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I will start out breastfeeding and see how that goes. I only lasted 3 months with my daughter before I started pumping exclusively and using bottles. It ended up working out so much better and DH was able to feed her to. I did that up until she was about 10 months old supplementing with formula here and there. I was so happy the day I retired that pump! Akadia was an awful feeder on the breast so that whole experience was a nightmare, but if the next one does better than I might do that longer. We'll see.
Well everyone on Mother's side (including my Mother) bottle fed so I thought I would as well. DH is not comfortable with it since everyone on his side breastfed. I'm going to give breastfeeding a go and see if I like it but will switch to pumping/ formula most likely.
However, I am really irritated with everyone lecturing me when I say that I would consider bottle feeding. DH has a bunch of nurses in his family and they will go on and on about the advantages of breastfeeding and are always trying to force me into it. I can't stand it. I agree that it has it advantages but it's every Mother's right to choose. Not to mention I come from a family of big Swedes with 2 Olympic athletes (6'5" or taller with the exception of me since I'm the only girl in the group) and we were all bottle fed with formula. Hard to argue when my side of the family completely dominates his side in size
End of rant. So yes, breastfeeding at first. Sorry for the long answer, lol
BF! jacob BF for 26 months, until he self-weaned. i went back to work FT at 8 weeks, so my pump became by best friend. i pumped until his 1st bday. didn't need to supplement with formula. it was hard - i had to pump at night and on weekends just to make enough for his daycare bottles once my supply dropped ~ 9 months. but it was worth it. once i stopped pumping, BFing was easy. he gradually dropped sessions (down to 3 by 18 months, 2 by 2 years), and weaned when i went away for work for 3 days at 26 months. i hope to do the same with this baby.
I will be breastfeeding, like I did with my first two kids (14mo the first time, 2 and a half yrs the second). Making milk is my superpower! Luckily my milk supply has always been overabundant in the past, so when I go back to work I'll likely have plenty of milk to send along to daycare. This time around I would like to donate milk to a milk bank as well.
I had to pump for the first few months of my other kids lives, so I realize that's a very good possibility here. DS never really took to the breast and weaned at 6 months. DD took very well once big enough and nursed til 16 months, when she finally took a sippy.
Pumping moms are my heroes. It is HARD work to do every feeding
Alisha, mom to:
Marcus - Jan '09
Lauren - March '10
Caroline - November '12