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16/02/2011 at 17:08
Did you/do you love breastfeeding your baby? What's the best thing about doing it and did you have any problems or issues to overcome? Please share your thoughts on breastfeeding for the May issue of Practical Parenting magazine by emailing email@example.com or posting on here.
Liz, PP x
16/02/2011 at 20:24
i loved breastfeeding charlie it was an amazing experience and it definatly helped us to bond, whilst we were in hospital after charlie was born the midwives commented on how good a breastfeeder he was which was really encouraging for me as he was my first
my hubby was fab when we got home to and when charlie woke in the night for a feed john would help me make sure he was latched on properly which was another big help, when he was about 3 weeks old charlie began to cluster feed from about 7pm-11pm which was quite tiring at times and made me a bit emotional but then he would end up sleeping through the night and not want another feed till 7am the next morning.
i wished i had carried on for longer than 6 weeks breastfeeding but i couldnt keep up with charlies demands and i couldnt express enough to allow john to help me out so we decided to go over to bottles.
if i have another child i'd definatly breastfeed again and i would always say to anyone whose thinking of trying to give it ago because it is so worthwhile
16/02/2011 at 23:55
i loved breast feeding all my kids. its the only time of the day when you get to focus solely on the little person in your arms, wiht no pressure to be doing something else or having to worry about what your not doing. and they were always so very warm-with that 'baby' smell...
i wasnt able to feed Caitlin (reflux-truly awful!!) or Andrew (i had pneumonia, and my milk dried up after i was better) for as long as i would have liked. but i fed Connor until he was 18months-which brings another set of problems-teeth!! from when he was about 11months just as i thought he was drifting off to sleep-he would sink his tooth/teeth in!! Very sore-if he did it, i was to take him of straight away and tell him 'No' very firmly.
If i was to have another child, i would definately do it again, even though my experiences with the youngest 2 were so awful for me.
17/02/2011 at 10:34
17/02/2011 at 11:34
I breastfed my daughter for 22 months. It wasn't all plain sailing - I had a selection of all the normal problems like sore nipples, she didn't feed properly in hospital, and colic with repeated un-latching at about 3 months - oh, and not forgetting a kindly-meaning elderly relative who refused to believe that my 1 week old needed to cluster feed in the evening, and kidnapped my baby and tried to burp her for ages when she just wanted milk! But I loved just holding her and watching her feed, giving her everything that she needed - and the best that I could - plus I never had to get up in the night to make a bottle!
My second is due is under 1 month, and yes - I will be breastfeeding again!
17/02/2011 at 12:00
17/02/2011 at 13:16
I enjoyed BF, Harry was a natural at it, latched on really well & I didnt experience any problems I fed on demand and he fed SOO Much that I never had a problem with engorgement when my milk came in.
It is a special time if you are able to BF, being able to provide for your LO. However it is extremley tiring as harry used to feed frequently day and night which I beleive then led to a problem of him using me as an aid to get back to sleep, therfore I only fed him until seven months - when i quite to take out that suck/sleep association and he had a cup of milk before bed. I never had to get up in the cold and wait for a bottle to warm or even make up a bottle. You get lots of special cuddles and it gives you a good reason to sit down and put your feet up!
You never get caught short with out milk for baby if you are out longer than planne, our first visit to a hotel meant no worries about sterlising / taking bottles / making milk etc! You can feed any time anyplace anywhere - whenever you want to!
He never took a bottle as a baby, I tried to give him a bottle of either expressed or formula but he wouldnt have it! (I also tried to get my Husband / mum / sister to giv ehim a bottle but he was fussy!!)
the good thing is I have never had to wean him off of the bottle, always had a cup from a baby.
If I am blessed with any more I would definately BF again if I am able to but would want to prevent the sleep problem!
17/02/2011 at 15:25
I loved that at bedtime, i could lie down with my baby, and read a book while they were feeding, or sleep if i wanted to. Not that I would reccommend sleeping while baby is on the breast, but when baby is older it is easy to make sure they are in a good postition for mummy to sleep while the feed.
I had the usual problems, sore nipples, but after the first baby, i let the air at them at night, and they weren't too bad.
It is definately worth b/feeding a baby, saves getting up, turning on lights to make a bottle in the night.
17/02/2011 at 16:28
17/02/2011 at 17:40
17/02/2011 at 17:58
I breastfed both my daughters. I loved it!! With my first daughter Sophie I had to stop at 6 months as I got pneumonia and the antibiotics could affect my milk. I did miss it terribly. The closeness you get whilst they are feeding is lovely. It's something that only you can do.
