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    Default Would you express if you were planning on bottle feeding...

    Would you express if you were planning on bottle feeding (formula) from day one, for the benefits to your body?

    EDIT: sorry should have put more info into start with, it was clear in my head so thought it was on everyones, woops!

    I can't breastfeed because of medication I take passing through the breastmilk and being harmful to bubs. When I mentioned to my dr that I would like to take the tablet to dry up my breast milk, he suggested I express for a week or two to help my uterus and abdominal muscles do what they are suppose to do when breastfeeding!

    I can see where he is coming from, but can't quite get my head around it!
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    Never thought about it. I'd say no, not purely for my own benefit. If I was giving that expressed milk to my child then maybe. But then again, if I was going to give expressed breast milk to my child, I'd just give her boob and save the hassle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swizzlestick View Post
    Would you express if you were planning on bottle feeding (formula) from day one, for the benefits to your body?
    my head just exploded.

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    As in throw out the breast milk??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Etienne View Post
    As in throw out the breast milk??
    Yes!

    I can't breastfeed because of medication I take passing through the breastmilk and being harmful to bubs. When I mentioned to my dr that I would like to take the tablet to dry up my breast milk, he suggested I express for a week or two to help my uterus and abdominal muscles do what they are suppose to do when breastfeeding!

    I can see where he is coming from, but can't quite get my head around it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thermolicious View Post
    my head just exploded.
    Oooookkkkkkkk! I apologize for causing said head explosion, maybe I should have elaborated in my original post...

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    Why wouldnt you just give it to your baby??

    That would be like having a planned c section then pushing a watermelon up just for the experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swizzlestick View Post
    Yes!

    I can't breastfeed because of medication I take passing through the breastmilk and being harmful to bubs. When I mentioned to my dr that I would like to take the tablet to dry up my breast milk, he suggested I express for a week or two to help my uterus and abdominal muscles do what they are suppose to do when breastfeeding!

    I can see where he is coming from, but can't quite get my head around it!
    Ahh that makes sense lol!

    Well first I would be trying to find out it there was a different medication that would be safe (or safer) when I looked at taking anti depressants I found my states major maternity hospital good, if not then probably not, well maybe to relieve engorgement but thats about it. I don't mean to pry or whatever you want to call it but if you were interested in giving your baby donated ebm you could get in contact with your states human milk for human babies Facebook page, jic you didn't know that was an option.

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    There are pros and cons to expressing..
    pros: Yes, your uterus will contract and go back to original size faster, helps with blood loss following birth etc..
    Cons: once your milk comes in, it will be harder to stop expressing, you could not just go cold turkey, you would have to gradually decrease the amount you express each day, otherwise you could get mastitis, which you DEFINATLEY want to avoid. Expressing is also time consuming and tiring, you need time to sit and pump (can be dificult when you have a newborn to care for), then sterilising equipment etc.

    However, it may be worth continuing to express if sometime in the near future you will not be on medication that is harmful to bub, then you could establish breast-feeding or feed expressed milk to bub....

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    No I wouldn't.

    Breast feeding after pains are horrific and if I wasn't getting the benefit of giving my child breastmilk for that pain - no thanks.

    I think the benefits of breast feeding by helping the uterus contract quicker would just do your head in. Especially establishing a bond with your baby you don't want to be trying to look after bubs and get a hang of bottle feeding then pump and dump.

    If you would need to hire/buy a breast pump I think it would be a waste of money also. I'm not sure how effective hand expressing for the purpose of contracting the uterus would be?

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