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    For the moms who bottle fed from day 1...

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    How much pressure did you get from the hospital staff to at least try BF?

    Did you have to bring your own formula/bottles to the hospital?

    Did you bottle feed right after birth?

    Sorry for all the questions, but I have gone back and forth for weeks about BF or not BFing and finally decided to bottle feed. I have tried searching the internet for articles on bottle feeding right from birth and while there have been some, it is mostly about BFing.

    Any tips, comments, experiences you have about bottle feeding right from day 1 would help greatly!
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    I got absolutely no pressure from the staff at the hospitals. With ODS, I was at the base hospital, so they could honestly care less. With YDS, he was 6 weeks early, I didnt have a choice. He was tube feed for almost a full two weeks after he was born and had to be put through 3 different types of formula before we found one that his stomach agreed with.

    As for tips and advice, make sure you have the right nipple size!!!! Totally made that mistake with ODS. The hospital didnt give us newborn size at the hospital, so we had to bring our own (they were getting rid of L&D and had already moved majority of their supplies. I was three weeks early and wasnt suppose to even have him there).
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    I got a lot of pressure when i delivered vaginally, but with my c-section they really let it go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by abbienikol View Post
    I got a lot of pressure when i delivered vaginally, but with my c-section they really let it go.
    Just curious...why did the type of birth matter to them? That is very interesting.
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    I didn't get any pressure they just said they could have a nurse show me how if I wanted then from there I heard nothing about it till I asked if a nurse could help and see if she;s try to latch on. Which I wanted to try because it would of been WAY cheaper but after many times of DD going "" from her being terrified of my boobs I finally went with what they suggested and had for the babies there. (which I can't blame her they were bigger then her whole body. )


    No we didn't bring any of our own but they had plenty of "free" pre-made bottles they used for the babies so we used those till we left. I had already gotten some formula but of course we managed to forget it even though my aunt swore we packed it. (I worked full time up till 3days till DD came out and I was also in high school still.... So my aunt was nice enough to put my bag together.)

    I bottle fed DD within the first hour or so of her popping out into the world.

    Everything went easy with DD and bottle feeding she sucked down well over an once more then what I was told she should be eating. Hopefully things go smoothly for you and your little one doesn't have any allergies.
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    We bottle fed ODD formula and breast milk. The hospital didn't pressure me into anything. They had formula there to feed her and gave us a little extra to take home with us when we left. When she was a day old I started pumping milk because my breast hurt so bad...that I cried. So she got breast milk every other feeding until my milk dried up 6 weeks later.

    With YDD it was different. She was sent to Children's hospital when she was two day old and they kinda pushed me to pump milk for her since it was the best thing for her at the time being born a little early. I had planned on breast feeding anyway for it didn't bother me when they were a little pushy. They had a room set up at the hospital for women who wanted to pump milk for their babies...which was so nice.

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    I delivered vaginally and got SO much pressure. The lactation specialist came in and spent about 30 minutes going over all this stuff, refusing to listen when I said I wasn't BF'ing. She then told me, not asked, but told me she'd be back the next day to get Emma to latch. I had my regular RN go and speak to her because she was attempting to force it on me.

    Emma came out in a harsh way so they took her immediately to my MIL to be fed when she was born. We did decide to pump so they provided us the pump and attachments, we got to keep the attachments, and they gave us individual bottles of formula for Emma to supplement with. Emma took to it on the first bottle, so I don't have experience with a baby who doesn't want to.



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    So if you don't BF from the start..when do you start to dry up. What is that process like...I'm almost afraid to ask!
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    I dried up 2 weeks later, but I was told by 2 different OBs that it was very rare for that to have happened. My OB said there are herbs or prescriptions they can give you to help with milk production if it dries up before you are ready for it to.



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    I was planning on supplementing w/both breast milk and formula and I got SO MUCH pressure from both the nurses and the LC at the hospital on post. I was literally in tears after the nurses would leave because they were so rude and put so much pressure on me to BF. I gave it a shot, but it was stressing me out so much that I just couldn't continue. It got to the point that I wasn't looking forward to seeing L because I knew they'd try and get me to BF again. Had I just been firm in my decision at first (when I decided to finally just bottle feed), I would have been a lot happier, but I was a pushover.

    I had a male LC come into my room and basically take my child from me for over an hour and "show" me how to BF. It was uncomfortable and weird, and I really should have said something, but I didn't. If that happens again, you can bet your bottom dollar I'll be speaking up.

    It took me about 2-3 weeks or so to dry up, but I was still trying to pump as much as I could. I was really engorged too and the only way it helped to ease the pain was to pump.

    Basically, what it comes down to is this: YOU are the mother, not them. It is YOUR decision how you will feed your child-and that is all that matters. As long as your child is being fed and loved, it doesn't matter how.
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