Breast Feeding?

Breast Feeding?

dirtythoughts:) dirtythoughts:)
This category seemed the closest to the my topic.
I am currently pregnant with my 1st child which was a huge surprise but I am very excited. I plan on breast feeding but most, if not all of my family and friends, formula feed. I love the thought of the bonding aspect as well as saving money, not worrying of contaminated formulas and supposedly if you breast feed you are more likely to lose the baby weight quicker(?).

*My question is how many of you Eden Woman breast feed (if you HAVE children)? Thoughts?
How many of you PLAN to have children down the road and PLAN to breast feed? Thoughts?

PS** I do not plan of breastfeeding till the child is able to walk and speak full sentences . That, to me, is over doing it. Most likely till its 1 maybe 2, but even that old and the milk will be pumped out and given by bottle or cup.
Answers (public voting - your screen name will appear in the results):
I have children and DID breast feed.
ss143 , Beck , Gracie , P'Gell , Noelle , hot lil momma , gypsymama , Lil Beauty , PropertyOfPotter , Nirelan , MRB , SneakersAndPearls , Tess , Gettinmymojoback
14  (33%)
I have children and did NOT breast feed.
PeaceToTheMiddleEast , - Kira - , K101
3  (7%)
I DO NOT have or want any children.
Vii
1  (2%)
I DO NOT have children but DO plan on breast feeding.
Feisty , Highmaintenancegirl916 , LAndJ , butterflygirlxo , pinkpottergirl , woodsdragon , JackNit , ksparkles16 , KrissyNovacaine , Peggi , Katelyn , SiNn , chelly411 , collifornia , bayosgirl , HB042 , TheirPet , ghent529 , Lavendar , Sohotdinosaur , skeeterlynn
21  (49%)
I DO NOT have children but DO NOT plan on breastfeeding.
SubmissiveFeminist , hybridinsurge
2  (5%)
Other? Please explain.
Charry , Gone (LD29)
2  (5%)
Total votes: 43
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Feisty Feisty
I DO NOT have children but DO plan on breast feeding--- I think that there are so many pros to doing it
07/26/2012
ss143 ss143
I have two boys and had two different experiences. My first I tried very hard to nurse but between not being able to correct his latch and my milk never came in fully we had a hard time when he was about 7 weeks old my milk dried up and I had no choice to formula feed. With my youngest breastfeeding was not an issue my milk came in fine and he nursed until he was about 3 1/2 a total milk junkie we called him I was the first in our family to want to breastfeed very badly and succeeded everyone else bottle fed.
07/26/2012
LAndJ LAndJ
I don't have any children right now, but will probably breastfeed. I know the benefits and all that, but don't like the idea of actually doing it. It's highly likely I will anyway.
07/26/2012
Beck Beck
I have two boys and two different experiences too. My first was awesome. I was able to breastfeed my first son from birth until 13months. I cut him off because he wouldn't stop biting. I stopped cold turkey. I expressed what I needed to so I wasn't in a lot of pain. I never had a single problem breastfeeding. Dr's were all amazed. When I had my second one I was able to breastfeed him until he was 4months old. I couldn't keep up with the food intake he needed and properly care for my toddler too. So, I ended up supplementing with formula. I really disliked that I had to do that, but he was a growing boy who needed more than I had to give him. I never had any issues with breastfeeding. Even in the hospital after birthing my second one all the nurses were amazed at how "easy" I made it look. I was able to lay down on my side and breastfeed him, which I was told is a position that isn't easy for newborns.

There are so many benefits of breastfeeding; that I can't see a reason not to at least attempt it unless you shouldn't medically. I come from a family that was all bottle fed. I hated doing the bottle feedings. In the middle of the night you have to get up and make a bottle. But if you are breastfeeding all you have is ready at any given moment. The only time I had issues was when I was in public. I usually went out to the car to breastfeed.

I do plan on having another baby and will breastfeed them as long as possible.
07/26/2012
PeaceToTheMiddleEast PeaceToTheMiddleEast
I have children and did not breastfeed. The reason I did not is because I smoke and did not want them to intake that.
07/26/2012
dirtythoughts:) dirtythoughts:)
Quote:
Originally posted by PeaceToTheMiddleEast
I have children and did not breastfeed. The reason I did not is because I smoke and did not want them to intake that.
I was a smoker and quit shortly after finding out about my pregnancy. This is another one of the benefits I can think of, if I breast feed I will not be as tempted to start smoking again after I give birth.
07/26/2012
Various Various
I didn't breastfeed my first, but I did my second. I was 20 when my first was born and the thought of breastfeeding was kinda of weird to me, but when she was three days old I was like "Man, I should have breastfed!" so with my second I did until she was just over a year old. The experience was great, and I definitely felt a different bond with my second.
07/26/2012
Gracie Gracie
I breastfed both of my children for the first year. I think it is the best thing for your babies. Join LaLeche or find another support person. My second child had more issues than the first and having someone you know and can call for support if needed is wonderful!
07/26/2012
P'Gell P'Gell
I'm a Lactation Consultant so breastfeeding is my specialty!

