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    Default Re: Breastfeeding Debate...

    Quote Originally Posted by Rosie Bb View Post
    FYI I never changed my tune. I stand by what I believe in. I think bf is best but don't understand why mothers would breastfeed in public when there's a mothers room just around the corner.
    Breast is best, be it given while sitting on a toilet, in a restaurant or at a sporting event. If the baby is being fed, that's all that matters. That is all.
    Don't derail this thread anymore with your narrow minded perception of breasts.

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    Hi guys

    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.

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    Default Re: Breastfeeding Debate...

    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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    Default Breastfeeding Debate...

    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LifeInShadesOfGrey View Post
    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.
    See, this p!sses me right off- nurses/midwives sticking their noses in and making new mums feel like sh!t if they can't automatically bf.
    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.
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    Default Breastfeeding Debate...

    Quote Originally Posted by Plexus Solaire View Post
    Hi OP,
    I have only read bits and pieces of the replies in this thread so my comment is purely based on your question. Just thought I'd share my experience as this debate is something that always stirs up emotion in me.
    I wanted to breast feed so very bad. When I had DS I managed for a couple of weeks but, for various reasons I switched to formula (not saying that that in itself is a bad thing, he has thrived and is now a fit, strong and healthy 13 year old... ) it's just that with my DD, born last year, I wanted desperately to give breast feeding another go and even refused to buy any bottles or formula as I was so certain I could do it. And I did, for just 24 hours. The moment DD was born I placed her on my boob and she happily guzzled away for 2 hours straight. I was ecstatic and so proud of myself and my little piggy baby girl! Whether she was just at it for comfort or actully got some colostrum (sp?) I don't know- but the next morning I woke to her cries and and naturally attempted to bf her again- except I couldn't do it. She was not latching correctly and my nipples were black and blue and bleeding from her previous attempt- apparantly I didn't ever have her attached properly and was now left with a painful, blistered mess. Combine this with exhaustion from just having given birth and practically zero sleep in 48 hours (my labour was induced after 45 hours of my water breaking and no regular contractons) and a nurse who shoved a piece of paper under my nose to sign over my right to breast feed (she was an evil bi.tch, she said to me, in my most fragile state, "you better decide what you want to do, either formula or breast feed her") some consent form if I wanted DH to bring ni bottles/formula) and me wailing "I just want to feed my baby!!", not to mention the breast feeding specialist informing me that I had very small nipples (which is why DD wasn't attached correctly) and would need nipple shields etc... I put my boobs away and formula fed.
    While it was a huge saviour and relief, I still, to this day (DD is 6 months) feel so much guilt over my failure to bf my baby. And I hate that I feel that way because there is abolutely nothing wrong with formula feeding at all, I know that, but for some reason I can't get ovr not succeeding at it.
    My DD is thriving and healthy, I guess my post is of no real value and I'm actaully surprised that I had the guts to share my personal experiences. Anyway, I hope that whatever happens you are not as hard on yourself as I am and have been; my advice would be: eveyones circumstances are different... as Pp have said, if it works, BF for as long as possible. But feel no shame in FF! I'm still trying to let go of my self disappointment and hope that everything works put for you.

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    Default Re: Breastfeeding Debate...

    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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    Default Breastfeeding Debate...

    Quote Originally Posted by Rosie Bb View Post
    FYI I never changed my tune. I stand by what I believe in. I think bf is best but don't understand why mothers would breastfeed in public when there's a mothers room just around the corner.
    Quick Q: Would YOU eat a meal in a room/resturant that smelt like poo? I highly doubt you would. This is what you are suggesting Mothers do when BFing.

    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
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    Default Re: Breastfeeding Debate...

    Quote Originally Posted by Rosie Bb View Post
    FYI I never changed my tune. I stand by what I believe in. I think bf is best but don't understand why mothers would breastfeed in public when there's a mothers room just around the corner.
    Whaaaat? People still complain about women breastfeeding in public? Gosh. Such a natural thing, let baby be fed somewhere comfortable I say.

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