Question For Breastfeeders

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missy - January 10

I am considering br___tfeeding. I have a 3 year old son at home,which I did not br___tfeed, I tried but just couldnt get him to latch on right and I got frustrated and gave up. What are the pros and cons?? I will be returning to work, what do you do then use pump? I really know nothing about it-any advise would be great--Thanks!!!!

 

missy - January 10

oh, by the way I am 21 weeks pregnant

 

Christy - January 10

Pros- If you are small chested, you'll have bigger b___bs! LOL! Also, it is convenient in the sense that you don't have to prepare any bottles. It is the best food for your baby nutritionally and digestively (it is more easily absorbed than formula.) It helps your uterus shrink down to its original size and may help you lose the baby weight. It is a nice bonding expereince with the baby. It is cheaper than formula. Cons- Initially frustrating/difficult ( as you already found out with your first.) You may have to avoid certain foods, but not for sure. Unless you pump and store your milk, only you can feed the baby. Engorgement/blocked ducts/mast_tis all suck! (Pun intended- lol!) As for pumping for work, it is my understanding that most women pump 2-3 times at work and nurse at home. The milk you pump at work is what you take in bottles to daycare/babysitter. It is good to practice pumpingand giving baby the bottle a week or two before going back to work to make sure your baby gets the hang of it. Good luck with the rest of your pregnancy.

 

Lisastar9 - January 10

I know you will get alot of answers to this question but for me I am a stay at home Mom and I b___stfeed bf for short my two boys and will with this one too. My youngest is 3 and still feeds 3 x a day I am due in March. I am not saying this is something you have to do but it is something I am still doing. My boys are very close to me due to the fact of bf. They never had formula in their life and God willing this one too. It doesn't come natural like people think,or shall I say like I thought. I would read in google search b___stfeeding ,their are lots of info on the subject. Maybe go to a couple of LLL.org meeting before hand before the baby is bornif you can. Get help in the hospital when you have problems if you are not satified with one person ask another for help. Don't give up it takes work to learn teh art of bff for both mother and child. Also read the bf section in this forumand back to work issues I am sure you will get s lots of tips there. If you like something bookmark it and save it for future reference. By askig question now you are on your way to having a good bf experience to begin with before baby is born. I am not saying you won't have problems but you are abke to tackle what comes yyour way cause you are trying to be prepared. . Godd lUCK WITH YOU FUTURE CHILD.

 

Lisastar9 - January 10

Sorry about the capt's

 

AutumnsMommy - January 10

Hi Missy! Autumn is almost 4 months old and I returned to work about 5 weeks ago. I intend to BF for as long as she wants to into toddlerhood. I pump 3 times at work and get an average of 16 ounces a day. I use a double electric pump...I started with a singe manual but the electric one is much more convenient and faster. At first, it is very hard to find the time to store and freeze the milk, and wash the pump parts. But, actually, after a few weeks, it was so easy, it felt like second nature. Now I actually have spare time in the evening after Autumn goes to sleep!! Pros of BF'ing: wonderful closeness and bond between mother and baby, cheaper than formula, the healthiest food in the world for baby, prevents mother from getting sick later in life (helps prevent cancer, osteoporosis, diabetes...), you'll lose the baby weight faster...for me, being a mommy and BF'ing gives me a feeling of purpose in life, it's wonderful to know that I'm giving my baby something no one else can... Con's: It is hard in the beginning. I had flat nipples, so getting Autumn latched on was very difficult at first--she would try and scream, try and scream...and it is kind of painful sometimes for a week or two. Buy some Lansinoh cream...it does wonders for cracked and irritated nipples. Actually, you might want to start using it while you're pregnant to get your body ready. A lot of women stop BF'ing when they go back to work, (which is fine if that's what they want) but for me, going back to work was even more of a reason to continue BF'ing. After being apart from Autumn the entire day, there's nothing like going home, sitting on the couch and nursing. At that moment, it seems like we've been together all day...we both look forward to it I think. I so encourage you to b___stfeed your next baby...you won't be sorry! If you have any other questions...that's why we're all here!

 

Lynn - January 10

I definietely agree with Autumns Mommy - there is nothign like b___stfeeding & the bond it creates between you and your baby. I had my daughter about 7 weeks ago & have b___stfed her from the beginning. I am back at work this week and have been taking her with me as we don't have available daycare until april, but I pump usually in the middle of the night during those feedings. I usually feed her one one side & pump the other. By doing this at her 1 am and 3 am feedings I can get 8 ounces of milk. I have it stored in the freezer for later use if needed. I also pump in the afternoon only one side & get anywhere from 2.5 - 4 ounces & that goes in a bottle for dh to give to her that evening - only to get her used to the bottle for when she goes to daycare. I plan to b___stfeed exclusively until she is at least 6 months old and then continue on to when she wants to wean herself or she has conpet_tion froma younger sibling - whichever comes first. I read LOTS AND LOTS of books on b___stfeeding when I was pregnant & I think that helped. All I heard from other moms who had trouble was "It doesn't come naturally, its really hard & you have to work at it to get it right" SO I was prepared for it to be work - even though my dd latched on from the very beginning & other than not being able to eat certain foods, she does fine. I also read a lot about the drugs given during labor & delivery and how they affect the baby and possibly interfere with b___stfeeding for SOME Moms & Babies so I opted for a drug-free birth too - but that one is up to you:)

