Breast Feeding or Formula??

  • In addition to what others have said, if you're considering breastfeeding at all I highly encourage you to research it, especially since you don't have any experienced family members to help!  My husband and I took a breastfeeding class at our hospital which was very helpful.  You can also try reading books and searching for YouTube tutorials -- videos of women breastfeeding, how to latch, etc. are so much more helpful than just reading about how to do it :)  And take advantage of any lactation consultants at your hospital or pediatrician's office -- nearly everyone needs a little help to help get started (and some of us need a lot of help!)

    And also remember that it doesn't have to be all or nothing -- you can also supplement if breastfeeding exclusively doesn't work out for whatever reason.  My son never learned to breastfeed effectively despite 8 weeks of trying and meeting with multiple lactation consultants, so I've had to pump since day 1.  (He was born without a sucking reflex, then learned to take the bottle before the breast.)  Around 6 weeks I started supplementing because it was too difficult for me to pump 100% of what he needed to eat.  But supplementing with formula has allowed me to continue to give him the health benefits of breastmilk too!

  • remylim replied on 02-22-2012 2:09 AM

    APmomma....

    I discuss the benefit of breastfeeding but sometimes some babies are not comfortable with breast milk that why they should know first whats best for their babies.

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     Remylin, I'm still not sure what's meant by a baby being "not comfortable" with breast milk.  Can you explain a bit more?