I went straight into FF. you just need to be strong if its what u decide to do. I was anxious about telling family but if they judged me too bad it's none of their business. I had no backlash from OB or private hospital. OB prescribed pills to stop milk coming in and it was the best decision for us
I too am another one who prior to DS arrival wanted to give bfing a go but would just see how I went. Now that he is here and I am having suspected supply issues I was devastated at the thought of having to stop already. So as pp said you may make a decision now and then change your mind once bubs is here.
If you do decide to go straight to ff then I have heard don't be surprised if bubs spits most of it back up as they are normally given too much for their tiny tummies. There is no reason to worry if this happens just wanted to mention it so you were aware.
I have also heard that private hospitals are less pro bfing than public so you usually get less resistance to choosing to ff.
Either way you go only you will know what you are comfortable with and that is ll that matters.
I had decided to FF because after DD was born I was due to go on medication that would be no good for her to take in if I BF.
Once I had given birth I decided that I would not go on the medication again at that stage and that I would give BF a go.
The nurses told me no, that it was pointless because if I ended up having to put her to FF it was pointless trying BF.
This ticked me off and DP didn't stand up for me and I was too tired so caved and FF. DD had no issues with spitting it up at all.
Once bub is born you'll know what you want. You might have it all set out but once bub comes along that might all change.
I was going straight back to work and had trouble BFing so went straight to formula... And regretted it!!! Perhaps wait until bub is born and go with your gut then
If I was in your situation I'd definitely give breastfeeding a go, with a view to either doing both formula and breastmilk or transitioning to formula once you go back to work. You may have a wonderful supply and find expressing easy, or formula might be perfect for you.
Do what works for you and your family, parenting is about much more than how you feed your baby .
Best of luck with your new baby!
You do what feels right for you and your baby. Everyone has different opinions as its what works for them.
I lost a huge amount of blood when giving birth and no one in the hospital told me that my milk may be very delayed or not come in at all. I found this out after a week when my midwife came to visit.
By then I had a screaming, non sleeping baby and we were extremely distressed. I turned to ff as she wasn't getting much, if any from me expressing & bfing.
I am disappointed that I couldn't bf, and was guilty for a long time, but my DD is bright, healthy & intelligent and I couldn't ask for more.
I was very much wanting to try it but determined not to feel bad if I couldn't. I couldn't bf my first for other reasons so this time I tried. I was the same as a pp, something clicked and I really realised how important it was to me, but I have a low supply. I've worked my butt off to build my supply but unfortunately I still have to comp feed. That said, mixed feeding is pretty good, you know. My DH can help by giving top up bottles, my baby still gets at the breast milk I can give her. Even some breast milk is better than none, even 1 bf per day is beneficial for your baby, especially at birth. Breastfeeding for the first few days (colostrum) benefits bubs immune system by providing your antibodies, helps to stabilise their blood sugar and offers protection to their gut. In your situation I would bf up until going back to work, then mixed feed.
I know formula is more convenient. There have been many times I've considered switching over completely. I guess (for me) the benefits of breast feeding outweigh any convenience factors.
I made the decision to breastfeed because
A) my mum had with all 4 of us as kids so it seemed like the natural thing to do.
B) it was free
C) I am way too lazy to get up and make bottles during the night when I could be sleeping. Or prepare them when I go out.
D) I wanted him to have the nutrients and be protected from sickness at least until he was immunised.
In your position I would try breastfeeding and that includes learning about it to give you the best possible chance of it working. Then when you have to go back to work reassess what will work for you and maybe switch to formula then.
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I'd atleast give it a shot and see how you go, like somebody previously mentioned sometimes breastfeeding almost becomes instinctive, I had a hard time bfing my 2 girls that when it came to the birth of my son I was almost certain i'd wean him as soon as i got home from the hospital. But once he was born it just hit me how important it was and how much I bonded with him and loved being so close to him. I went onto feed him for 8 months, it stopped me getting post natal depression too which is something i'm prone too and suffered from quite badly with my girls. Breastfeeding just feels so right now, I only weaned my DS so we could ttc again.
It's a personal decision and you do what is right for your family But I defeniatly do encourage you to give it a little try even if it's just those early days
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