(Closed) Breastfeeding – Pros and Cons?

posted 5 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper

Pros: it was free. Once I got the hang of it, it was easy. I could bond with her with something no one else could.

cons: painful mastitis. No one felt comfortable babysitting because she wouldn’t take a bottle. Sometimes I had trouble producing enough. I had to give up many things I enjoyed because the food would affect her stomach. After 9 months of pregnancy you still don’t have your body to yourself. My husband could not help a night, it was all on me and I was exhausted all the time.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

We don’t have kids yet, but I am in a family of breast feeders. It is free and there are tons of nutritional benefits for the baby, especially if you have a history of some diseases. It seems to work the best if you pump at work and can share feeding responsibility. It also is a natural firm of birth control. The downsides seem to be that it tales a lot of time and that if is almost impossible to lose the lasr 5 preganancy pounds until you stop. My niece and nephews were exclusively nursed for a year and their parents all felt it waa a great option.

Post # 6
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Busy bee

Pros:  it was free, bonding time, along with some alone time with just me and the baby

Cons:  painful – i didn’t get used to it until 4 months into it!! 

I know it’s “healthy” for a baby – but I bottle fed my first child, breastfed my second – my second child gets more sick than my first one, who was bottlefed, ever did. So I don’t believe that health myth.  Do what you believe is best for you and the baby. I enjoyed nursing my second child.  I loved the bonding.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I would add (and this is based on direct sources from two friends who have been giving me advice now that I’m pregnant) that a pro of breastfeeding is that it helps you get your body back much faster. Basically because you are pumping out the calories, you get back into shape faster when you breastfeed.

Our plan is for me to attempt to breastfeed for 1 year precisely. I will be on maternity leave for 6 months so it should work at least for that long.  After 6 weeks or so, I will start pumping so that my husband can take some of the feedings (using the level 1 nipple per recommendations so the baby doesn’t reject the breast later).

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Well, not only is it “healthier” but it is proven that it affects IQ- something that lasts far beyond the first few years!

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

health reasons alone is enough to convince me to breastfeed. i actually think all hospitals should explain to all new mothers about the benefits of breastfeeding….

Breastfeeding assists in brain development too. Theirs been studies that show that babies who were breast fed longer (atleast 6 months) were on average smarter then formula fed babies. It also keeps the baby healthy and and a much less risk of catching an illness that could potentially be dangerous for such a tiny body.

actually who am i kidding – i couldn’t afford to formula feed my baby. diapers are expensive enough. lol.

 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I nursed DD for 13 months, 6 months exclusively. She’s 2 1/2 now.

Pros: convenient! You don’t have to get bottles ready every time you leave the house, and you don’t have to do anything for nighttime feedings. Bonding time. Soothing for baby. DD is really healthy; aside from a couple of sniffly noses, she’s never been sick. A woman commented how healthy and beautiful DD is, and she said it must be because I nursed her for so long 🙂

Cons: like KatyElle said, you don’t get your body to yourself after pregnancy; you’re still sharing. People can get judgy if you nurse for too long. 

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I was never able to breast feed… we had a lot of complications and tried for about a month. Now I exclusively pump and supplement 6 ounces a day with formula. 

Pros: Even with a good pump we are saving money and I feel like I am giving her exatly what she needs. Breast milk can be left at room temp for 8 hours so I don’t need to warm up bottles or put together formula, but I will say I know how formula companies make all their money, trying to make formula at 2am results in a lot of waste!

Cons: very time consuming and I still have to wake up in the middle of the night to pump. It makes planning for trips and day outings extremely important. Lots of stuff to clean for the pump and it is an adjustment starting work again. 

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