Do you plan to breastfeed?

32 posts / 0 new
Last post
Joined: 09/29/09
Posts: 1346
Do you plan to breastfeed?

I'm just curious Smile

With DS1 I was rather on the fence about it throughout my pregnancy. I knew it was "healthier" but frankly I thought it would freak me out. I decided to give it a try but I didn't have a terribly committed attitude til I was 8 or 9 months pregnant. I did alot of reading and realized while there are lots of reasons not to breastfeed, my aversion to it should not be one of them! I ended up exclusively breastfeeding till 6 months, and then weaned at a year. It was an awesome experience and I'm SO GLAD I did it. I can't wait to do it again!

_Jessicah_'s picture
Joined: 04/21/11
Posts: 1973

I will breastfeed as long as possible and then hopefully once I return to work I will be able to pump so he will still get the breastmilk. I only got to breastfeed my daughter for 3 months because my milk supply just stopped all of the sudden. I wish I had more time to feed this little guy as I very much love the bond that gives you with your baby.

gaidinsgirl's picture
Joined: 08/28/06
Posts: 2004

Yes, I nursed my ds for 17 months and my dd for 15. I plan to go at least that long this time as well.

mlle_carrie's picture
Joined: 07/17/05
Posts: 1134

Ok, jumping in while at work. Shhh, don't tell anyone Wink

I am planning to breastfeed, but I have to admit that I am scared about it. My nips hurt as it is, and I can't imagine having someone on them every two hours. So I guess I am just mainly scared about the pain at first.

gaidinsgirl's picture
Joined: 08/28/06
Posts: 2004

"mlle_carrie" wrote:

Ok, jumping in while at work. Shhh, don't tell anyone Wink

I am planning to breastfeed, but I have to admit that I am scared about it. My nips hurt as it is, and I can't imagine having someone on them every two hours. So I guess I am just mainly scared about the pain at first.

The pain at first can be intense, but as long as baby is latched on the right way, it goes away. After that first month or so, its easy ( usually).

Jenn0113's picture
Joined: 03/09/07
Posts: 5335

"gaidinsgirl" wrote:

The pain at first can be intense, but as long as baby is latched on the right way, it goes away. After that first month or so, its easy ( usually).

Yes - I agree. If you can press through the pain in th beginning it gets better.

Yes - I plan to BF. I can't wait to start that relationship over again. I nursed and pumped my DS for 7 months and he had BM from the frozen stash until 9 months.

Joined: 04/10/11
Posts: 1703

Yes, the ideal plan is to breast feed and also pump at work. I'll definitely need some lactation consultant help because I have no clue what to expect. I was feeling very strongly about it when I thought I had one little beast in there and I know it's still doable, but I'm more open now to doing whatever works out best for the family. For instance, I have heard postpartum depression is much more common in mothers of multiples and there was an anecdote in one of my twin books from one mother who was desperate to breast feed because it was the only thing she felt she could do right for her family, but after she gave it up in order to get on medication she was happier and more emotionally involved with the family even though she had to switch to formula. I just want to not feel bad if I need to go that route. So yes, I want to, but a functioning family will trump even the cheaper/healthier breast milk option!

sugspop's picture
Joined: 02/22/07
Posts: 1418

Yep, breastfed the first one and plan to do it again! I have far more nipple pain and sensitivity during this pregnancy, so I hope that isn't an issue... but even if it is, I will pump as much as I can! DS breastfed until 10 1/2 months when he self-weaned. I had to start supplementing at 5 months bc of his ferocious appetite, but it was still mostly BM. I look forward to those days, really. It was so much easier when all you kid needs is milk... it gets so much harder when they become picky eaters in the toddler years!

Panonim's picture
Joined: 11/11/05
Posts: 439

Yes, we'll definitely be breastfeeding! I BF my first 2 kids well into their toddler years and intend to do the same with this one.

I agree that it *might* hurt at first. Everything I have read says that if the latch is correct then it won't hurt. In my experience, it did hurt a bit at first, in spite of the help I got and the assurance that the latch was correct. The only thing that healed me was time. The first 2 weeks is the worst, and I definitely would advise FTMs to just do whatever you can to get through the pain, and it WILL get better. Much, much better! It can be discouraging at first, but at least you will know you are doing the right thing, your baby is benefitting HUGELY from BFing, and it WILL get amazingly better as time passes!

fireflies11's picture
Joined: 03/26/11
Posts: 613

yes! Can't wait! I loved breastfeeding! DS lasted until 8-months and then he lost interest because he was to active to sit and eat. I had to leave a bottle for him on the floor so he could crawl by and take a drink!

