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"Some women can't breastfeed"

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Question: Were you physically capable of successful breastfeeding?


Yes, for as long as I wanted

Yes, but my supply dried up when I went back to work

No, I was unable to successfully breastfeed, but I tried (or knew I wouldn't be able to due to some medical issue)

I never tried and/or had no interest in trying


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I always hear this on cafemom breastfeeding posts (like the food stamps one today). I understand some women have medical issues, but seriously, how many women aren't capable of breastfeeding?

I'm not judging/debating anyones decision to not breastfeed. I'm just wondering how much truth their is to this claim. From what I've read, it is uncommon for women to be unable to breastfeed and some issues can be resolved or worked around with a feeding system.

by on Dec. 6, 2012 at 12:48 AM
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by on Dec. 6, 2012 at 12:58 AM
I pumped for the first 2 months, then my dr had to raise a dose of one of my blood pressure meds (all my others are already maxed out) and my milk supply ran dry. I was really devastated and felt like a total failure.
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by Anonymous 5 on Dec. 6, 2012 at 12:58 AM
I was scared to with ds1 so he was ff, ds2 I was able to ebf for about a month then the bc I was put on dried me up and it wasn't figured out until too late.
by on Dec. 6, 2012 at 12:59 AM
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I think it has to do with the woman physically but also mentally and emotionally.  You have to really be willing to put everything you have into it sometimes, and some woman cant do that.  I had no issues, and EBF till 14 months.  I understand some women say they cant though, and to each his own.  It makes me sad for the ones who want to and just arent able.

by Ruby Member on Dec. 6, 2012 at 12:59 AM

 I nursed all 4 of my kids, but the longest I was able to go was 4 months. I had to go back to work and couldn't pump so they supplemented with formula while at the babysitters. It caused nipple confusion, so they preferred the bottle.

by Silver Member on Dec. 6, 2012 at 1:00 AM

I tried with both and with both I had issues.
My first was BF for 2 months then I gave up because he was jaundice at the hospital and they told me that breastmilk was not good and he got bottle spoiled. I should have given up sooner though because it was so stressful and frustrating that he would start to breastfeed and then cry and cry for a bottle.
My second it was because when my milk came in it was so much and my nipples would not get hard so he could not latch anymore and the pump would give me nothing so I had no choice but to bottle feed and then after a couple of days my supply was gone :(

by Platinum Member on Dec. 6, 2012 at 1:01 AM

I never had issues other than severe mastisis once and smaller cases other times. I know my cousin had inverted nipples though, so she couldn't. Though, it could have been corrected with some thing, but the first doctor didn't tell her ever and the second doctor came along to late. She was upset. :\

by on Dec. 6, 2012 at 1:01 AM
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 Ive BF all 3 of my babies (still BFing our youngest).  I have really strong feelings about BFing but I dont like to talk about BF/FF.  I only encourage new moms who are trying and do my best to help in any way.  We need to show that we dont have to have a stigma about boobs.  Cows dont wear bras, bottle nips are made to look/feel/react like a real nip and if thats the case why dont we cover bottles up?  No one will win the fight.  I will NIP when need be the same way you pull out a bottle to feed your baby. Enough said!

by on Dec. 6, 2012 at 1:02 AM

 I never developed any milk. my granny and great aunt didn't either. nor my mother. some women simply don't develop any milk. i wanted to breast feed so badly though i cried.

by on Dec. 6, 2012 at 1:02 AM

Did you ever find out what happened, or suspect what caused it?

My 2nd child was 6lbs. I breastfed for about 8 weeks. She was so small. She was eating constantly (like every hour, sometimes more frequently). I remember crying the first time I had to give her formula... then feeling so defeated when I had to just give up altogether. I started taking thyroid medicine shortly after she was born because my thyroid fuction reverted back to abnormal (was normal while pregnant). I don't know if it was the condition or the medicine, but it put an end to my nursing.

I was able to successfully breastfeed my first and third with no issues.

Quoting Anonymous:

I was unable to successfully breastfeed. I was devastated. I loved doing it and felt so defeated when I had to stop. My problem was the fat content in my milk. I worked with WIC, lactation consultants, and my doctor. I tried so hard, but I can't make my boobs do something they don't want to. At 2 months old my son, who was born a little over 7 lbs, was in preemie clothes. He had just gotten up to his birthweight after I started to supplement with formula. Once I switched completely to formula, he thrived for the first time ever! Since that point he made it to, and stayed at, the 50th percentile at every check-up.

I love my baby boy and wanted to give him the best, for him that meant drinking formula. I produced large quantities also, it was just all the watery foremilk.

by on Dec. 6, 2012 at 1:04 AM
I tried breast feeding and I tried pumping, neither worked for me and my child. I wasn't producing enough at all. He was a big baby and needed more than what I could ever produce. He wasn't gaining weight and was only losing it, so the doctor put him on only formula.
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