Breastapo!!

posted 2 years ago in Babies
Post # 2
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8426 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

nearly-mrs-R:  I’m in the US and I think there is a lot of parent shaming in general, but as long as the child is happy and healthy, I don’t see how it’s anyone else’s business. 

Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

It’s kind of sad, but you’re judged if you breastfeed (look at all the public breastfeeding shaming going on in the US) and you’re judged if you formula feed.  Just really sad it seems to always be the shaming of women that goes on…

As far as the article, it’s from the daily mail so… no one has to choose to breastfeed (choosing formula is perfectly fine) but plenty of people breastfeed just fine (almost 16 lb 4-month old daughter over here) and their babies thrive so this kind of article is a little sensationalist and fails to understand how breastfeeding works IMO.

For example… “At 10 days old Natalie Murray’s daughter Lyla weighed less than at birth”  That is actually what is supposed to happen.  Babies are born with extra fluids that they lose after birth, losing 7-10% of body weight is normal for a breastfed infant.  They normally regain it by 14 days after birth but it can take a little longer.  I’m terrible at math, but I tried to calculate it and her daughter’s weight loss was not over 10% and her 2 month weight was in the 25%, not exactly off the charts. So I would take that article for what it is…

But failure to thrive is a real thing, and parents should listen to their doctors if they recommend adding formula.  Usually over here Dr.’s recommend formula if breastfeeding really isn’t working. 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I do hate to read all the breastfeeding horror stories, because I think it scares new moms.  I found breastfeeding to be a wonderful, happy, sweet experience.  My absolute favorite part of being a new mother.  I don’t think people should be pressured, but I do think they should make informed choices. 

Both my kids lost about 10% of their body weight before they started gaining.  It’s perfectly normal!

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