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    Im surrounded by frirnds and family that are all extented bf and I was the only one that ff. Not my choice bf wasnt working for us and I didnt pursue it. I coped very little judgement and never felt pressured nor was I influenced to 'try again' when I had ds. He was straight on ff when he was born.

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    No one influenced me apart from all the pre-natal education I received from my hospital/midwives. It made breastfeeding the norm for me so I gave it a crack.

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    I suppose they did. My family all believe breastfeeding is ideal but the world isn't going to end if you have to formula feed. They also encouraged that we atleast give breastfeeding a try.

    This is how I looked at feeding when I was having dd and when I wasn't doing very well and decided to switch to formula they were supportive.

    ETA dh and his siblings were all breastfed and never had formula and he was sad that I couldn't keep breastfeeding. This time he is already super supportive with trying whatever we can to be more successful. It's nice that he cares so much
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    Not really, I was the only one from my close circle of friends that bf.. My family are all bfers though.. I just wanted to bf.

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    I don't think I was really influenced by anyone around me. My mum and mil never breastfed, my friends who have had babies before me didn't breastfeed for long but they have all been supportive of my decision to bf.

    I do think it depends on the person as to whether they will be influenced by those around them. For example I am very strong minded so once I made the decision I was going to give it a good go I don't think anyone would have been able to change my mine.

    But then there are others who would be more easily swayed by comments.

    Unfortunately I am now getting asked when I plan to stop now ds is 11 months.

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    I am exclusively bf'ing my 3 month old and my family think its crazy. The main influence for me was from a nutritional perspective but it'd be wrong of me not to admit that the weight loss factor also sealed the deal! The reduced amount if sterilisation is also handy!
    If bf'ing hadn't worked I wouldn't have sweated about formula. I was ff as was my entire family and we turned out great!

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    Yeah, the women in my family all breastfed, so it's not so much that I chose to breastfeed, it was just the normal thing to do and I never thought much about it, just did it.

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    Nope, I looked into it myself and made my own choice. I breastfeed, but my mum only breastfed for the first month and all DF's family formula feed. I also have heaps of friends who went straight to the bottle.
    I actually wish more people around me were breastfeeders. I don't have a huge amount of support or anyone to ask my questions.

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    It is a completely personal decision about what is best for baby and YOU as well. I personally breast feed but others around me have all gone formula and it doesn't matter. With the net around these days it's much easier to make your own informed decisions and not so reliant on those around you.

    I really dislike the forcefulness of the "breast is best" message. There are pros and cons to both sides. Remember, formula is not poison! You do what is right for YOU and your baby. I wish people would just accept each to their own.
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    One member of my family really pushed me to FF both my daughters because she did her sons and didn't see the point in BF.

    I'm having some issues BF DD2 at the moment, nothing crazy but I'm absolutely exhausted. This family member keeps making condescending comments, telling me I'm wasting my time BFing and DD would be healthier and putting on more weight if I FF. It's driving me insane and in my tired state I just want to tell her to fk off.


 

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