Making The Decision To Breastfeed

Making the decision to breastfeed is a very personal one, many people have heard horror stories and many may have family who feels this is not an okay thing to do. Whatever your decision ends up being, this article is about those who finally made the decision to breastfeed.  Just some of the many stories & opinions other Moms and myself have heard are:

  • Friends who had babies and thought breastfeeding was just disgusting.
  • You are limited on what food you can eat, and can not drink alcohol.
  • Public breastfeeding is condoned.
  • Mom who works outside of the house can’t breastfeed.
  • Breastfeeding will take up all your time.
  • Breastfeeding babies sleep less and wake more often for feedings.

I am sure many of you have heard other stories that just make the decision to breastfeed even harder. I would like to touch on all the points above with a rebuttal:

  • Breastfeeding is not disgusting, honestly, how can such a natural way to feed our baby be deemd “disgusting”. Before formula was created Moms had no other choice but to use the method they were born with to feed their babies – their breasts and with advanced technology a mom can now pump and feed a baby breastmilk in a bottle if the nursing on the breast seems “disgusting” to them.
  • Although it’s recommended to eat a proper diet and get proper amount of fluids into your system to help keep your energy and milk supply up – really you don’t “have” to change your diet. I personally still eat hot italian sausage, pizza, and much more. Although eating high fatty foods will make you more sleepy, really you can eat whatever you want honestly!
  • Public nursing has become something that society is accepting. The more moms choose to breastfeed the more society will accept this natural ability to feed our babies! Many restaurants will even allow you to nurse at a table while eating dinner {although I am not yet comfortable doing this myself}. Some states have even created laws to protect a Moms right to nurse in public!
  • If you are a working mom – who works outside of the home or inside for that matter – you can still breastfeed your baby. There are so many ways to get around this – pumping ahead of time and storing milk in the freezer – this allows the care giver to feed your baby while you are away! Breast milk may be stored in a freezer for 3-4 months and still be good to use!
  • I personally feel that formula feeding takes up more of your time than breastfeeding. Think about it – when you want to get out the door fast you don’t have to pack anything extra – babies food is always there because it’s YOU.
  • I will say based on my own personal experience breastfed babies do seem to wake more often than formula fed babies in the beginning, but so do most formula fed babies. It’s all in the baby and his/her age really!

The fact that you can’t drink alcohol while breastfeeding just got better. No more pumping and dumping, thanks to a product invented by Julie Jumonville. The product is called Milkscreen and it was created to help extend the life of breastfeeding and give woman a tool to make sure they are not passing anything negative onto baby if they occasionally consume alcohol! Milkscreen is affordable and is one of the products that makes you say, “why didn’t I think of that”. Head on over to UpSpring Baby to find out more about MilkScreen and buy yourself a kit today if you plan on or think you may occasional consume alcohol while breastfeeding!

I hope this has helped shed some light on the decision to breastfeed and keep your eyes out for tomorrow’s post, I will be reviewing the GoPillow! Remember to subscribe to my blog if you are looking to keep up with my weekend posts about breastfeeding. Feel free to read the introduction article written last week!

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5 Comments

  1. I wasn’t really for it when I found out I was pregnant. My baby ended up being a premie & the doctor and nurse explained to me all the benefits and that it really nourish my little guy & being a premie he really needed it. So I tried but no go, nothing I had produced no milk ever. lol!

    These are great points, there are lots of horror stories out there. 😉

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  2. I nursed my first for a full year and he never once latched on. I couldn’t master the art so I pumped the entire 12 months. I was a 36I cup so after getting a reduction to a D, my milk never came in with Josh so he was bottle fed and I wish I waited to have the operation (kind of). My back is way better but he missed out on the health benefits of my milk.

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  3. Why do some people think it is gross to give our babies human milk that was designed for their needs and not gross to give them cow milk that was designed for calf needs? I am on a lot of medication that is not safe to breastfeed (and my amazing friend is our surrogate), and I have lots of friends who are going to donate breast milk to me – I bet that would freak a lot of people out 🙂 We will also be doing formula. But man, I wish I could breastfeed – so much easier than making bottles and better for baby.

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  4. I have enjoyed reading your breastfeeding posts. But it is bitter sweet for me. I always longed to breastfeed, but I have an illness that prevents me from being able to. I did so much research when I first had my son to see if there was any way around it. But, with the neotaologist’s help, we came to the conclusion that there would be a 1% – 5% risk that there could be an affect on the baby. I could not take that risk. So, now I am forced to use formula. I did with all 3 of my children and there doesn’t seem to be any negative affect (which I am grateful for). But deep down, I do long to breastfeed. I just keep reminding myself that there are some women out there that cannot have children so I need to be grateful that I actually can.

    Thanks so much for all of your great posts. 🙂

    Dawn

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  5. I tried for 5 weeks but my little guy was just not wanting to do it. It was a constant struggle and disappointment and after a huge baby, emergency c-section, blood transfusion and other fun stuff, I simply didn’t have the stamina to try to keep up. My supply was next to nothing despite every effort. So I’m somewhat jealous of moms who are able to and for long periods of time. I will say though that my son, despite being mostly formula-fed is extremely healthy (one cold and not a single ear infection in his 19 months of life) and I was also formula-fed without a childhood ear infection. So I know people like to say that one or the other is better, but I think all kids are different and can thrive with good parenting and attention to their health and safety, formula OR BF.

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