can we please not derail this thread into a debate about breastfeeding in public?
This is about breastfeeding in general and helping a new mum to be with information and support about the decision to breastfeed.
Hi there, I dnt bf due my milk never coming in....I was sooo sure I wud bf I felt soo strongly about it n as a formula feeding mummy I often feel judged...I get looks asked why I'm taking the easy way out and have been asked why wudnt u bf dnt u want bond with ur child...ne way I popped in to say that Its naturally beautiful seeing a mother bf and a mother should be able to bf wen and were she pleases, considering the baby feeding room is also a change room with ova flowing nappie bins that smell horrible, I dnt see why a mum wud bf in there, the change rooms smell soo bad I have to change my sons nappiw in the disabled toilets...I praise all you bf mummies and hope u all continue to bf were u wish to xx
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Your baby and your boobs are really one organism, and decoupling them, either by limiting access to the breast or bottle feeding, is taking a risk. The earlier you do that, the higher the risk.
I believe that babies have a right to be breastfed and mothers have a right to breastfeed their babies. Many social and economic barriers exist which prevent women breastfeeding. Paid maternity leave should mean women don't have to return to work in the early months. Laws have been put in place to prevent discrimination. But sadly many women struggle to Breastfeed, physically and psychologically.
Not being breastfed has long term implications for both maternal and infant health and wellbeing. As we plan for a healthy pregnancy I believe we should plan and invest in a healthy infancy. As mothers I also believe that we have a duty to look after ourselves, so we can be there for our children in the long term. We know Breastfeeding is a healthy and normal activity for mothers, like eating well and exercising. Not Breastfeeding increases your risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancer and diabetes.
Not all women can Breastfeed, just like not all women can exercise, but those who can, should do so, because it is healthy and normal. Your employer and family should support you in looking after your baby and yourself. It's in all our interests to support Breastfeeding because we should all want to live in a society where babies have the healthiest start to life.
What the nurse advised in the above reply was wrong, wrong WRONG! How dare she say that breast feeding your bubba was "pointless" due to the fact that you would eventually have to swap to formula. Even a single day of breast feeding is hugely beneficial to your baby, the colostrum is liquid gold, not to mention the amazing and magical bonding you will experience. I had a similar experience with a pushy midwife and if I hadn't been so vulnerable and exhausted maybe I would have, COULD have, had a better experience.
Last edited by ~Marigold~; 19-01-2013 at 00:03.
I haven't read all the replies but op, going straight to formula isn't the easy way out at all.
Breast feeding is so convenient, so cheap, so inclusive and if you can.it's usually the best option.
It has benefits for both you and baby. Helping your hormones, your uterus to contract and shrink, helping both you and baby sleep better through hormone release, bonding, pacifying instantly available, pre mixed, prepackaged, preheated...
Expressing can be tiresome and not all mummies can actually do it, but surely that would be something to find out down the track? I found that even when i went back to work my expressing time actually gave me time out, and eventually i got to the point that i barely expressed when my son was away but still had enough milk for him when he was on hand. I didn't comp with formula but would have preferred to comp with formula than to not bf at all.
Before i sign off my likely incoherent post... Hugs to all the mummies that shared their stories about being miss informed, undermined etc. you are all awesome. You're all still being do supportive and if nothing else your stories have no doubt brought positive change to others through enlightenment. Thanks and oooommmmmm. (sorry felt like i should be sitting lotus position smiling through my yoga and mediation after saying that)
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I only Bf'd my children for 2 weeks and 8 weeks but Im all for BFing, if it works!! Breast or bottle, I dont stand at the gate at school and conduct a survey on how the kids were fed
First time round I struggled, and the amount of PRESSURE from people to bf'd and the attitude I copped when I stopped spiralled my PND, second time round I had a thicker skin. Half my friends bottle fed and half breast fed, I certainly never thought for a second that when the baby needed a boob to tell the Mum to go away!! People who damn it inappropiate, have you seen them eat? Their table manners are diagusting! And they are offended?!! Lol!!
OP, you do what YOU feel is best, not what others tell you what you should be doing. Good luck
Last edited by Mahjong; 19-01-2013 at 07:20.
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