People act like babies are sensitive, super special glass statues that need all this special treatment to turn out good and will break in a million pieces if everything does not perfectly suit them, yet when it's time to raise them they back away and go all "but they're only three/four/five/six!". Fucking pussies. No wonder people end up the way they do.
Feed your kid as you wish, as long as you don't fire breastmilk down its throat with a shotgun.
Funny, because isn't your avatar a hipster Hitler? Ignore them. It's not like you decreed to never touch your baby ever. If you don't want to have to be bitten by babies, it's no one else's business. My solution? Eat the ones guilt-tripping you. They sound like fools.
My nephew was day-one formula-fed after my sister-in-law tried breastfeeding him once, he wouldnt latch and gave up completely. Didn't even look at using the breast pump.
However, in her defense, formula these days is pretty darn good in terms of nutrients, and Zach didn't suffer for it, he loves his mum no less.
Kudos to you for wanting to give your bub breast milk, it's your choice and yours alone how you feed your child. Let people like that stress themselves about it, it's still not going to affect what you do for you and your baby.
I have five grown up children and I breast fed them all, simply because it was my choice and I enjoyed doing it. However, I am a firm believer in a mother having the choice to feed her baby how she likes, as we all have different life styles. You deserve a pat on the back for expressing milk, as that is a time-consuming task, and at least you know that your baby will get the benefit of the immunity that early breast milk offers. You do not need to breast feed to bond with your baby and in fact, a couple of mine were over-clingy because they became obsessed with using me as a human dummy! No one remembers how you fed your baby as soon as they are a bit older, so don't let anyone guilt trip you and just enjoy this precious time with your daughter.
I love how fire-heart breastfeeding advocates don't listen to valid reasons like "breastfeeding hurts me bad". "It hurt a bit for me too, now it's nothing". "But, you see, it hurts BAD. And I think it might actually damage the nipple skin." "Bollocks. Nipples out, wussy!"
Compare to "I gave birth without pain medication, it's the natural way to do, everyone is able to do this and everyone should."
Cheers to you for at least attempting to milk yourself for your baby o/
My mom never breastfed me or my brother, but as little children we've always been quite attached to her so I think the bonding thing is nonsense. Plus, it's been common for hundreds of years that when possible, most women chose alternatives for breastfeeding their babies. In the old days any woman that had standard enough would most likely find a female servant to do it for her, and nowadays many women choose to use the bottle instead. Also, as long as you're not going to extremes such as beating your child up or locking it away in a dark closet for a long time, you shouldn't let other people tell you how to raise your child. After all it's your child. You put it on the world, not them.
Really? I think it would be easier to feed right from the boob. I mean imagine this... baby crying in the middle of the night... Scenario #1 you have to get up, heat the bottle, maybe mix formula, and meanwhile have to deal with the stress of listening to the baby crying. Scenario #2 you grab the baby and whip out a boob. Plus no bottle costs, worries about BPA free bottles, and I highly doubt the pump will be much easier on your boob. Just sayin'. A boob is a practical thing. I'd at least give it a whirl. I mean, it's like having an awesome gadget that you never even try to use... you might find yourself empowered by possessing this awesome feeding device!
This is true... I guess I meant it would be easier down the road when the routine had been established... but yeah I imagine it is probably more work in the beginning. Especially if they won't latch on. :-/
True enough, but you'll probably wake up with all the crying anyway.
No matter what way you go though, I'm sure it won't make that big of a difference. My niece was bottle fed. She turned out okay. Both of my nephews and my cousins children were breast fed and they turned out okay too. I don't see that much of a difference between them really. I'm a health nut though (mostly organic whole foods), so I'm going to breast feed like a champ when I pop one out! Ha ha! And I do not want to waste time or money with bottles either! LOL! So I hope they take it out of the boob!
ugh... stupid people are stupid...my carer's mum got guilted into breastfeeding even though he was born with TEETH. the nurses let her bottle feed with breast milk once... then he refused to go back (presumably because he probably could tell he was causing her pain...or something)
...so long as you're holding her (what other options /are/ there? a hamster dripper? )you're bonding just fine... and it gives your partner a chance to bond too...and you'll be a happier mother if you're not sleep deprived with sore boobs...