Congratulations on your pregnancy, and KUDOS on your decision to breastfeed.

I breastfed all 3 of my children. The first one was difficult, because she had been given bottles in the nursery and she got nipple confusion, which took us nearly four months to overcome. I refused to give up! Everybody told me, "You don't have to. She'll be fine." "Fine" wasn't good enough for MY baby. So, I persevered. I succeeded 100% when my husband took all the bottles and nipples and put them in a garbage bag and they were GONE. THEN I had to exclusively breastfeed, and for this child, that was ALL that worked!

I never had an other bottle in my house, ever. Eight years of breastfeeding under my belt and only the first 3-4 months of the first one had occasional bottles. My babies could drink my milk from a shot glass, a medicine cup, a syringe or a sippy cup if I needed to see patients, my husband could cup feed a baby. If he could do it, anyone can.

Plus, my kids were taught to use a sippy cup at about 5 months. They would sit with their little sippy cups of Mama milk at the table with the family and even though they weren't eating solids yet, they felt like part of the family. All cool with their "Pat the Bunny" cup!

As for "walking and talking" some babies speak or walk earlier than others. My kids started saying words at 7 or 8 months and speaking in sentences at 12 months. I wasn't going to wean them just because of that. Why? What difference does talking make?

Does anyone say, "The baby can sit in the high chair until he says his first word, then, that chair is out the door!" Of course not. Children wean at different ages. The least amount of time I have nursed a child was 16 months, the longest was 4.5 years. My middle child was about 2. I let them decide, because babies don't lie. Ever. If they need something they need it.

My youngest was a preterm baby, and she needed the long term nursing. Even our pediatrician said, "If you hadn't nursed that child as long as you did, she might not have made it." (She nursed her own children between 2 and 4 years each, too. She knows the odds and the benefits as well as I do.)

One piece of advice. IF you really feel the need to use bottles, WAIT until after 12 weeks. You can't eliminate the risk of Nipple Confusion, but in about 15 years of Lactation Consulting, and thousands of patients, I can tell you that Nipple Confusion (caused by using bottles, as the sucking is SO different than at the breast) is the most common reason breastfeeding fails. There are other, better ways to get milk into a breastfed baby, if you need to be away from him for any length of time.

Good luck on your new baby!
07/26/2012
P'Gell P'Gell
Quote:
Originally posted by ss143
I have two boys and had two different experiences. My first I tried very hard to nurse but between not being able to correct his latch and my milk never came in fully we had a hard time when he was about 7 weeks old my milk dried up and I had no ...
Good for you for persevering! On occasion it doesn't work out, and most of those babies do OK. But, a lot of the time it is a lot easier the second time. I had NO problems with my second one nursing.

My first and third were challenges, though.
07/26/2012
Charry Charry
I was breast fed, and I'm pretty sure there are studies that show breast fed children turn out more intellectual than others. If I have kids, I plan on breast feeding them if possible.
07/26/2012
- Kira - - Kira -
I have one child and I didn't breastfeed. I require medication that can transfer through breast milk. I was off of these meds for the pregnancy which caused large health problems for me. It was essential that I get back on them as soon as possible after giving birth to avoid further health issues.
07/26/2012
woodsdragon woodsdragon
I do not have children yet, but have every intention (God Willing) to have children and breast feed them! The benefits are astounding!
07/26/2012
JackNit JackNit
I don't have any kids but I would encourage the mom to breast feed because I have heard its better for the baby. I also wouldn't mind her breast feeding me either.
07/26/2012
K101 K101
Quote:
Originally posted by dirtythoughts:)
This category seemed the closest to the my topic.
I am currently pregnant with my 1st child which was a huge surprise but I am very excited. I plan on breast feeding but most, if not all of my family and friends, formula feed. I love the thought ...
Well I'm not a breast feeder. Nobody in my family ever did and I wouldn't. I have been pregnant twice, lost them both and our non-biological children were WAAAYY past the breast feed or not decision. Thank God. While pregnant both times, I DID not plan to breast feed. Not at all. I'M not comfortable with it and do not feel the need to when we have formula these days that's full of everything the baby could need and then some.

