• L
  • Salina, United States
  • 6 months ago

how to decide to breastfeed or not

this is my first pregnancy and i’m almost 6 weeks. i know it’s a little early but i’m a planner, it’s what i do. i’m just trying to get more opinions and experiences on breastfeeding and formula feeding. my issue is with breastfeeding after maternity leave i’ll go back to work full time and i won’t have time to stop and pump when needed. i don’t want to breastfeed for so little time to then ween baby to a formula...
  • K
  • Hanover, United States
  • 16 days ago

I do both! It is possible. I bottle feed at night (breast milk or formula) and try to breastfeed as much as possible during b the day. She had gotten used to both. That was also my mentality (short maternity leave/weaning) so that's why I wanted to see about alternating during this time. I hope I can continue this. Thankfully I will be able to breastfeed at least once during the work hours and pump the rest. Hopefully my milk supply will increase and I can do less formula. Why can't you pump at work?

  • K
  • Wetaskiwin, Canada
  • 2 months ago

I breastfed for the first 2 months because I was highly pressured into it. It was never my plan and when I finally made the switch it was like a dream for me. I did have to worry about what I was eating, my baby is fuller longer, he sleeps threw the night (12 hours) he is so much happier and not fussy like he was when I breastfed. Also breastfeeding seemed to control my life even though I was pumping for night feeds. I would not breastfeed again personally.

  • B
  • Fort Riley, United States
  • 2 months ago

I fell to the pressure too 😩 I knew it wouldn’t work out because I’ve always been super sensitive there even before pregnancy to the point where I HAVE to wear a bra because anything rubbing on it like a T-shirt would hurt. I tried for 2 weeks but it was so painful not even from engorgement.

  • K
  • Brighton, Australia
  • 3 months ago

I breastfeed and the bond I feel/get with my baby boy is absolutely amazing!!! And it’s 1000x times easy I reckon. You don’t have to get in and out of bed to make bottles etc. if you don’t want to breastfeed you could always pump for a little bit and do both.

  • A
  • Prince George, CA
  • 3 months ago

Breast feeding is 100000x easier until you have to pump more than 50% of the time. But breast feeding does NOT have to be all or nothing. Even breast feeding a couple of times a day and using formula for the rest of the day can still give your child the amazing benefits of breast milk. And breast feeding for the first month gives them a great head start on their immune system. You don't have to be one or the other, it's okay to do both

  • S
  • Brookville, United States
  • 3 months ago

Breastfeeding is the most amazing bond that you can have. This is something special behind it. My person opinion is I love how much I have saved not having to use formula (if you use formula I’m not saying it’s bad or a judgement) it’s easy so when baby is hungry you don’t have to get up and make a bottle or anything it’s all right there. Now with work honestly you are allowed to pump. Your work cannot tell you not to pump. That’s a whole hr concern if they do. It’s your whole right as a mother to breastfeed. But honestly I would breastfeed as long as you can. We are looking at 7 months now and no end close and I love it!

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