 

Jamie - January 10

I had a hard time b___stfeeding at first - I had large, flat nipples, and my daughter had a small mouth - put 'em together, and you get great big latching issues. Yuck. Anyway, I ended up having to use a nipple shield for 2 months. It sucked (ha ha) but was worth it. After 2 months, my husband lost the shield, so I had to get my girl latched on the natural nipple - whaddya know, it worked, and it's been smooth sailing ever since. I guess my point is - b___stfeeding is like riding a bike. Once you learn how, it's a piece of cake, but it's gonna take you a minute to learn, and you gotta stick to it, even after you fall and sc___pe your knee. There's nothing wrong with "training wheels" (nipple shield) because they're there to help you through it. You just can't let yourself quit. Set a goal, and when you obtain it, set a new goal. Like, at first, tell yourself you're going to exclusively b___stfeed for 1 month, no matter what. Then, when you reach that goal, give it 2 more weeks - then 2 more. Before you know it, you'll be able to b___stfeed in your sleep, and probably will!

 

missy - January 10

thanks for your replies, they have been very helpfull!!! I will get some books or something on it to get me better prepared. Lynn, I will be having a c-section do you think that will affect anything??

 

Toya - January 10

The pros of breatfeeding definitely outway the cons. Here are the pros: It protects your baby from many infantile illnesses such as ear infections and gastrointeritis. It has proteins in it that tell your baby when he or she is full and so the baby only gets what he or she needs instead of more or less. There is the foremilk of the b___stmilk that is very watery and keeps your baby hydrated and there is the hindmilk of b___stmilk that contain a lot of calories and fat. The good thing about this is that your baby can nurse when he or she is thirsty, because he or she will only suck long enough to get the foremilk. Breastfeeding promotes great teeth and jaw development. It also promotes great brain and eye development. It's very rare that a baby is allergic to his or her mother's b___stmilk. Nutrients in b___stmilk are absorbed much better than the nutrients in formula. These are the benefits for the mother. You get to rest while baby is nursing, because nursing can easily be done laying down or sitting upright. You don't have to wash bottles, mix formula, heat formula. You save money, because b___stmilk is free. Nipple stimulation causes the uterus to contract and thus shrinks it to prepregnancy size very fast. You burn 500+ calories per day b___stfeeding, so it can really help in postpregnancy weight loss. In fact, one of the reasons why your body stores fat during pregnancy is because those fat deposits are used during b___stfeeding. It's a bonding time for you and baby. Pumping is a great idea! Pumping takes more practice than b___stfeeding. You may only get a couple ounces the first time you pump, but keep doing it...you'll start getting up to 8oz from each b___st while pumping. For me, the only con to b___stfeeding was that my daughter didn't like the bottle because I didn't introduce it to her often...I did not like pumping! So, she did not take the bottle until she was almost 6 months old. But the benefits outway all of the disadvantages!!!!! I b___stfed exclusively for 6 months and as I've said before I would like to go a full year with my next child. Good luck!!! Oh yeah, one extra piece of information...If possible start b___stfeeding within minutes of the birth of your baby...I did this and I did not have any problems with the latch.

 

Jamie - January 10

Missy, I had an emergency c-section; they gave me percocet and ibuproffen for the pain, and said that I was still able to b___stfeed. May I ask why you're having the c-section?

 

Kristina - January 10

pros- it is WAY healthier for the baby..they are now linking alot of adult obsesity and diseases to being formula fed...cons- it's hard to actually get out and do stuff like you used to be able to!

 

Sheila - January 10

Go to a La Leche League meeting. You will learn a lot there and set up a support system for yourself before your baby comes.

 

missy - January 11

hey Jamie, I am having a c-section b/c with my first I was unable to deliver v____ally b/c my pelvic bone is to small!! Thats a good idea about the nipple shield, I too have large flat nipples!!!!!!

 

AutumnsMommy - January 11

Missy, Hi again! I didn't have a c-section, but my friend did and she has a 9 month old that she is currently BF'ing. She said that she didn't have any troubles except the positioning can be tricky until the incision is completely healed. I think she said that the football hold and lying down worked really well.

 

Jamie - January 11

I second the football hold, but lying down was hard for me at first, because of the pressure it put on my incision.

 

Lynn - January 11

I have read lots of things that say a c-section may create problems with b___stfeeding, but I had a very close friend have a c-section and she had absolutely no problems with b___stfeeding. Her milk even came inthe next day.. mine took 3 days!

 

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