For all you FTM's, I encourage you to get as much support as possible & ask lots of questions!!! The nurses at the hospital were useless to us. Each nurse had different advice and it was confusing! We went to a lactation consultant and La Leche! Huge help!!! I also had a cousin who gave me great advice. It is tough to get started but if you have the right support, it will be a blessing!!!

_Jessicah_'s picture
Joined: 04/21/11
Posts: 1973

To help with the pain and such you can apply the nipple cream you buy at Wal-Mart and such. It really does help and I highly recommend it!!

Jenn0113's picture
Joined: 03/09/07
Posts: 5335

"fireflies11" wrote:

For all you FTM's, I encourage you to get as much support as possible & ask lots of questions!!! The nurses at the hospital were useless to us. Each nurse had different advice and it was confusing! We went to a lactation consultant and La Leche! Huge help!!! I also had a cousin who gave me great advice. It is tough to get started but if you have the right support, it will be a blessing!!!

I'm sorry your nurses weren't helpful. I was going to respond earlier and say to ask to see the hospital's Lactation Consultant as soon as your LO is born. My hospital experience was great. The nurses and LC came in every time I was ready to feed and got DS to latch on for me. I would call and they would come in and get everything going. After a few days I had the hang of it.

Don't be afraid or embarrassed to ask them to help!

fireflies11's picture
Joined: 03/26/11
Posts: 613

"triplespiral" wrote:

I just want to not feel bad if I need to go that route. So yes, I want to, but a functioning family will trump even the cheaper/healthier breast milk option!

You are very wise to be prepared to do what you need to do for you and your babies!! I think the hardest thing about being a FTM is all the "expectations" we put on ourselves and others put on us. You're so right to be ready to let it go if it is not working for you and your babies! We live in a time where formula is available and healthy for babies and we can choose what is best for our families!

Joined: 09/01/10
Posts: 534

I plan on it, but I am also a FTM that is scared of the possible pain. Good to know that I need to ask to see a Lactation Consultant at the hospital...I was wondering how all that worked. I am definitely going to give it my best shot and hope that it all works out.

Joined: 06/04/11
Posts: 573

I am planning on breast feeding- had no problems with the first 2, and did till about 12m. The first bit was the painful part but then it was fine after that. Ithink the worst part is also the day your milk comes in- i remember the next day after my c-section they were so sore and then all of a sudden i was leaking everywhere!

There is really great support at our hospital here. I think they a=can be too pushy about breastfeeding though- i have heard many complaints from people who choose not too and they are all over you - pushing you to breastfeed.

I do remember one day- there was a male nurse on and he ask me if I needed any help! lol I old him I was good Smile No problem with male nurses but there are certain things I will do on my own.

Joined: 09/29/09
Posts: 1346

maybe we should do a spin-off this thread with breastfeeding tips? The breastfeeding board I'm sure has something similar. I feel rather indebted to pregnancy.org for making breastfeeding work for me, i learned SO MUCH here!!!

Joined: 04/10/11
Posts: 1703

Do it, Carolyn. I'll need all the random tips everyone has! You never know what random little thing will make all the difference in the world to someone ... like how cinnamon toothpaste SAVED MY LIFE when it came to morning sickness!

beccasweet's picture
Joined: 04/10/11
Posts: 679

As a FTM planning to breast feed I would love to read all your tips! I think the best advice I've been given so far is to not give up but some practical advice would be great.

PAmom2boys's picture
Joined: 04/29/09
Posts: 1494

Yes and I can't wait! I heart BF!

Jenn0113's picture
Joined: 03/09/07
Posts: 5335

"Carolyn85" wrote:

maybe we should do a spin-off this thread with breastfeeding tips? The breastfeeding board I'm sure has something similar. I feel rather indebted to pregnancy.org for making breastfeeding work for me, i learned SO MUCH here!!!

90% of the stuff I know about TTC, pregnancy, L&D and motherhood I learned on this site. Its my go to place for everything - before I even start my google searches!

Even DH will say "ask the girls on the board" or "what do the girls on the board say about that?".

MrsMangoBabe's picture
Joined: 04/09/07
Posts: 2276

I plan to breastfeed again. I had no problems with my first two. Nursed DD about 18 months and DS about 15 mo (weaned them both after the first trimester of the next pregnancy--just got pregnant sooner this time!) My nips did hurt in the first couple of weeks or so--pain when baby started sucking and soreness between feedings until my nipples got used to it and after that it was awesome!