If I absolutely HAD to breast feed (for whatever reason) I would use a pump only and put it in a bottle. I don't want a baby putting its chompers or mouth on my privates--no matter what they were designed to do, my breasts. It's not a necessity in my opinion.

Sure the weight loss is something you think about, but when you're about to have a baby, (or for me at least) that was the top concern of mine when it came to making the breast feeding or not decision. I planned to workout and that is what I did, although I didn't carry to full term, but I was able to get back into shape quickly.

And there actually are some concerns with breast feeding. YOUR NIPPLES CRACK, scab AND BLEED! The baby drinks that. Are you at that stage yet? Mine still tend to crack easily after being pregnant. I did not enjoy that and I don't like the idea of my blood and scabs in my child's milk.

Like I said, nobody in my family breastfed and we're all perfectly fine. Just as intelligent and healthy as someone who was breastfed. And our kids were not breast fed when they were that age and they're perfectly healthy and sane and intelligent as kids who were. In fact, the oldest is actually very, very intelligent and has a higher IQ than the others in his school, which is a middle school from grades 6-8! Not that I'm saying he's better, but this kind of gives me the impression that breast feeding isn't a MUST. Not for me personally. It's just a personal thing just like an opinion. I just do not like the idea.
07/27/2012
hot lil momma hot lil momma
I breastfed my kids and I'm glad I did. Thankfully I had a great lactation consultant who helped so much
07/27/2012
K101 K101
That was supposed to say "Sure weight loss is something you think about, but when you're about to have a baby (or for me at least) that was NOT my top concern when it came to making the breast feed or not decision." LOL. I forgot the "not!" That sounded crazy. Lol
07/27/2012
ksparkles16 ksparkles16
I don't have kids but someday when I do I'm sure I'll breastfeed (if I'm able to)
07/27/2012
KrissyNovacaine KrissyNovacaine
I think that there are a lot of benefits to breast feeding so I plan on it.
07/27/2012
Peggi Peggi
I do not have children however, I do plan to breast feed until they are at least 2 years old, unless I am unable to due to physical reasons (such as too much pain, bleeding, etc).

Out of the 3 of us, my siblings and I, the only one who has good health was the one who was breast fed, and the only one of us who isn't constantly sick is the one who was breast fed. I feel that if we weren't supposed to breast feed, we wouldn't produce milk, so why deny a baby something nature clearly intended for it to have?

Sadly, formula doesn't contain even half of what breast milk does, and my friends who have multiple kids who have breast fed some and not the others see differences in their kids as far as health and bonding.

I have sensitive breasts, and I am sure it will be painful, but I would do everything in my power to give my baby something I never had which could've helped me so much.
07/27/2012
gypsymama gypsymama
I have 3 kids and breastfed them all!! There were many reasons I made that decision, but I must say the biggest was simplicity. It is SOOOOOOO much easier... I never had sleepless nights with any of my babies. They slept in a bassinet by my bed, and when they woke up I rolled over, grabbed them and laid them in bed next to me. I barely had to open my eyes to get them back to sleep and fed. When traveling or out and about, I never had to haul big diaper bags.... food was ready to go!

I know some people have difficulty with breast feeding, but I swear getting past it is worth it!!
07/27/2012
SiNn SiNn
Quote:
Originally posted by dirtythoughts:)
This category seemed the closest to the my topic.
I am currently pregnant with my 1st child which was a huge surprise but I am very excited. I plan on breast feeding but most, if not all of my family and friends, formula feed. I love the thought ...
im all for breat feeding formula is super expencive if you can then you should i would and plan on it
07/27/2012
chelly411 chelly411
I think breast feeding is very important. A lot of women are selfish and just think about themselves but you don't realize that so many babies die from using formula the first few months of birth and that our antibodies pass through breast milk so they can start to build an immune system.
07/27/2012
dirtythoughts:) dirtythoughts:)
Quote:
Originally posted by Peggi
I do not have children however, I do plan to breast feed until they are at least 2 years old, unless I am unable to due to physical reasons (such as too much pain, bleeding, etc).

Out of the 3 of us, my siblings and I, the only one who has ...
Agree entirely. Thanks so much for the input
07/27/2012
dirtythoughts:) dirtythoughts:)
Thanks You all for your opinions
07/27/2012
PropertyOfPotter PropertyOfPotter
I have proudly breastfed all three of my children!! I was young when I had my first (18 years old), and no one else in my family had breastfed, but that was natural to me and what I felt was right for my family.
07/27/2012
P'Gell P'Gell
Quote:
Originally posted by Peggi
I do not have children however, I do plan to breast feed until they are at least 2 years old, unless I am unable to due to physical reasons (such as too much pain, bleeding, etc).

