Is breastfeeding hard to do?

is it as bad as everyody say it is


Asked by juicy_803 at 8:16 PM on Dec. 29, 2008 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • It CAN be difficult at first until you learn proper latch and establish a supply .
    If you stick with it for at LEAST 6 weeks it all gets easier .

    Answer by Meshell7 at 8:18 PM on Dec. 29, 2008

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  • If you've never done it before it is kind of hard to start. But once you get the hang of it, there's usually no problem. Successfully BF and weaned 4 kids myself. But the first time it took about a week or so to learn proper technique.

    Answer by 2autisticsmom at 8:18 PM on Dec. 29, 2008

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  • i was breastfeeding for only 50% for 3-4 months. (half formula, half breast - i didnt had enough milk).

    i wish i would have been able to breastfeed longer and more. First off: its the best you could do for your baby, 2nd you will save a lot of money and 3rd its not hard work - it makes everything easier.

    Its hard work to always make sure the bottle with formula will stay warm when you leave the house. you always have to carry formula and baby water with you to make fresh milk for the baby - if you leave the house for longer. (coz you are not suppose to heat up the formula again).

    its so easy to breastfeed. you pull out your breasts, lay the baby on them and voilà your baby is happy ;)

    Answer by m.robertson811 at 8:19 PM on Dec. 29, 2008

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  • For me, the first few weeks were more painful and tiring and exhausting than I ever imagined. But, I would do it over and over again if I could. Before long, it becomes second nature and doesn't hurt at all. There are so many beneficial reasons to do it if you choose so. My son either weaned himself or went on a nursing strike about 3 months ago and never nursed again. I honestly miss it! Just hang in there and talk to a lactation expert because it is well worth it. I think women have the misconception that it should be second nature and easy. But, I went to a breastfeeding class prior to having him and I learned SOOOO much. Good luck!!!

    Answer by have2travel at 8:20 PM on Dec. 29, 2008

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  • Who says it's bad?! I say it is the absolute best thing you can do for your baby. It is not always easy in the beginning, and it can be painful and challenging, but it is so worth it in the long run. Once you've got it down, it is so easy and convenient. If you are interested in trying, I would do some research on the topic and work with a lactation consultant to get a good start when the baby is born. There are also lots of breastfeeding groups out there for new moms (check with your OB or hospital), and La Leche League has a terrific website. Good luck!

    Answer by LaurLaur623 at 8:22 PM on Dec. 29, 2008

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  • For some women it's very difficult. Some women have no problem at all. I was one of the lucky ones. My anatomy lends itself to breastfeeding(read that 'my nipples are so big my babies couldn't help but get a good latch').

    Answer by desert_diva at 8:46 PM on Dec. 29, 2008

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  • breastfeeding is wonderful and convenient. I formula feed now because my milk stopped coming as often as i needed it too. It took my baby 6 days to latch on. its not a bad experience though. there are so many positions to feed from that once you get the hang of it, you'll be glad you did it. feeding while the both of you are in the bed on your sides facing each other is my favorite, why, NO HANDS!! lol

    Answer by Queentdi at 8:52 PM on Dec. 29, 2008

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  • i hated it. he wouldnt latch on so i had to pump and bottle feed. at first i couldnt keep up with his feedings and then all of the sudden i was pumping both breasts every hour for almost 20 minutes at a time
    since my hormones were all stupid i didnt have an appetite and wasnt taking in enough calories to make milk and after 2 months my milk just went away. the thought of forcing myself to eat just to make milk made me feel physically ill
    the same thing happened with my second baby only it happen much sooner. i had only been giving breast milk for a couple weeks when i lost all my supply. i think it just really depends on the mom and the baby and how patient and determined you are but dont stress if it doesnt work out

    Answer by learae at 8:56 PM on Dec. 29, 2008

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  • It can be hard, but you have to want to. If you don't want to then you will give up. It is a self-less thing to breast feed, since babies want to eat often and you have to put yourself aside to care for your child. But as a mom, you are already doing that.

    The hardest part is fighting through adversity: People that think they know better and will tell you that you should do [insert whatever advice], latching issues, growth spurts when they more often and for longer and you are frustrated.

    The benefits are even more rewarding than any issue that might arise: the best nourishment for your child, the bond that you will always have with your child, the health benefits for you (weight loss, fights ppd), and so many more.


    Answer by reflect1light at 9:17 PM on Dec. 29, 2008

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  • Some women have a hard time getting started, some don't have any trouble at all. I had ups and downs. Now I can't imagine it any other way. Think about all the work formula feeding is. Wake up in the middle of the night mix a bottle warm it up feed the screaming baby, sterilize the bottles. It's so much work! Breast feeding (once you get the hang of it) is two steps: Baby cries, pull up your shirt and latch on. No muss no fuss.

    Answer by beckcorc at 9:19 PM on Dec. 29, 2008

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