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    Default Breast feeding vs Formula Feeding??

    Thank you all so much for all your feedback and stories. Its great to hear both perspectives. Would all of you mummies who did breast feed recommend to get a breast pump to help with the sore breasts? Have heard its good to stop them from being so hard and full? And if you did use a pump, any specific brands you would recommend? Have heard medela is great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cassieh View Post
    Thank you all so much for all your feedback and stories. Its great to hear both perspectives. Would all of you mummies who did breast feed recommend to get a breast pump to help with the sore breasts? Have heard its good to stop them from being so hard and full? And if you did use a pump, any specific brands you would recommend? Have heard medela is great.
    I never bothered with any paraphernalia. I attribute this to my success - pumps aren't as good at getting milk out as your baby anyway. I successfully fed an extremely CHUBBY baby for years and I could barely pump a drop. You can just use your hands to get any excess milk out if your baby is asleep and you're sore. I always found that more efficient.

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    Sorry i have never used a pump.

    If your breast are full and hard, have a hot shower or put a wet warm face washer on them and allow them to drip or hand express.

    If your breast get sore or hot and hand expressing does not relief it than head straight to a dr.

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    What anewme said!

    I have seen friends fall into the pump trap. They try to pump, don't get much out (which is totally normal even for mothers with a perfectly healthy supply) so fall into the trap of starting fenugreek, formula top ups, worrying about not having enough and it's all downhill from there. I think pumps can be good for those who need them if they are away from their baby or similar, but for relief I actually think they'd do more harm than good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cassieh View Post
    Maybeline.. That's a long time to stick it out.. Good on you! Did it not get any easier for you??? Have heard to expect the first month to be awful... Was it still hard 3 months in?? Did anyone experience blood in their milk?
    No blood ... Terribly sore nipples .. Didn't feel like it was getting easier .. Although I had a lot of things going on at the time .. So I didn't have the energy to persist ..
    luckily now I know a lot more mums who bf .. They have all offered to come and give me help/advice/support ..
    I really would like to do 6 months ( no more then that ) ..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Benji View Post
    I think the best thing you can do if you want to breastfeed is focus on yourself and your baby. People will give you all kinds of horror stories and tell you formula is just as good, or will tell you that breastfeeding was easy as pie for them - neither are helpful for your situation as no two experiences are the same.

    Arm yourself with some books from la lache league, check out the ABA and make sure you get the contact details for a good lactation consultant in case of issues.

    All the best
    Arming yourself with information and strategies to deal with possible issues is a great way to go. Finding reliable sources of information is paramount, midwives, chns, friends, relatives and doctors are not always experts on breastfeeding!!

    I think horror stories have their place though. Horror stories I think help in setting some realistic expectations and knowing that the range of experiences of breastfeeding is extraordinarily wide and most of it is 'normal'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lemonpancakes View Post
    Plus breast milk isn't THAT much better than formula. Of course it's the natural choice but don't believe the hype about IQ points etc. your bub will thrive on either milk!
    I have to disagree with that statement. I don't really care about the iq, but to say it isn't that much different is very misleading!

    OP, I have fed 2/3 children, am bf ATM and looking back, I don't think there was anything that could be done to get my dd1 to bf. she just wouldn't latch, so formula was best for her (and me at the time) I also expressed for her. However, my son and dd2 were/are easy feeders ftom the start, it's like it was natural to them. After realising this, I feel less guilty about not bf dd1 as time goes on and after having 2 babies who bf without any issue.

    I've never had an issue with supply. Even when pumping, I could get at least 100ml from each side in 5 minutes, and that's with a manual pump.
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    Good point Bec. I just think back to telling a pregnant friend about my horrible birth and her going on to have a textbook birth. I still feel bad about that, and think I made her worry unecessarily. True about realistic expectations, I just get down that I hear so many bad ones because it doesn't have to be the norm/standard.

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    Oh and if you do get any cracks, not saying that you will but if you do lucas paw paw cream is the best. It is great for bubs bum and bits too. It is the only cream I use.

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    No, never owned a pump, never purchased formula.


 

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