Thank you for sharing your experience. It is hard making a decision now.. as you said i will feel different once hes here. I just feel like im being, for lack of a better word, selfish..and all the controversy surrounding the choice is making me feel guilty. I just want to be happy. I figure a happy mum=happy baby, and the most important thing is a full tummy.
Thanks ladies, its good to know mixed feeding is a viable option if 100% bf isnt for us. I know his dad wants to play a major part in feeding too and i think its important for them to also have a bond where bub feels safe and comforted by Dad.
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20-03-2015 21:42 #11
20-03-2015 22:01 #12
I breast fed for the first 4 months of DS's life with some expressing to store milk.
Pumping isn't as efficient as bub so it might not be easy to express/pump enough for a feed in one go, but you can combine expressed milk together.
And I found the more I did it, the better pumping worked for me.
My DS slept for 8 hours straight overnight so when I'd wake up, I'd be engorged. So much so that DS would struggle to attach his tiny mouth around my huge boobs!
I would express 80-100ml and then feed as normal.
Can you borrow/hire a quality pump to see how it goes for you before investing in one? It will make a difference!
After 4 months, I went back to work and struggled to express at work and get enough to store so went to mix feeding. It worked fine for us
20-03-2015 23:56 #13
My dd never took to the breast. I expressed until she was 10 weeks but it was never enough for her so she was mix fed and now fully formula fed.
21-03-2015 00:55 #14
Whatever happens, do your best, see what works and try not to feel guilty about it.
My mum *still* apologises to me for stopping breastfeeding early (apparently I only liked one breast and made mum super lopsided).
I'm like, I'm 34 now mum, everything has worked out ok, relax!! 😊
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21-03-2015 06:30 #15
I think my Mum had issues BF..she wasnt a very attached person my whole childhood and i think that might be where im getting the anxiety over it from...sounds silly, but im scared i wont be a good Mum! I guess it's the first timer jitters
My DF read the book "so your going to be a Dad" and he told me very of matter of factly.."well i feel prepared now after reading that..you need to buy so your going to be a Mum" Bless his cotton socks, hes got no idea whats ahead! Hahaha
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21-03-2015 15:44 #16
Hi OP. Congrats on your pregnancy :-)
I wanted to bf, but found that i couldn't - DS just wouldn't attach to my inverted nipples.. Early on, I hoped he'd be able to 'get it' as he got bigger, so i expressed and bottle fed EBM, and mix fed formula when i couldn't make enough to cover his needs.
Five months later, I'm still exclusively expressing! DS won't take the breast, and now he's a biter too! He clearly prefers the bottle. Ps my supply was established enough by about 6 weeks that i would give him EBM exclusively, but it's completely do-able to keep mixed feeding if you want to, as i understand it.
Exclusively expressing has been hard work, and not something i would really recommend... but it has had its real upsides too, such as DP being able to give lots of feeds, having more freedom to go out by myself for a bit, easier transition to daycare, etc.
If you're thinking about trying to do quite a bit of expressing, I'd recommend a double pump, maybe hiring a hospital-grade one if you can. Ps i haven't had mastitis yet, touch wood!
Good luck with whatever you decide. A fed baby is a happy baby :-) If you need any practical advice about expressing, just ask.
21-03-2015 16:11 #17
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