I am getting closer to the due date for this new baby, and I am really stuck on how to feed her. I have breastfed, exclusively, before and it was the greatest experience for me. With the last baby I was not able to and I really hate the fact that I could not nurse her like my other kids. I want to nurse this one, but I am not sure about it. I will not have the support system like I did in the past. My husband will work 6 days a week, from early morning until late night. I will have the three kids by myself, and I also have the stress of my mother's illness and the fact that she is slowly creeping to her death bed. My father lives with us, but he really is no help. I want to breastfeed but I was thinking about nursing for the first couple of weeks until my milk came in, and then pumping after that. What do you think? Is it worth it? Has anyone done this before?
Answer by SpiritedTigress at 4:28 AM on Jul. 20, 2010
Answer by beckie66 at 11:35 PM on Jul. 19, 2010
Answer by MDT09 at 11:32 PM on Jul. 19, 2010
Answer by ecodani at 11:35 PM on Jul. 19, 2010
I also wanted to add there are benefits from the baby breastfeeding such as orthodontia, managing eye contact, shaping face structure and the reduction of SIDS.
Answer by MDT09 at 11:38 PM on Jul. 19, 2010
Answer by nsrush83 at 11:43 PM on Jul. 19, 2010
Pumping is really, really hard. Breastfeeding is much easier. Stress does not affect breastfeeding. Women in the tent cities in Haiti are breastfeeding just fine and turning away donations of formula and human milk. Women with AIDS in Africa breastfeed. Women in war torn countries breastfeed.
Pumps are not the same as babies. You have to pump and clean the pump and parts every 2-3 hours around the clock. Those night pumpings are horrible. Rental pumps may be the only pump that keeps supply up and can get expensive. The baby doesn't get many of the advantages of breastfeeding if they are bottlefed expressed, stored milked. I think you should breastfeed your baby.
Answer by Gailll at 2:09 AM on Jul. 20, 2010
Answer by babymaddy at 11:34 PM on Jul. 19, 2010
Answer by jet360 at 1:43 AM on Jul. 20, 2010
Answer by Iluvmy5 at 8:25 AM on Jul. 20, 2010