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    So here's my battle with breast feeding.
    Feeding my son colostrum was fine. A bit pinchy but ok, he had only lost 60g by day4 and was feeding every 3 hrs so I thought I was doing a great job. Then my milk came in.
    Suddenly the baby blues hit me hard. My baby was crying to be fed all. The. Time. My nipples were bleeding and cracked, so i got nipple sheilds.He would feed solidly for 5 hours. Falling asleep at the boob only to wake 5 minutes later starving. I would give a good feed, rush to the shower and hear him crying from there. It was awful. I had everyone around me giving different advice "he mustn't be getting something from you if he's still hungry". It was heartbreaking. People would visit and say "your feeding him again??" and I course I would hide away to feed him. Once a night he would get a comp bottle, then sleep for a few hours satisified.

    When he was two weeks old the green poo started. So now I was making him sick??? I perservered until week 5. My stitches (2nd degree tear) were infected. I was close to the edge and hated everything. Formula was my saviour.

    So here's what I love, convenience, no self doubt (I know what/ how much he is eating), that without it I would of ended up severely depressed.

    I desperately wanted to bf. I'm not entirely over it. But I now know what our problem was. I had an oversupply so ds was only getting foremilk. Hence the green poos, low weight gain and constant hunger. I have since seen how I can battle this if it happens again

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    Default Re: What do you love about bottle feeding?

    Quote Originally Posted by kw123 View Post
    - bodily autonomy. I know it sounds awful but I really liked just having my boobs and body back to myself.
    That's another thing. After a shiz pregnancy, horrible labour and problems it was nice (maybe not the right word?) to have my body to me


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    Default What do you love about bottle feeding?

    Ill preface this by saying I think breastfeeding is quite an amazing beautiful thing. I have close friends who are long term breast feeders and I am their biggest supporters. Its funny I feel I have to say this first but I just feel better clarifying that . Being a bottle feeder doesn't make you anti breastfeeding. I'm quite the opposite .

    I bottlefed both children from birth . I never breastfed or wanted to breastfeed for many emotionally personal reasons to do with my body and breasts .

    I loved bottle feeding . From the minute my kids were born and I gave them that first feed It was magical . Every bottle feed was special and nurturing , with my kids wrapped and snuggled up against my chest as I gave them their milk while looking lovingly in their eyes . My husband got to experience the same as did my sister and dad and I loved that . They would ask me to do the next feed all the time , it was special for anyone that got to feed my kids .

    I can't really list the pro's and what I loved about it as tbh I don't have anything to compare to , it was just " my " normal and it was fantastic .

    I never felt I was missing out as there was no way I could have breastfed fullstop . I absolutely celebrate my bottle feeding experience !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kat10 View Post

    Ds is 5 months and refuses to take a bottle. I know I should be grateful that bf is going well and will probably get flamed for this post. But I feel so stressed out every time I'm out without him. If I'm grocery shopping and he's home with dh I rush around panicking and forget most of the shopping. I'm also stressing big time about going back to work.

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    I'm loving hearing all of these stories. I wish we'd had this section when DD was very little. Like some of you, I plan to try BF again when my next baby is born, but if it doesn't work then I am determined not to go through what I did last time with the guilt and the upset about it all. I will just keep reading this thread!!!

    Kw123 - I'm with you on the wine! Whenever anyone said to me "You can still have a glass of wine" I thought - ONE? Just ONE glass of wine???? Does not compute...

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    Default What do you love about bottle feeding?

    I never breasfed nor did I intend on it and I LOVE my decision. After a very traumatic labour and ending in an Emergency C-Section with a longer than average cut as bub got stuck, Bottlefeeding meant that DH could have the first feeding of DS which was a special moment for them. During my recovery due to an infection, I was given medication and Antibiotics to which I didn't need to feel guilty and DH assisted with night feeds ect.
    In Hospital DS was the most content baby as all others were BF.
    He slept through from 6 weeks old.
    I can leave him with the grandparents for a day without worrying about expressing.
    And people being able to share in feeding DS.
    Next bub u will do the same
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    Default Re: What do you love about bottle feeding?

    Quote Originally Posted by heeeeerekittykitty View Post
    Ill preface this by saying I think breastfeeding is quite an amazing beautiful thing. I have close friends who are long term breast feeders and I am their biggest supporters. Its funny I feel I have to say this first but I just feel better clarifying that . Being a bottle feeder doesn't make you anti breastfeeding. I'm quite the opposite .
    I understand this. When feeding would come up in conversations I would go 'I know breast is best...' We shouldn't have to though, but even though ds2 will be 4 this year I still say it.

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    Default What do you love about bottle feeding?

    Quote Originally Posted by Girl X View Post
    Kw123 - I'm with you on the wine! Whenever anyone said to me "You can still have a glass of wine" I thought - ONE? Just ONE glass of wine???? Does not compute...
    Totally! Maybe its because we are both from the UK?! Although having said that all the Aussies I know like a drink just as much lol!

    We are going to a cider "festival" on Saturday and it's DH's turn to drive - cannot wait!

    I also start sentences with "I know breast is best....". I can't stop myself. But I honestly don't feel like I have to justify myself as nobody knows the hell I went through before giving up BFing (apart from you ladies!).

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    Default What do you love about bottle feeding?

    Mum can look after DS for a couple of hours... That's about it not for too long bc I comp feed but sometimes it's nice to just get out for a couple of hours.

    Oh I did love that it gave me a happy, healthy, settled baby who started gaining weight instead of losing it!
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    Default What do you love about bottle feeding?

    My eldest was ff due to bf issues and my youngest is comp fed nowdue to supply issues. I love that others can give bub a feed, it was so nice to watch my gran feed my bub at Xmas this year, and my DD1 and step kids fight over giving her a top up bottle, it's so sweet!
    It's faster (for me) to give a bottle too. Bottle feeding certainly has its pluses!

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    Default What do you love about bottle feeding?

    Quote Originally Posted by Atropos View Post
    My eldest was ff due to bf issues and my youngest is comp fed nowdue to supply issues. I love that others can give bub a feed, it was so nice to watch my gran feed my bub at Xmas this year, and my DD1 and step kids fight over giving her a top up bottle, it's so sweet!
    It's faster (for me) to give a bottle too. Bottle feeding certainly has its pluses!
    I think it's lovely that someone who is so pro-BF can also see the positives of FFing

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