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    Default Re: What do you love about bottle feeding?

    Quote Originally Posted by Pickledpink View Post
    I never had intended to BF my DD but when she arrived 14wks early expressing was one of the only things I could do for her at that stage, then she was breast and bottle feed. I maintained this routine for 15 mths and I felt proud.
    Now finally pregnant again I will only be bottle feeding this one, whether early or not. I have no choice, as cancer took away my choices. I want to feel comfortable and am very happy to hear from other bottle feeders about the benefits.
    My beautiful DF brought it up before me and I felt a massive wave of gratitude when he said that he was looking forward to doing feeds, especially the night ones. My DD is also hoping to help out with feeds. I think this will bring a really strong bond to our blended family.
    I've told myself to look at the pros and will be happy with knowing how much babe gets, being able to take time out and leave babe with family, to not have to spend money on new underwear and def looking forward to a nice tall glass of Gin and Tonic!
    I'm so sorry to hear that
    You definitely have put a positive spin on bottlefeeding, which has you in the right direction

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    Pickledpink - That is a great way of looking at it! And how lovely for your DD to help with feeds. That's something I'd never thought of, and definitely something that will be a comfort for me if I end up FF my baby (getting DD involved).

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    Default What do you love about bottle feeding?

    Thanks redlips... I love your statement about "you" being the best thing for your child! I'm going to embrace that

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    Quote Originally Posted by redlipsandpearls View Post
    I was so worried about responses like that when breastfeeding was becoming such a battle, it made me put dd & I through hell for a little bit longer before I finally caved. Then I started telling myself that I was feeding my baby the best that *I* could give her and nothing else mattered.
    Im glad you could see the..hmm how can I word this...I want to say 'positive side of FF' but that sounds wrong. You know what I mean though OH, Im glad that you could see you were doing the right thing for you and your baby at the time

    I was just soo blissfully ignorant on soo many things.....still am and frankly I enjoy being that way. I didnt know it was supposed to be shameful to not be able to BF. The thought just never occurred to me.
    I visited my friend the other day whos baby was 3days old and she handed me a bottle so I could feed her daughter. She said she was on formula cos bubby wasnt latching on etc. etc. and it was just like 'oh ok cool..naww look at her, shes soo cute' ....the thought of tut tutting her "failure" was not present and thankfully she didnt seem upset by it either. Plus, I got to feed a 3day old Cuuuute!!

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    I wish more people were like you, London.

    Although, I think (hope) that most of us in here would feel the same way.

    A friend of mine keeps talking about putting her baby on to formula, as she's struggling and not enjoying BF. I just keep telling her to do whatever she thinks is best, and trying to support her in whatever she wants to do. However, she keeps justifying it to me, and saying how awful she feels about even talking about it - and I really am the last person in the world she needs to worry about in that regard! So sad that any of us feel that way - especially at a time when we should be enjoying our new babies.

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    Default Re: What do you love about bottle feeding?

    I really don't think it matters if bub is breast or formula fed, as long as they are! Although, if someone is hesitant to try breastfeeding, I will gently encourage them to atleast try, whatever they choose after that is not my issue.

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    Default What do you love about bottle feeding?

    My d's was ff from 8 weeks and lots of guilt thereafter. Dd was ff from 6months on, no guilt.
    What I liked?
    No more worrying about what I could eat/drink.
    No more worrying about supply, how much they're drinking, pumping, sore leaky boobs.
    No mastitis
    No depression
    Never running out or having a crying baby that's hungry with not enough to give.
    Dh getting up at night, sleeping in on weekends, having them babysat.
    Their feeds no longer being my only focus and concern.
    That's probably more what I didn't miss about bf than what I liked about ff, but same thing, ff the 2nd time came with alot of contentment after 6months of torture!!

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    Default What do you love about bottle feeding?

    I was very lucky in that my mother drummed it into me that my brother & I were ff from near birth (3 weeks for me, 10 days for him) & never suffered for it. I credit her with the fact that I felt no guilt about my decision no matter how much SIL & MIL tried to shame me!

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    Default What do you love about bottle feeding?

    Girls I took it as a good thing. I'm a do what you need to do to feed your baby person and have ff DD since 15 weeks old and will FF my next baby from the beginning and I haven't taken offense.

    In my mind I thought it was changed to prevent the 'breast is best above all else' brigade from coming in and trying to push their ideas or disagree with us. No?

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    Default What do you love about bottle feeding?

    Is it a mother thing to love wine? I'm not at the point of knowing how I'm going to feed (so sorry for butting in ^__^) but I'm open to the idea when bub comes along and honestly, the biggest perk I can foresee is my cans of v again!!! Having serious withdrawals and I'm not even halfway through pregnancy yet wahh. *goes back to reading everyone's stories*

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