I had planned on breastfeeding but I wasn't able to produce enough milk (only 2-3 oz a day). I tried for about a month and finally gave up. I felt bad at the time but I have read several stories similar to mine here on cafemom. It helped me a lot talking with these other moms.

Did you plan on Breastfeeding but were not able to or you changed your mind?

  • I was not able to breastfeed.

  • I planned to, but changed my mind.

  • I breastfeed with little or no problems.

  • other

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Submitted by at 12:53 AM on Dec. 28, 2008
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Submitted by at 12:53 AM on Dec. 28, 2008
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  • babymar
    Submitted by   at 12:55 AM on December 28, 2008

    i exclusively breastfeed, but when i pump i get less than 1 oz at a time... i wish i was one of those moms that could have tons of breastmilk stored up, but i just can't get it by the pump... my daughter though is 6 months old and very healthy and must be able to get what she needs...

  • zoejains_m...
    Submitted by   at 1:42 AM on December 28, 2008

    Zoe was allergic to my milk (rare but it happens) so i couldnt and I plan on trying again with the new baby after she is born too

  • smizzell
    Submitted by   at 11:19 AM on December 28, 2008

    Kelsey was allergic to my milk even after changing my diet numerous times. After two months of her bleeding through stools, I couldn't do it anymore and she was put on a hyper-sensitive formula. She is super-smart and bright even with lack of being breastmilk. I was sad that I couldn't, but as a new mom doing everything I was told by the doctors and still didn't help, I just couldn't see her like that anymore.

  • Pauline328...
    Submitted by   at 12:20 PM on December 28, 2008

    I breastfed but I had a few problems early on. We had thrush(for weeks), inverted nipples, a small nipple, jaundice...BUT my baby never got a drop of formula!! WIsh I could have said the same for his older siblings but we did pretty good.

  • debra_beng...
    Submitted by   at 12:38 PM on December 28, 2008

    I went into labor early, and was leaking milk already at that time, but when they stopped my contractions, I dried up and didn't make milk again. It was formula or nothing for my son.
    With my daughter, I made enough milk that when she weaned herself at 6 months, I had another 6 months of milk stored up. I'd wanted to donate it, but there was nothing around me that would take it.

  • AidansMom3...
    Submitted by   at 1:55 PM on December 28, 2008

    My milk never came in. I was also one of the few women who's breasts didn't get bigger during pregnancy. I have a condition called Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) which the doctors think might have contributed to the problem. I tried for weeks unsuccessfully and was really getting depressed. When I finally made the decision to stop I felt much better. I'm pregnant again and I'm curious to see what will happen this time.

  • JulieJacob...
    Submitted by   at 8:15 PM on December 28, 2008

    I had problems breastfeeding (not as much with my first but a lot of issues with my second) but was determined to make it work. So while I did exclusively breastfeed both, it wasn't with "little or no problems".

  • Laura1229
    Submitted by   at 8:55 PM on December 28, 2008

    My answer was 'other' because it varied. With #1, I breastfed for 2 wks, but he was always crying... so that's when we went to the Dr & found out I wasn't producing enough. We did both B & F for about another 2 wks, then I had surgery & switched to formula.

    With #2 & #3, I BF #2 for about 4-5 months --- supplementing the whole time. Again, supply/demand issue. Then I found out I was pregnant with #3 & I'd had a Csection with #2, so my OB recommended I go ahead & switch over to formula.

    #3, did both for about 4-5 months, then over to formula.

    #4, BF all the way up to about 8 mos.

  • prettymama...
    Submitted by   at 10:13 PM on December 28, 2008

    been breastfeeding for a little over a year now , it's been easy breezy.

  • mysticwv
    Submitted by   at 4:12 PM on December 29, 2008

    I was breastfeeding my daughter without any problems, I definately had PLENTY of milk for her and loved bf her but then I found out MRSA can pass through breastmilk and I have it so I started her on formula because the risk of her getting mrsa just isn't worth it.

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