Starryblue702's picture
Joined: 04/06/11
Posts: 5454

Yes, I do plan of BF. I did it with all three of my other babies, but DD got it the longest at 4 months... I had to return to work right away with all of my children and couldn't keep up the milk, even with pumping. DS1 got it for about 2 months, DS2 for about 3 months, and DD for four months. I'm really hoping that I'll be able to do it for much longer with Trystan! I supplemented with formula for all of them because of my work schedule, and I think that made it easier on them when I couldn't produce any more milk.

HaganBaby's picture
Joined: 10/17/07
Posts: 334

I am going to BF. I've been reading the The Breastfeeding book by Dr. Sears. I'm finding the facts helpful and the pictures. BF is the thing I look forward to the most when the baby gets here. I remember how much it hurt my sister but she said it was so worth it as it helped her uterus get smaller.

gaidinsgirl's picture
Joined: 08/28/06
Posts: 2004

"HaganBaby" wrote:

I am going to BF. I've been reading the The Breastfeeding book by Dr. Sears. I'm finding the facts helpful and the pictures. BF is the thing I look forward to the most when the baby gets here. I remember how much it hurt my sister but she said it was so worth it as it helped her uterus get smaller.

Also, I recommend reading The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding. I loved that book.

http://www.amazon.com/Womanly-Breastfeeding-Leche-League-International/dp/0345518446/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1311972197&sr=8-1

_Jessicah_'s picture
Joined: 04/21/11
Posts: 1973

"HaganBaby" wrote:

I am going to BF. I've been reading the The Breastfeeding book by Dr. Sears. I'm finding the facts helpful and the pictures. BF is the thing I look forward to the most when the baby gets here. I remember how much it hurt my sister but she said it was so worth it as it helped her uterus get smaller.

I was back down to my pre-pregnancy weight in no time after I had my daughter and I attribute this to the BF'ing. After I had to stop because of my milk supply drying I actually gained weight!

HaganBaby's picture
Joined: 10/17/07
Posts: 334

"gaidinsgirl" wrote:

Also, I recommend reading The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding. I loved that book.

http://www.amazon.com/Womanly-Breastfeeding-Leche-League-International/dp/0345518446/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1311972197&sr=8-1

I order it. My book store didn't have it lol.

Joined: 04/10/11
Posts: 1703

"gaidinsgirl" wrote:

Also, I recommend reading The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding. I loved that book.

Will do. That's the one book for some reason I've been a little freaked out (too early??) to start reading. I found an old copy at Goodwill. We actually bought a whole giant pile of Goodwill pregnancy books for like $10 figuring if there's one we REALLY love, we can go out for a new volume. Oh, that reminds me to renew my library books, too!

gaidinsgirl's picture
Joined: 08/28/06
Posts: 2004

"triplespiral" wrote:

Will do. That's the one book for some reason I've been a little freaked out (too early??) to start reading. I found an old copy at Goodwill. We actually bought a whole giant pile of Goodwill pregnancy books for like $10 figuring if there's one we REALLY love, we can go out for a new volume. Oh, that reminds me to renew my library books, too!

I read it while nursing my ds. I got it from the library and then ordered my own copy. It is really good. I honestly think that book made me cherish my breastfeeding time with my son a little more.

JuneorJulyBaby?'s picture
Joined: 10/20/08
Posts: 2479

I breastfed for 8.5 months. I had to supplement at least a bottle per day but it was so worth it!

This time I am for sure going to breastfeed. I'm going to try pumping after feeding to help boost my supply this time though.

AshnBill's picture
Joined: 11/06/06
Posts: 5333

Yes, I can't wait! I really enjoyed breastfeeding our son. The first few weeks are awful, but if you get through that it's great!

.hilary.'s picture
Joined: 01/31/10
Posts: 1505

I am going to. I am so looking forward to nursing and the binding that comes with it...I just can't wait. I decided early on it was somthing I absolutely wanted to do, and I have done soooo much reading on it now, haha!! I know things can change, but my plan is to BF for the first year as their main food source (obviously starting a few solids at six months). Since I will be a SAHM for the first year, I really hope to be able to make that happen. Then I hope to BF for at least another year as a nutrition supplement.

I'm_a_pepper's picture
Joined: 10/25/05
Posts: 606

I plan on doing it again. I BF my first son for almost 14 months. We had a little trouble at first (had to use a nipple shield for a couple of months) but I'm so glad I stuck with it.