Additional Question On The Cost Of A Baby

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Leigh - August 10

Well, after hearing some really great advice and estimates regarding a baby and their first year, I am very curious to hear people's opinions and experiences with br___tfeeding. When my husband and I decided to have a baby, I never even thought about br___tfeeding. In my family, the women almost seem to look down on it. A couple tried, failed and went to formula, while most (like my mother) didn't even attempt bf and had us on formula from day one. Obviously there is a monetary benefit, bond and health of bf, but what are the down sides? Why do you choose to or not to br___tfeed?

 

s - August 10

you choose to b___stfeed because of the many, many, health benefits of it. It's cheaper than formula and some say it creates more of a bond between you and your baby. You may choose not to b___stfeed because you work full-time, because your not patient enough, because it's easier to formula feed....etc, etc. I plan on b___stfeeding not only for monetary reasons but just because that's what we have b___st for and I feel like I should at least try it!!! lol....if it doesn't work out at least I tried it! GoodLuck!

 

BBK - August 10

Well, how can a bunch of chemists know better than mother nature? Today even formula companies agree that “b___st it best”, and the list of benefits is just too large to post. Early in the 1900's mother's milk was suddenly abandoned for a ma__s produced artificial formula that was promoted as equally healthy and more hygienic. In the 50’s b___stfeeding was even looked down In recent years however there is a TON of research suggesting that b___stfed babies have better immunity, are better protected against diabetes have higher IQ's; b___stfeeding also lowers the mother's risk of b___st or ovarian cancer. BTW, I am a biochemist by education and I can tell you we're not even close to figuring out how b___st milk works. Sure we can a___lyze its composition, but it changes as the baby’s nutritional needs change so it’s really tricky to replicate it. You may need guidance (lactation consultant) if you decide to go with it. Now, don’t get me wrong, formula is OK. In fact I’m thankful it’s there because my daughter’s appet_te exceeded my wife’s milk production the first week. It took my wife 3 days to get a decent supply and we still had to supplement with formula. It was also painful and it’s easy to get discouraged and give up….. however if you decide to go with it, it’ll be the best gift you’ll ever give to your child. Good luck!

 

N - August 10

i chose to b___stfeed, but when my grandmother, and even some women in my mother's generation, were having babies, it was looked down upon because only the "poor" b___stfed, because they couldn't afford formula. Now we know much better than that.

 

Julie - August 10

I am not going to b___stfeed by personal choice. I bottle fed my son and it was very easy and the entire family could join in on the feedings. I alwasy knew how much he was getting and he got on a schedule very quickly. My sister b___stfed her first for a month and said it was absolute misery. She was always in pain and she said it was very time consuming so she gave up. My other sister b___stfed her kids and got mast_tis (sp?) really bad her doctor told her to stop. She also never got any sleep. I have heard some women also have great success. I think it is a personal choice for everyone. They do make it sound so easy and have heard it is alot harder than they say it is.

 

I tried it - August 10

I tried it, it was difficult to start but after awhile (about a month) it got easier. You do need a support system. People to encourage you when you don't think that you are making enough milk for your baby. Its really easy to quit if you don't have a support system. I don't think my dh realises it but its partially his fault I stopped b___stfeeding. He seemed so freaked out. I started doing a combo of b___st feeding and bottle feeding. Then I eventually stopped b___stfeeding all together. I am going to try to do it longer this time

 

Julie - August 10

I know I wouldn't have support that is part of my problem I have a son and a husband who works toooo much. Family & Friends live far away. After giving birth to my first baby I had PPD really bad and was put on medication for a year. I have my ups and downs and don't know that I could handle it.

 

Jbear - August 11

I really wanted to b___stfeed my daughter, but it just didn't work for me. She was in the NICU and I was trying to pump milk for her, but the pump I could afford wasn't very good and I could never get more than a teaspoon out at a time. I was too self-conscious to try feeding her in the NICU and I was scared that I would disturb the millions of wires and sensors that were hooked up to her. By the time she came home, I had given up on b___stfeeding. I think not being able to b___stfeed really added to my postpartum depression. I'm going to try it again with this baby, and I'm determined to make it work. I wasn't as well informed the first time, and I think that will make a difference.

 

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