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    Breast Feeding-the pro's and con's.

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    Alright, so most of you know I'm going to be a first time mother, come lovely June.
    While my mom has had 5 of us, myself being the oldest, and the youngest being my 8 year old brother, I just don't want ALL of my advice to come from her. My future/possible MIL is INSANITY at it's worst, so I'm not asking her for anything, either.
    I've been reading up, researching while I can, and asking around to other mothers what they FEEL the pro's and con's to breast feeding are.
    I have a few specifics to ask.
    1) I read that breastfeeding can lower the risk and even prevent childhood leukemia and type 1 diabetes.
    2) American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusively breastfeeding for the first 6 months. I, however, doubt that many of them had sore nipples and a job to tend to daily.
    So, ladies, what are YOUR thoughts on breastfeeding? Your thoughts on not breast feeding? Please, do tell me anything and everything you feel. I am not biased either way, as I have never tried it before.

    Discuss!!!
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    I never had a sink full of bottles
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    I was never breast fed and I have the worst immune system in the world.
    But everyone I know who was breast fed are all pretty healthy. And even if they do catch something, it's gone really quick.
    So I think it's a good plan.
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    I did it for 3 weeks until it was apparently that Lydia was not doing well with it (she was getting quantity but the quality was lacking unfortunately). Honestly, after 3 weeks of the lactation nazi, pumping or feeding every hour and worrying myself sick because DD wasn't gaining weight, I was relieved to go to formula feeding.

    I think it's wonderful though and I really wish I had been able to keep up with it with Lydia. I will be trying again with this baby but I know better now that I will probably have to supplement and not be so stubborn about making it work.

    Oh, and I was not breastfed myself (my mother was sick when I was born and she was diagnosed with cancer when I was 6 months old, so that's probably for the better) and I have always been super healthy and mostly smart
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    Those are good points, girls. (The not having a sink full of bottles calls to me more than an immune system, so I'm clearly already a horrible mother.)
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    I BF DD because it was free. No bottles required. No worrying about taking formula where ever we go. It's easy and convenient. I BF her for 12 months with a part time job, so it can be done!

    another pro is your baby will get antibodies from you and that means you have a healthier baby!

    cons:
    it does hurt for many for the first week, sometimes longer
    clogged ducts
    engorgement
    if you're big on privacy, you might not feel comfortable BFing in public





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    Quote Originally Posted by KelsEllie View Post
    Those are good points, girls. (The not having a sink full of bottles calls to me more than an immune system, so I'm clearly already a horrible mother.)
    Noooooo... It means that you would have more free time to interact with your baby!
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    With ODS I had to pump cause he couldn't suck, I pumped for 3 months and was soo tired, I couldn't do it any more. With YDS I breast fed for 4 months and then he just started sucking soo hard, it hurt and he was nearly drawing blood (it was like big hickies on my nipples). I do believe in breastfeeding but don't let anyone tell you how long you should do it for, just do it for how ever long you feel comfortable. I know a girl that only breastfed her kids for their first month cause she felt uncomfortable with a baby sucking on her boob.
    My SIL had a baby last month and she just didn't produse any milk, She tried to feed, but just had nothing.


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    You never have to listen to your baby freaking out crying waiting for a bottle. You just pull up your shirt, and it's warm and ready to go.
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    I have read up on it too and I am completely for it. If you are working it doesn't mean the baby has to go without your milk, invest in a REALLY good breast pump and use a bottle. My sister is a paramedic and works 24 hr shifts. She only "breast" fed for the first 9 weeks and after that pumped and gave my niece a bottle.
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