Out of the 3 of us, my siblings and I, the only one who has ...
I'm glad you are planning to.

Pain and bleeding nipples are NOT supposed to happen. They happen from several reasons; an improper latch (often precipitated by the baby being given bottles, which causes a suck disorder and when they try to nurse, they suck the way they do on a bottle and it doesn't work) or the occasional oral anomaly in the baby. These anomalies are rare and can be remedied. Working with a Private Practice Board Certified Lactation Consultant and following her directions to the letter are the key, here. NOT a hospital LC, they are too swamped to give you enough time, and most are burned out (half my friends are hospital LCs) but a Private Practice LC who can take at least TWO hours each visit with you and RESOLVE the problem. When I work with a client, I don't leave until we have some resolution. My clients have a 97% success rate, and most came to me because of problems their doctors told them were unresolvable (they don't teach Lactation in Medical School, so DO NOT go to a doctor for a Lactation Problem!), most PP LCs have similar or even better numbers.

Being a lactation consultant and having studied lactation for many many years, I can assure you formula may be "adequate" but it does NOT have "all the stuff" human milk has in it not by a long shot. Babies usually survive on formula, but the biological imperative related to human milk directly from the breast (as there are more antibodies when the baby in ON the breast rather than taking the milk from a container) are completely PROVEN over and over again by science.

I'm not going to give a run down of my nearly 20 years of study in the field of lactation, but only a few of myriad benefits include stronger immune systems, higher IQs, fewer respiratory, GI and other infections, protection from at least 25 cancers, all the way into adulthood, better smelling diapers, less incidence of breast cancer in both breastfeeding mothers and their daughters, and lower infant death rates, less post partum depression and more. These are all proven. There is simply NO argument.

"Fine" isn't "Optimal." And when I had kids, "fine" wasn't good enough for my babies. I wanted ONLY the best. I worked my ass off to nurse my first and my third babies (number 2 baby was pretty easy) and it was worth every day of work, pain (my youngest had a tight labial frenulum and it hurt like hell) and hard work. My preterm baby may not have survived without it, so I did what I needed to do, pain, meds or not. My children have thanked me for breastfeeding them, both as toddlers and as older kids. NOTHING can replace that. Except maybe children who have been given the optimal shot at health and development.

I understand on rare occasion it doesn't work out but we're talking about 1 in 1,000 to 1 in 2,000 mother/infant dyads cannot physiologically breastfeed. The chances of your being that one in two thousand is pretty rare. Those women are usually those on chemotherapy, women who have Post Partum Psychosis and are too sick and too dangerous to be around their babies and the rare case of lack of ductal tissue, which in nearly 20 years, I have seen lack of ductal tissue TWICE. Many of my LC friends have NEVER seen a woman without ductal tissue, so "I can't make enough milk" CAN be remedied with the right treatment.

For virtually every woman who had a reason "not to breastfeed" I have worked with at least a dozen women with the same issues who managed it. Save being on Chemotherapy (most other drugs are not dangerous during lactation, even if small amounts do get into milk, (and often it DOESN'T even if the PDR says it does) or Post Partum Psychosis or lack of ductal tissue. I was treated for severe migraines, depression and several infections while breastfeeding my children, the American Academy of Pediatricians OKed all the meds I was on, and so did my ped, my OBGYN, and my Neurologist, and all stated that "formula would be a greater danger to these babies."

I know some people can't manage it, but that doesn't mean there isn't a difference.

Breastfeeding is always the optimal choice.
07/27/2012
P'Gell P'Gell
My daughter (whose friends are popping out babies left and right and only a few of them "chose" to breastfeed) just told me I'm being "judgmental." *sigh* Even though she's 100% Pro-Breastfeeding and was raised in a Hippie, La Leche League family with a mom who is a Lactation Consultant.

My only defense if it's my profession, it's my life, I worked my ass off to breastfeed my own kids (and at least in two kids had "good reason not to breastfeed" I did it anyway.) So, I know how hard it is. But, this is my life and my passion.

I have no other way to be.
07/27/2012
HB042 HB042
Quote:
Originally posted by P'Gell
I'm glad you are planning to.

Pain and bleeding nipples are NOT supposed to happen. They happen from several reasons; an improper latch (often precipitated by the baby being given bottles, which causes a suck disorder and when they try to ...
Can I just say, I love the community here, and the many different resources presented outside of a sexual content? P'Gell, I am happy to know you, even on this level.

I have no children but hopefully will someday, and I intend to breastfeed.
07/27/2012
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