10:12 pm

June 9th, 2012, 10:50 pm #7

How many of you breast fed? or formula fed?
within 45 mins of birth. Breastfed continuously with no supplementation for 2 years. Would have loved to have carried on longer, but was prescribed medication unsuitable for bfing.

I loved breastfeeding, but it is a 24/7 commitment in the early days and really requires quite a lot of you to get good exclusive bfing established. Mixed feeding can be very effective too...

However, the best thing is for mum and baby to be happy and non-stressed, so that should also be the mantra for feeding whether bfeeding, mixed feeding or exlusive formula xxx


Best,
Daisy
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Joined: November 20th, 2006, 6:03 pm

June 9th, 2012, 11:57 pm #8

How many of you breast fed? or formula fed?
with preemie twins, they couldn't latch and by the time they got out of NICU (almost a month) they weren't interested; DS never had enough energy, he was a really fragile guy. So, I pumped for them and they got about 90% bmilk and 10% formula for the first few months, then DS was dx'd with intolerance to everything, and I went on a white rice diet (nothing but) and he still couldn't' take my milk, so he went on an amino acid formula, at 3 mos. DD then got all of my bmilk, almost exclusively, until 13 months. She nursed now and then until 5 months old if I really pushed her, but never got a full feed that way, so from 5 months to 13 months it was exclusively pumping (a lot of pumping LOL!)

DD2, my singleton, was full-term and healthy, and latched on like a champ the first time at the breast. At 15 months it's still her favorite place to be . I got her to take a couple of ounces via bottle once when she was a few days old and I was trying to get liquid vitamins into her that way, but she hasn't been willing to since. Still won't take a bottle or sippy. Will occasionally now drink a little water out of an open cup if it's hot. Otherwise, she drinks only bmilk.

So, totally different experiences here. We so often can't predict what will happen, ahead of time. I was SO determined before I had the twins, to only nurse..... then reality happened . With DD2 I knew that things might be beyond my control, so I kept reminding myself before she was born to go with the flow and be open to whatever worked for her (but would have been devastated if I'd been robbed of the experience again, truthfully).

Best,
Kenny

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Joined: September 26th, 2008, 9:06 pm

June 10th, 2012, 12:03 am #9

How many of you breast fed? or formula fed?
Never had much luck pumping, but bf went really well, even after a planned C-section. Bf over 2 years. DD is now 2y10m and still latches on every day, but I think it's just been habit and comforting these last 3 months. Nursing was VERY important to her. She has always nursed her dolls and teddy bears, making us laugh with alternating expressions of devotion and long-suffering.
Best of luck to you.
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Joined: January 19th, 2007, 7:18 pm

June 10th, 2012, 12:34 am #10

How many of you breast fed? or formula fed?
Slightly different experiences both times. With #1, I never could get him off the nipple shield, I battled engorgement the whole time, & I was able to pump in between to get quite a freezer stash.

With #2, no nipple shield (yay!) & no engorgement (yah!), but I simply couldn't get much via pump, so no freezer stash.

With both, I was able to BF exclusively while on maternity leave, but I had to supplement with formula after going back to work. Later with ds #1 b/c of the freezer stash, but regardless, I couldn't maintain an adequate supply to meet all their needs, even with regular pumping at work, once I went back to work.

Made it to 6 months with ds #1 & 12 months with ds #2. I wish I could've made it longer with ds #1 but it was what it was.

My best advice would be to realize that it's not always within our control. So while you will decide ahead of time what you want to do, sometimes - not always - Mother Nature has other ideas. It's usually that situation where women end up with so much guilt & emotional pain. BFing is very easy for some & it is the opposite for others. Same with supply. Some have no issues & others do. Sometimes BF problems, including supply, can be helped, but some women simply can't make it work no matter what.

If you're on the fence, I will confess that although I planned to BF with ds #1, I was not one who couldn't wait to BF b/c I thought it was the most wonderful thing in the world. It turned out to be a much more rewarding, sweet, indescribable experience than I ever imagined it could. And with both, we started bottles of expressed milk fairly early, so dh also got to experience the sweet moments of feeding. My memory is already fading, but I think we did more bottles with ds #1 simply b/c I was able get a lot via pumping. With #2, I nursed more b/c I couldn't really get much out via pump. So experiences do vary by child, too. A friend of mine with older children had zero issues with #1 & #3, but struggled horribly with #2, supply-wise.



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