Anyone Not Breastfeeding

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melody - September 11

i plan to bottle feed only.. does anyone know if i need to bring formula/bottles to the hospital with me to feed after delivery? also, do nurses give you a hard time if you don't want to br___tfeed?


Andi - September 11

I don't know if you have to bring your own formula- the hospital should have a supply for you, some women do have the ability to b___st feed, you lose the ability after 3 days. And the nurses shouldn't give you a hard time, it is your decision if you want to b___st feed or not, but they do want you to at least try- it is the best thing for your baby and you get more nutrients than with formula- you should at least try.


Ranya - September 12

How about b___stfeeding your baby just the colostrum? I'm not judging you at all, you should do what you think is best for you, baby, and your lifestyle. Just in case you don't know, here's an excerpt of the benefits of colostrum: "Colostrum actually works as a natural and 100% safe vaccine. It contains large quant_ties of an antibody called secretory immunoglobulin A (IgA) which is a new substance to the newborn. Before your baby was born, he received the benefit of another antibody, called IgG, through your placenta. IgG worked through the baby's circulatory system, but IgA protects the baby in the places most likely to come under attack from germs, namely the mucous membranes in the throat, lungs, and intestines. Colostrum has an especially important role to play in the baby's gastrointestinal tract. A newborn's intestines are very permeable. Colostrum seals the holes by "painting" the gastrointestinal tract with a barrier which mostly prevents foreign substances from penetrating and possibly sensitizing a baby to foods the mother has eaten. Colostrum also contains high concentrations of leukocytes, protective white cells which can destroy disease-causing bacteria and viruses." Having said all that, the nurses have no right to treat you differently but they might try to persuade you.


Jenett - September 12

Don't let anyone talk you into anything you don't want to do. I'm not b___st feeding for personal reasons and don't feel I should explain myself to anyone. A lot of babies are bottle fed these days and turn out just fine. If you haev a nurse that gives you a hard time.. then tell her to leave your room and send someone else. You don't have to take c___p from anyone.


karine - September 12

No...well here in canada they provide the formula until you leave and they will even give you a couple of cans to go home with LOL..and on top of that i had asked them if they could give me a couple of all made sterilized cans to bring home...cause i hadnt had the chance to sterilize mine yet...they gave me 2 big cans of enfanlac and 2 big case of mini enfanlac all made bottles with sterilized nipples. i was happy! LOL I was one of those fw mothers and really didnt want to b___stfeed. They only asked me...what i was going to do so they right it in the folder for the nurses use. and i said formula...they wrote it down, and i didnt get bothered after. i just didnt want to be b___stfeeding every 2 hours, and it being painful, i have an active life, and i babysite alot. so it was for me. But instead of buying all made baby jar food, i homemade all the food. so my kids benefited from that. I would spend 2-3 days a month (allday) to cook/blend/freeze all the food. Today daughter is 3 son is soon to be 2, and i still cook/mash/freeze. for days when i dont want to cook or when they go seomewhere else. In my blends i put carrot/potatoes/brocoli/spinach/peas/corn/now alphabet letters LOL/celery/green pepers/little ognion/ pretty much any veggie i find//with chicken or hamber meat. so they are garanteed meat and A big variety of veggies a day We all have our different opinions/life and we cant all b___stfeed...for some reason or another. but you can make up on other things


J - September 12

I am not b___stfeeding and didn't with my son. No one but those close to me pressured me into b___stfeeding. The hospital provides the formula and the bottles.


kris A. - September 12

I am not b___stfeeding - I have three happy, healthy teenagers who are honor roll, athletic, vibrant kids who also were not b___stfed. I am facing intense pressure from family and friends - or was, until I posted a thread about a month ago... hubby read it, and has been more resigned to my decision... anyways, I digress - you dont take formula with you, they'll take care of that... and the nurses didn't give me any pressure at all... sometimes well meaning friends, family, and pro-b___st feeders make it seem like a bigger deal than it is. Breast milk is undoubtably best for baby, but it is a personal decision and nurses seem to honor that more than family...


teigan - September 12

my midwife was fantastic until it came to b___st feeding, i said i was going to bottle feed, she ignored me, grabbed my b___b, and put reece on it, and told me b___st is best, this unsettled reece he cried solid for 16 hours, people on the ward were going bonkers, then i said to another midwife i want a bottle, and he just suckled and suckled, there not always right, i was b___st fed, and i always have colds, chest infections, and im never well, so i think its just society push you in to it, the hospital supply here in the uk, dont know where you are, im not saying its not good for the baby as i bet it is, but i dont think it should be pushed on people as then you feel like a failure. good luck


Julie - September 12

Thank you to some of you who are not forcing the issue. I have a healthy son and am not b___stfeeding this time either. My sister had nothing but trouble b___stfeeding and her doctor actually told her to stop and give the kid formula. He said her son was not thriving on b___stmilk and was small for his age. My sis in law b___stfed all her kids and they are always sick and were never daycare kids. I am sticking to formula feeding because that is what I am comfortable with and am sick of people trying to push their views down my throat!


Erin - September 12

Teigan, I can't believe she'd have the nerve to do that!! Oh my goodness!! Melody, you could call your hospital to find out. Different hospitals have different things they provide or don't provide. If you have a particular brand of formula you'll be using, you might want to take that with you, but otherwise I'd just call to find out. This is a personal decision and the socially acceptable or encouraged choice varies by generation. It used to be b___stfeeding as the norm. Then, the women's lib movement said, "we should have control over our bodies" and formula became the norm. My MIL said that no one she knew bf'ed and was surprised when I said I wanted to bf until at least 6 months. But, in recent years, bf'ing has become the social "norm" and that's why we feel like outcasts sometimes (I had to stop bf'ing due to my son's health at 2 months). Anyway, just wanted to add some encouragement to my advice to call the hospital. Good luck with delivery!!


Amaya's mommy aka Stephanie - September 12

The hospital we were in, had the ready made bottles of enfamil and you just take a cap off and put one of the nipples on. But they actually had us use a syringe thing to feed her at first.


Hi - September 12

b___stfeeding isn't for everyone. I never really put any thought in it until the nurse came in a took my b___b and put it in my son's mouth!! He took, so I continued. My cousin is pregnant and due next month and she absolutely feels that no way can she have a baby sucking on her b___b!! Which is normal-but they do supply everything. I even brought home tons of formula to supplement if it didn't work out.


to Melody - September 12

Hi I am not b___stfeeding and I have two other son's who are very healthy that I did not b___stfeed and the hospital gives you formula there and for a couple of days after you get home...I think it is up to you and nobody should give you a hard time it is not up to them it is up to you and what you want....good luck...


kl - September 12

with my daughter they provided the formula and it already came premixed in a bottle...i didn't have to bring a thing...i wouldn't listen to those who say to daughter is now 2 years old and healthy...she has only been sick twice...i am pg again and i don't plan on b___stfeeding with this one either


geri - September 12

no, they will give you plenty of formula..and plenty to take home..and don't worry about what other people tell is your kid and plenty of us were not nursed as infants and we are all fine...


Jamie - September 12

Make sure the hospital and every single person who could possibly be caring for you after delivery knows that you don't want to b___stfeed. I had a c-section, and was heavily medicated afterwards; a nurse put my baby on my b___st, and left her there, without checking latch or anything; I was totally unaware of it, and my husband was out of the room, calling our families, so the bad latch caused serious problems. Anyway, I did intend to b___stfeed, and I am b___stfeeding, but the same thing could happen to you.



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