When I had my first I ended up not making it past 3 months of breastfeeding and even than it was mixed feeding. As a new mom I was scared my little one wasn’t getting enough, I wasn’t comfortable with feeding in public, I thought formula was easier, the hospital was fast at getting formula into the room and often no help with breastfeeding, etc. My mother had breastfed all my siblings so, it wasn’t like I never seen it before.
With my second I was determined to breastfeed this time around. It’s like something just clicked on the inside and I didn’t want to go the formula road again. I read everything I could about breastfeeding. Right off the bat I would say within 20 minutes of my son being born the nurse helped get him latched on good and he nursed for a good 40 minutes. I made sure to let them know beforehand that I would be breastfeeding so; they didn’t come along with formula like they did with my previous. It seems like hospitals push formula on new moms and don’t really offer much help for breastfeeding. My doctor was happy that I chose to breastfeed and that it was all working out this time around. I fed my little one on demand. I didn’t buy any formula beforehand or bottles. It took close to 2 days I believe for my milk to come in, but little one was fine. I like the closeness you have with your new born baby while nursing. They get the warmth and cuddles from their mother and the milk that is made especially for them. I’m going on 11 months now.
I think breastfeeding is easier than formula because with formula your constantly cleaning bottles, making sure it’s not too hot or too cold. Making sure you brought enough for your outing, making sure it didn’t spoil. With breast it’s always at the right temperature. You’re not going to run out, No cleaning bottles, no spending money on expensive formulas or trying to find the right one, no need to hold up bottles in the middle of the night.
Some Tips That Helped Me
The best advice I’ve heard for succeeding with breastfeeding is to offer the breast within an hour of the baby being born.
I would also suggest not stocking up on formula and bottles beforehand because they will tempt you in those early weeks when your exhausted and just want some sleep. You can do it and it WILL get easier.
Often women become alarmed when they pump and don’t see a large amount of milk. Some may only pump 1 ounce. So, they worry their babies aren’t getting enough. That doesn’t mean you aren’t making milk. Your baby is much more effective at getting milk out than your pump. Some women don’t respond well to pumping.
Breastfeeding is a supply and demand thing. You will make more milk the more your child is nursing.
During a growth spurt they may nurse constantly. It won’t last forever, so don’t worry.
Feed on demand. Follow your baby’s cues they know when they are hungry and will let you know. No, they will not over eat so; you don’t have to keep them on a tight schedule.
In the early weeks you may notice your little one is only nursing from one side and falling asleep. Just start from the next side for the next feeding.
Don’t feel like you’re stuck at home and can’t go anywhere. Many public places offer nursing rooms for mothers so you can get some privacy. Also you can find wonderful covers now-a-days.
**I know some moms prefer formula and some have reasons why they can’t breastfeed and I respect that. Remember my first was a formula baby**