I fed my second daughter Holly for 6 months too. Me and my husband and family took our eldest daughter Sophie to Disneyland so had to leave Holly behind with grandparents and when we got back she wouldn't feed as they had been giving her bottles whilst we were away.
All I can say is that if you can and choose to breastfeed then do as it is the best start you can give to your baby. But if you can't feed for any reason, DO NOT be disheartened. Not all new mothers can breastfeed. I was one of the lucky ones. As long as the baby is happy with formula, they will be healthy.
My sister couldn't feed her 2 boys and they are growing so fast!!!! One is 16 now and over 5 feet tall and the other is 13 and a bruiser!!!!
The night feeds didn't bother me really. Getting up for a wee at 3am every night whilst pregnant got me into a routine!!!
I am also glad that I breastfed both my children. I feel that I gave them the best start to life!!!!!!!!!!
17/02/2011 at 18:19
I Love breastfeeding my beautiful daughter, Her first 3 months of life she fed every hour to hour and a half and it's so much easier than bottle and I didn't wean her until 6 months. She's 16 months old now and I am getting no support from friends nor family as they think she's too old to be doing it, yet when she has 'Mummy Milk' and rolls her eye's in pleasure, how can I take that away from her?
17/02/2011 at 20:01
As long as your happy to carry on feeding her, why should you stop? It's your decision in the end, theres no harm. As long as she is eating proper food too, she is getting plenty of goodness from you. I had to stop when I did or I would have done it for longer.
She sounds like a happy, healthy little girl!!!! You should be proud of what you are doing. You might find that one day she won't feed. She will decide when she is ready to stop.
Carry on the good work!!!!!!!!!
17/02/2011 at 20:58
I loved breast feeding my son - it really did help with bonding, and it made feeding at night so easy - just get up & go, although it was only me who could feed him. But it was great that we could feed anywhere at anytime without thinking about what we needed to take with us.
I loved the lazy mornings when I would lie down in bed and feed him and he would doze off, it was lovely to watch him look so contented because he was full of milk that I'd given him.
It took a while for him to breastfeeding in the beginning, so we did have to resort to formula when we were still in the hospital and in the early days at home. But he took to it by day 10 (which coincided with a growth spurt!) - so my advice to new mums is to keep perservering, as it's definitely worth it.
If I have another baby I'd definitely breastfeed - it's the best, for both mum & baby!
17/02/2011 at 22:25
17/02/2011 at 22:57
18/02/2011 at 10:37
I breastfed all 3 of my daughters for 4mths, 8mths and 7mths and loved every minute, I still occasionally find myself missing it. My only regret is that I allowed myself to be pressured into giving the eldest a bottle so well meaning relatives could help, it messed up her feeding routine and she got lazy about breastfeeding so I ended up giving her a bottle and formula before I was really ready to. I had her 5 weeks early and spent the first 3 weeks expressing round the clock to make sure she could always be fed my breast milk in SCBU, luckily they had lots of time to help me get started with breastfeeding and I always felt confident I had their full support even once we were able to take her home. My husband was very supportive of me breast feeding and he always made sure I had bottles of water withing easy reach of me whilst feeding and would make me a snack when I sat down to feed because he knew I would be starving.
My youngest 2 daughters were feeding well within hours of their births by c-section although I did feel slightly forgotten about when I had to ring the bell to be helped to sit up and have the baby passed to me every 2 hours for the first night, lucky for me they both took to it easily and the midwife I saw the morning after their birth was brilliant at supporting me and removing the drips etc that made it difficult for me to move and reach her myself. She was also great at helping me to feed my daughter every 2 hours during the day and every 3 at night and by the time she was a week old and we could leave the hospital she was having to be woken to be fed 3 hourly through the night. I was lucky never to have had cracked nipples or mastitis but I did get engorged if I was even 10mins late for a feed. In the early days I did spend most of my time feeding but I still had one hand free for cuddles and stories with my older daughters or for holding a book so I didn't feel like I had to be shut away to feed the baby, I only stopped with the youngest 2 because they were so easily distracted and did not seem interested in breastfeeding once they were having 3 meals of solids a day and my milk supply naturally dried up.
19/02/2011 at 00:25
Im loving breastfeeding my daughter Yasmin (now 29 weeks). Its the best thing and creates a perfct bond between monther and baby. I love feeding time where we its just me and her talking, playing, singing or just holding each other. It was difficult to start with but I would not change it for the world.
21/02/2011 at 19:46
22/02/2011 at 15:50
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