I had a positive experience with breastfeeding. You have to really want to do it. It can be a little difficult in the beginning, but if you stick to it you’ll be happy you did. I knew it’s what I wanted to do from the very start.
Don’t get me wrong breastfeeding has its’ share of pros and cons.
1. Not having to make up bottles or worry about
having to wash and sterilize bottles and nipples.
2. You don’t have to worry about having enough formula or forgetting bottles when you go out.
3. There is always milk on demand wherever you go.
4. Never having to get up at all hours of the night to warm up a bottle while listening to a staving baby cry. You can sit/lay right in bed and nurse the baby.
5. There are studies that say that say that breastfeed babies are less susceptible to ear infections. Both of my children never have had an ear infection.
6. There are great advantages for that baby weight that mom’s gain throughout pregnancy. While breastfeeding you will burn a lot of calories. I was down below my pre-pregnancy weight within 6 months (without exercise).
7. that fine aroma that formula gives a baby. It’s really true!
8. Another benefit is cost. The cost of formula can become a burden because it gets expensive. With nursing there is practically no extra cost.
1. Nursing can be pretty difficult at first. It can take several weeks for both you and the baby to get the hang of it. It can be very frustrating to both mom and baby. If you can hang in there it becomes a breeze. When I had my second child it wasn’t even an issue.
2. Sore nipples from babies not latching on properly or because the nipple has to use to the nursing. This goes away after a short time.
3. Frequent feedings. Breast milk is said to digest quicker than formula. This means that baby needs to be feed more often You can’t be away from baby for very long. If your baby will take a bottle with breast milk in it, this won’t be an issue.
4. Breast Fullness and Leaking: This is more of a problem when you are away from your baby.
5. Feeding in public. It is sometimes difficult to find a private place to nurse when you are out in public. Sometimes I would just retreat to the car where it was quiet, private and comfortable. Fortunately nursing has made a comeback and is more socially acceptable. Many women are able to nurse anywhere, just covering themselves with a blanket.
6. Biting: When my first child’s teeth came in he began biting. That was the end of nursing but I continued to pump for a short time. But with my second it thankfully was never an issue.
7. Watching what you eat: This was a big one for me that I was not aware of.
When nursing of course you need to eat well but I did not know that there were some foods that I should avoid. I had a pretty fussy baby because I was eating chocolate. The worse case for me was with my second child. My daughter got a really, I mean really bad diaper rash. Her poor little bottom was raw. I eventually figured out it was the orange juice I was drinking almost every morning. It was due to the high acidity content that orange juice has. The acid would then come out in her urine and basically burn her bottom.
A few Tips when it comes to breastfeeding:
1. Vaseline works well if both or one of your nipples become cracked. Just make sure it is wiped cleaned before nursing.
2. If a nipple is too sore to nurse, try nursing on one side and pumping the other for a little while.
3. Sometime sore and itchy nipples are caused by thrush. It’s basically a yeast infection that
develops in your babies’ mouth and transfers to the nipple. This is pretty common but medicine is required to get rid of the infection.
4. To allow others to feed the baby pump and freeze some breast milk in a ziplock bag. (Making sure to put a date on the bag). If you are using bottles with bags it can be frozen right in those bags. To thaw the breast milk, just put the bag in hot tap water.
5. Make sure you buy, rent or borrow a good pump. I preferred a double pump. It definitely cuts down on the amount of time pumping. It will make all the difference in the world!!
6. Purchase good contoured nursing pads. They cost a little more but this is a place where you don’t want to skimp out on. They form to your breasts so there aren’t any gaps for leaking. They also don’t make you look lumpy
7. Some things to avoid eating/drinking:
Orange juice or other citrus drinks
Spicy foods or any foods that make you gassy
Guest Post Submitted by: Lisa, NY
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