Question For Teen Moms From E

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E - October 27

I realize this is personal but I am honestly curious about this... At your ages, 13 - 18, I was very self-concious about my body and puberty was difficult for me. I wonder, do you plan to br___tfeed? I ask b/c I remember how I felt about my body back in the days and I do not think I would have felt comfortable. Of course I hope you do, even if you feel self-concious b/c it is the best nutrition for your baby. Anybody care to inform me? Thanks for sharing.

 

K - October 27

I'm 18 and going to b___stfeed. I'm completely comfortable with it.. I mean if you aren't comfortable enough with your body after going through labour...I don't know what else it takes :) it's a natural thing, and like you said, the best start in life you could give your baby.The only thing I'm concerned about is I'm going back to school 2 mnths after the baby is born..and I don't know..i'm going to feel weird going in the bathroom at lunch and pumping my milk lol. or being the only girl I know at school who wears nursing bras and pads so I don't leak all over my shirt lol

 

K - October 28

I'm 37 wks by the way, and I've taken b___stfeeding cla__ses and I also see a nutritionist.

 

Daile - October 28

When my sister had her son at 15, she planned on b___stfeeding, but gave up after a few weeks because he wasn't getting enough milk that way. I think that being self-concious is hard to do after having s_x and delivering a baby. By that time, I think you would have already had several people see you in the buff, so it would be a moot point.

 

E - October 28

My mom had me at 19 & did not b___stfeed me. I think she was so ashamed of her pregnancy that if she appeared to be bonding with her child, she thought it might send a message that it was okay that she got pregnant out of wedlock. People were screwed up then. I was really curious how teens are affected by this.

 

steph - October 28

i am 3 months pregnant and do not plan on b___st feeding my mother did not do it and i am fine so i figure it is ok by the way i am 16

 

K - October 28

I don't think I'll have a problem with making enough milk.. I have been able to express like an ounce or so of colostrum since I was 5 mnths pregnant!! lol Steph, you should really look into b___stfeeding, and not make your decision just based on what your mother did. Breastfeeding isn't for everyone, but it's usually easy if you give it your best effort and if you are lucky enough to be able to you are doing great things for your baby.Formula does not compare to b___st milk.Breastmilk is easier for the baby to digest (less fussy babies :p), it reduces the risk of SIDS, allergies and other things.It helps you return back to your pre-pregnancy size faster because it will cause your uterus to contract and tighten up,it is cheap!! you will save TONS of money..formula is 30 dollars a wk.You dont have to heat anything up it is always the right temperature (very convenient in the middle of the night). It gives you a good opportunity to bond with your child, many mothers love the quiet time. Also your milk includes special antibodies and nutrients that are unique for YOUR baby, that will help their immune system.You should consider it, learn as much as you can and make a decison from there. I know many teen mothers don't b___stfeed because all of my friends who are mothers don't,but I really think it's a good thing..and you never know if you will like it or not till you try it.

 

K - October 28

Also, you can always pump and give your baby bottles, which gives the dad or grandparents a chance to feed the baby too.

 

E - October 28

(((K))) Hugs to K!! I am so happy you plan to b___stfeed and are so knowledgable about the benefits. Good luck.

 

E - October 28

Thanks for sharing your stories with me. I think this is an important topic and one people will not fight over. Hopefully more stories will post and some teens will change their minds about BF if they have misconceptions about it. I respect the fact that some girls do not make enough milk or have real, valid reasons not to b___stfeed. Some is better than none. If you can do it the first few days after giving birth, the colostrum that arrives shortly after birth and sometimes b4, is chock full of the antibodies that your baby needs. Blessings:)

 

E - October 28

I want to add that I had unsupportive, critical parents and I know they would have made me feel uncomfortable about b___stfeeding when I was 18. I probably would have used formula for that reason alone. I am 31 and have spent so much time reflecting on things about my teen years since becoming pregnant 5 months ago.

 

k - October 28

that's really a shame about your parents..I guess I am really lucky because My mom and my boyfriend's mom BF their kids and they are both being really encouraging and supportive.I don't really know how I will make out with b___stfeeding, and I'm kind of a bit nervous if it's going to hurt or not because I have extremely sensitive b___bs lol but I at least want to give it a good effort for the first month or two and see how it goes.I'm not really sure how things will work out either when I go back to school.

 

E - October 28

It is a shame. I hope my children feel loved and comfortable around me. I hope they feel they can talk to me if/when they are considering s_x. I am a believer in providing your children with birth control and tons of s_x ed if they express the need or appear to be in a s_xual relationship. Denying teens BC is the same as shoving your head in the sand and thinking they will abstain without it.

 

k - October 28

yeah that is so true.I'm hoping for the same relationship with my child.Actually my bf and I sat down one night and wrote a letter of all our hopes for the baby.Like we hope he/she feels loved, we hope they feel they can trust us..and stuff like that and put it in the baby book so they can read it when they are old enough to appreciate it.I have always been able to talk to my mom openly about s_x and anything else, and it was such a good feeling to not be pregnant and scared to go to her.She was the 1st person I told! lol I was on the pill as soon as I started highschool, even when I wasn't having s_x. It was my own choice but I wasn't scared to ask my mom about going on it. I still got pregnant though..But it was my own carelessness i guess for being so d__n fertile and not doubling up on the protection by using a condom as well.I guess I was just counting on the pill to be effective, and wasn't worried about std protection or anything b/c im in a long-term relationship and know we are both healthy and faithful.The baby was unexpected but I definitely think is already changing my life for the better.It motivates me to do as much with my life and my education as I can, and be a good role model, as well as stay away from bad ppl and things...It made me realize who my true friends are and what kind of ppl I should have as friends as well.

 

k - October 28

How far along are you anwyay?

 

E - October 29

Hi K - I am 18 weeks and it is a boy much to my husbands delight. He is terrified of having a daughter. If we ever have a daughter, I may try to convince her to go on the pill to regulate her periods. Although she may have regular periods, if I even suspect she is having s_x or has a serious boyfriend, THE PILL.

 

N - October 29

I'd think twice about that if I were you. The pill has caused me all sorts of fertility problems and its extremely unlikely I'll ever have kids. You wouldn't believe how common this either, I've talked to so many with the same problems. At least with condoms you know when an accidents happened and can do something about it then.

 

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