Bottle...Would like to breast feed, but reality is it just won't work with my job situation and having to go back so soon. Also, with DS I never got milk, it never came in, so it may not even be a possibility for me. Here's to hoping it doesn't come in again, since this time I really can't do it. No pain that way.
Im going to bottle feed. I tried with Ta.ylor to bf an it was horrible. My milk never came in and he wouldnt lch. I wasnt allowed a pump at the hospital so was a complete disaster. I bought a hand pump and mighr try it. All my others were formula fed
I'm all for breastfeeding. My FH was so anti formula that he didn't even want bottles in the house. Having his ultimate support and encouragement helped me to successfully BF for 15 months, even if we were off the deep end about it. This time, I'm planning to EBF until I return to work after six weeks, then pump at work and nurse at home. I'm hoping to co-sleep and plan to baby wear, so that nursing is easier and more convenient too. HOPE being the keyword in all of that. I know it will all be a lot harder since I'm not only working (I was full time at home last time) but also on my own to do it all (no spouse to share the responsibilities with).
One thing I want to ask, what meds are you ladies on that you don't feel comfortable nursing? I'm on a mood stabilizer (sertraline) and after MUCH research have made the decision that both baby and I are better this way. I am healthier staying on it and my baby is healthier nursing, even if I'm on the meds. I've stayed on them through both pregnancies, too. If you don't mind sharing, I'm interested in your personal feelings about meds and BFing.
Single Mom parenting my kids the best way *I* know how
FH - My former husband and the man that blessed me with both my kidlets
DS - My May 2010 Moonbeam born
BG - My baby girl expected in Dec 2013
We are both on Lamictal (Roxi and I). Well. I am no longer on mine right now and haven't been since I found out I was pregnant again. I went back on it while I was pregant with Kamdyn and just freak out that it had some impact on his HPLH. I just don't want to risk anything but have been well aware of what's going on and if I need to be on them I will be.
Lamictal is still a newer medication so I hesitate to be on it while BFing. I really feel its a matter of personal choice and comfort and if you have done your research and feel that its okay then so be it. If I go back on my medications, I will not be BFing is my personal choice.. but I also may try to get a different medication that I would feel safer with. but that brings up the discomfort of not knowing how I will respond to the med.
Yeah, my psychiatrist looked into it for me and unfortunately as much as 75% of the medication can be passed through BFing and I'm just not comfortable with how that could potentially affect our LO's development. I stayed on it throughout the pregnancy after much deliberation because we felt it would be better for both me and the baby if I could wean off it very very slowly because I have a tendency to go into very manic episodes when off the meds and then I don't eat or sleep much. I also go into rages very easily so I just upped my folic acid intake to counter it and so far we haven't detected any issues.
But yeah, I'm down to 75mg per day now and the psych is loathe to reduce further while I'm going into my stressfull exam time again so the option of BFing is off the table for us right now.
I pumped and bottle fed my others until my pitiful milk supply dried up! My son was in NICU for a month and had terrible reflux with episodes of choking and dropping his heart rate with feeds. I had LARGE blood loss with him due to my previa and my milk supply took a hit. It took work with a OT (feeding specialist) to get him to feed without issues. Nothing major just a Dr. Brown's bottle and side lying. I attempted breast with #2 she latched, but I always supplemented from day 1 as I didn't think my supply would cut it. Ended up her reflux was worse than #1 so I fed her like #1. Not sure what I will do this time. For sure pump for a while.