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The Breastfeeding Debate
Member Name: Julie449
The Breastfeeding Debate
Advantages: Best for baby and no cost
Disadvantages: Hard work and its all on you
I felt I had to write something here as its a problem I really struggled with. When I was pregnant I was sure I wanted to breastfeed. All the classes I went to were really pro breastfeeding and I felt fron what i could see that the pros outweighed the cons. However that being said my mother never breastfeed me as she had tried with my older sister and really struggled so she didn't try with me. My mother kind if tried to steer me away from it concentrating on the negatives rather than the positives. I was still however set on breastfeeding, so much so I never bought formula or bottles before my son was born. I had a very hard labour lost alot of blood and was ill for some time after my little man was born. I tried breastfeeding and luckily for me my son was a naturally. However I did suffer from sore nipples and due to the fact I had such a hard labour I felt really run down all the time and was slowly running out of energy. I manage to breastfeef exclusively for 6 weeks but after that I struggled to keep going so after alot of soul searching I decided to add formula along side breastfeeding. Breastfeeding was good for me in the fact that I knew I was doing best for my baby and the fact its natural and doesn't cost a thing was also a bonus. Perhaps if I hadn't have had such a rough time having him I may have been able to keep breastfeeding for longer. However that being said I felt my whole family were happpier once I added formula and eventually changed to formula all together. They all loved getting their turn to feed him especially my hisband who had been feeling guilty about me having to do all the feeds. Before breast pumps are mentioned lets just say they weren't my friends. There is alot of presure ob women these days to breastfeed, and although I chose to I know it isn't for everyobe. I really do feel that once a mother to be has all the information she should be able to make her own choice on the matter. Try it if you don't feel happy doing it then dont. Your baby will sense if you are unhappy. I fully intend to try breastfeeding again with any future children I may have and hope that I'll have more strenght than my first time round. If however I try and don't suceed I will switch to formula agin. It never did me any harm and my son is a wonderful happy healthy boy and he had both. My advice is do what feels right, try it and if you aren't happy either will your baby be so switch.
Summary: Try both!
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