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    Tiphawee posted:
    Hello, ive been thinking today, because after the baby is born (im due august 12th) i plan on getting a appointment and going to wic to get formula (which takes a few weeks) and i was thinking on maybe breast feediing the few weeks before i get to go because even if i have the baby in august at school im required to have 6 weeks off no matter what. So ill have the time to breast feed. but im worried about if it hurts? do you get sore? is it hard? cause i plan on giving him formula a few weeks after hes born no matter what, should i just start out with formula? (money isnt that big of a problem)
    could you guys answer these questions and give me your advice?
    deborahann139 responded:
    I am very pro-breastfeeding and truly believe everyone should at least give it a chance. ANY amount of time breastfeeding will be beneficial to both you and the baby. There really is nothing to lose to at least try it.

    But that being said, yes, it can be hard, depending somewhat on the baby and how easily they catch on. It can make you sore in the beginning. But it is so worth it. Even if the baby just gets the colostrum you produce in the first few days before your milk comes in, it has tons of antibodies and is perfectly designed to nurture your baby, it can help them so much.

    Anyway, I realize not everyone is going to BF, but I hope you will at least give it a chance, if even for just a few weeks.

    Good luck!
    sarahdud responded:
    I have breastfeed w/ both of my previous DD and plan to w/ my DS as well. W/ my first DD she had problems latching on so it didn't work out so well. W/ my second DD it went much better and I was able to do this for a longer period of time. I'm not going to lie, your nipples may get sore. It really depends on how your baby latches on. If your baby doesn't have any problems latching on then it will not be very painful. Any breastfeeding that you are able to do is going to benefit the baby. Also, not sure if you are aware of this or if it is the same in all states, but w/ WIC, if you do breastfeed then you get extra food for yourself since you will not be using formula. Just an FYI you may want to consider if breastfeeding goes well.
    collinjames replied to sarahdud's response:
    There are so many options out there with BF, you can pump while you are in school.. that is so helpful becuase if you produce a lot then you can freeze. I agree with everything the PP have said.. Give it a try and see if you like it. I made it 6 months of pumping with DD and had 1.5 months in the freezer so DD for right about 7 - 8 months of B.milk and then formula till 9 months and then whole milk from there on out..
    DD never got sick till after her first birthday and I truley believe it is because of the Breast milk. totally worth all the little discomferts in the begining.. another little tip.. there are lactation consultants at most hospitals and the nurses are great with helping to.. dont be afraid to ask any questions if someone is there to help you use them and take advantage of that advice.. The hospital also may give you some sheilds. mine did and i can say they saved me..
    mtlmayhem responded:
    I was on the fence with my first DS too... I obviously know the benefits outweigh my discomfort by all means....I ended up BFing for 3 months and then we slowly introduced the formula so DH could particiapte in the feedings too.

    Best thing I can tell you is, if you get a proper latch, it shouldnt hurt. It is natural, almost instinctual. It isnt hard, but it takes practice. You both will learn from each other as you go along!

    To be honest, as newbie, your nipples may get a little sore, but they have Lansinoh/Lanolin cream to help protect and heal.

    Louise_WebMD_Staff responded:
    There are WIC options for breastfeeding mothers or part-time breastfeeding options. You can actually get an appointment now.

    Breastfeeding saves babies lives (though I can argue formula saved my son's life.). It takes some work to learn-don't believe anyone who says you just naturally know what to do. It doesn't hurt if you have good positioning and the baby is latched on correctly. It isn't easy but it isn't hard. Get the support you need .

    Here is a decision point on Should I breastfeed?
    KityKatK8 responded:
    Oh Tip I'm so pleased that you want to BF. I figured you wouldn't have the time...

    I EBF for 12 months and as long as you have good cream at the start, you won't have much regarding cracked nipples. Engorgement can hurt, but once you get going you'll be fine. I would think you wouldn't have time to pump while at school (but if you go for that homeschooling option, you would!) but you might want to continue nursing at night (the baby will want to eat something anyway and it is easier to nurse at night, since you don't need to prepare formula!)

    When you do wean, your breasts will hurt for a few days, but it will hurt whether that is right after birth or 3 months later, or whenever.

    You should look into local BF support groups who can also help you with this. Your hospital will have Lactation Consultants (LC) who can also provide a lot of support. You might want to get to know them before you give birth.

    byoung1979 responded:
    I am scared to do it too because of all the horror stories you hear, but it is so good for baby and my mother talks about it as being the most amazing bonding experience for you and baby. People keep telling me if you set your mind to breastfeed then you just need to make it throught the first 2 weeks, I guess they are the worst! I will find out in August!!
    mommyof3kiddos responded:
    Breastmilk is the best for babies as long as you're eating a healthy diet. If you eat a bunch of sugar, caffiene, and fat, and other junk type foods that isn't going to help the baby. You basically need to maintain a healthy diet like when you're pregnant because whatever you eat the babies does as well. Just wanted to throw that out there.
    FloralMom responded:
    It hurts a little at first, but once you get past that 2-3 week period, it is pretty smooth sailing, you and baby both have got the hang of it by then!

    You will get sore either way, sore when your breasts are full and you are ready to nurse and sore if you choose to formula feed and dry up.

    It's not hard, I totally recommend meeting with the lactation specialist at your hossy, before they discharge you. They can give you tips and tricks to make it easier, they encourage you and they show you proper techniques. It may be a little weird having a complete stranger touch you or help you with something like that, but it is worth it (both emotionally for you and baby, weight loss wise for you and financially!)

    I breastfeed with my 1st and it was great, it hurt at first and I was just about to give up, but I was determined, and then magically, it all came together! My 2nd, was very sick and I couldn't breastfeed, but my milk still came in and I was in horrible pain, I wanted to grab a baby, ANY BABY and feed them just to relieve the pain and pressure, but doing that would have taken even longer to dry up. Breast milk is FREE, it's convienent (ya never forget that bottle!) it's the BEST nutrition a baby can get, and it is the sweetest bonding time. I was actually sad when my baby was weined, because we didn't have "our" time anymore.


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