Breastfeeding Vs Bottlefeeding

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j-lyn - March 23

How do you decide? I know there are pros and cons to each one, but how do you know which one you really want to do? I've thought it would be a great thing to br___tfeed but even when not pregnant my br___ts are incredibly sensitive. I'd love to bond with my baby through br___tfeeding but I worry that the sensation would just be too much. Any advise?

 

E586467 - March 24

Hi there I understand your fears as I used to have them too, but please do give it a go & you will probably be pleasantly surprised. I have a 3yr old dd that I bf for 5mths and now a 9mth ds who is still bf and must say that I LOVE b___stfeeding. I too had VERY sensitive b___bs and have never even liked my husband touching them, and feared that I would hate b___stfeeding, but knowing the benefits of bf I had to at least give it a try. There were a few hiccups in the beginning, cracked nipples and such but when the baby and I got the hang of it, it was wonderful. I only got to bf my dd until 5mths due to complications and to be honest I hated bottle feeding her as she went a little anti mummy for a long time after I stopped bf her - not saying this will be the case with you I'm just letting you know my experience. I am still bf my 9mth ds and I definataly feel closer to him than I did with my dd at this age. Also most of the sensitivity I had before having kids has gone now that they are working b___bs, lol. Anyway it is a wonderful way to bond with your baby not to mention the benifits that bf has on you and your baby. Good luck and I hope you at least give it a try before you decide either way.

 

britt_m - March 25

I agree if you want to, give it a go for a month or two. Then opt for longer if you want. My dd is about 10 months now and we're still going strong : ). Definately not what I thought it would be and its so much better, we're so close.

 

KDR - March 26

Go to the site kellymom.com. They have great information there about b___stfeeding. I think lack of proper information is one of the main reasons why women who CAN bf choose not to. I had all the problems in the book.....Cracked nipples, thrush, mast_tis, plugged ducts and I am still b___stfeeding and ds is 5 months old. I am so glad I didn't give up! The cost savings as well as the closeness with my ds are the main benefits I have experienced. I also lost all 30 lbs of baby wt by the time ds was 10 wks old. BF does take time and effort to get the hang of, and can be very frustrating at first, but once you do it can be one of the MOST rewarding things you've ever done. Good luck!

 

K - March 28

Just give bf a try. If you don't like it you can always stop. Frankly, I was a little freaked or grossed out by the whole b___stfeeding thing when I was pregnant, but decided to give it a try because I knew it was the best for the baby. I thought I would do it for 3 months tops if I made it that long. I'm so glad I tried. Turned out that after we got the hang of it I absolutely loved it. There is nothing like having that little baby cuddling up to you and counting on you and patting you or playing with your hair. My dd bf for well over a year (she was no ready to give it up at at year and the doctor said there was no reason to push her) I miss it.

 

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