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Is everyone finding breastfeeding difficult?

posted 1 decade 7 years ago

I have been finding breastfeeding difficult. I started of good when the baby was born but then I got a cold and stopped thinking I would make the baby sick through the breast milk. Realised after speaking to the midwife the baby getting protected by the antibodies. So then I decided to try him with formula and took to it. After that things went down hill because I was sick got him tin of formula. My mum kept telling me that bottle is better so started givin him formula in the night because I was getting too tired to breastfeed. So now I got problems getting back to breastfeeding. I dont think he's getting enough because I put him in the cot and he wakes sucking his finger pick him up breastfeed him. Then put him down again it happens again. So I end of giving formula which fills him up and makes him sleep. Then I got a breastpump started expressing and was not getting enough milk out. Also was told by this breastfeeding lady to breastfeed every 2 hours to bring help my supply come back to normal. After start expressing 8 times a day which how do u find the time to do it. So I am all over the place trying to get sorted. One day everything is fine the next is bad so in end up giving him formula. He gets mor of the breast than formula but the odd bottle hear and there i give him to fill him up.
What do I do help?

posted 1 decade 7 years ago
Breast is best but not every one can do it!Dont worry if you end up having to stop at least you've tried! when i was breastfeeding my daughter i was feeding her ever 2 hours which was a real pain! slowly i added 15 mins to that until she was being feed every 5 hours. She still woke every 3 hours on a night till she was five month! then it was every 5 hours until i put her on formula at 8 month! The problem is though that every baby is different! what works for one might not work for another!
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posted 1 decade 7 years ago
I think that when it comes to breastfeeding, to do it for any length of time is better than not at all.

I managed 2 weeks with my son and just a week with my daughter. With my son I later found the reason it wasnt working was that his lower jaw was set back so he couldn't latch on.

With my daughter it just upset my son too much, the amount of time I had to pretty much ignore him.

I still feel glad that they got those first few really good days!

I have been told quite a lot that once you introduce a bottle it becomes harder for babies to breast feed because of the different was of sucking. You can get some bottles that very closely replicate the breast, not like standard bottle at all, may be worth trying them?

Although I think pretty pricy...

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posted 1 decade 7 years ago
I tried to breast feed but Joseph didnt want to know. I was lucky I had supportive midwifes and we expressed for the first few days and cup fed him so even when I decided (on midwifes advice) to bottle feed I was happy that he had had some goodness from me. I was upset that he wouldnt feed but thats life and it wont stop me trying again if I have anymore

posted 1 decade 7 years ago
You need to go with how you feel. If it is taking too much out of you and stressing you out to breastfeed then go back to the bottle. I agree with all the other opinions but feel that too much pressure is put on mothers to breast feed. I was only able to breastfeed my daughter for 3 weeks. I was in such pain and could not stop crying when she latched on that I had to stop for both our sakes. I felt let down by the midwives as no one really checked if I was doing ok. I am 20 weeks pregnant again and I am determined to try again but will not be put under pressure to breast feed. Enjoy being a mum and dont let it stress you out. Kiss

posted 1 decade 7 years ago
Thanks for advice

This breastfeeding lady told to keep topping up with formula and saw how my baby boy was getting enough. She said is he still getting the 4oz of milk i said yes. Then she said will he not getting enough. She also showed me how to latch him. She was ok and glad she came again.

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