(Closed) Curious, those who chose not to breastfeed

posted 5 years ago in Babies
Post # 17
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I have the exact same story as Lyndzo:  

I’m undecided what to do with baby #2. I’m thinking I’ll try, but not put as much pressure on myself as I did with Dear Daughter.

christinah24:  Ugh.

Post # 18
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Worker bee

I apologize if I came off as judgemental didnt mean to offend anyone bf doesn’t make you a better mom than moms who choose to bottlefeed! My comment came from a good place I promise!

Post # 19
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

No kids myself, but I was mostly formula fed! My mom breastfead for the first month. Then my grandfather had a heart attack and the whole family was stressed out and at the hospital. And I started refusing breastfeeding. They switched me to formula and for a week I wouldn’t take a bottle from my mom. Just my dad/grandparents/family friends. Eventually, I took bottles from my mom, but I never went back to breastfeeding.

Post # 20
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

I am currently pregnant and I’m hoping I’ll be able to Boyfriend or Best Friend, but I’m completely open to the idea that I’ll probably have to supplement with formula (twins) or that I may not be able to breastfeed.  I was not breastfed as a baby because my parents left me in a different country to be raised by my grandmother (I was in Taiwan, my mom went back to the US).  I think formula can work well, however, I’ve struggled with allergies my entire life and I can’t help but wonder if being breastfed would’ve helped at least a little (not sure of quality control in Asia at that time either).  Obviously, not all situations allow babies to be breastfed and formula is the only option (as was the case with me).

Post # 21
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Buzzing Beekeeper

FloridaGatorBride:  That’s my plan with #2.  I’ll try but I won’t be upset if it doesn’t happen.

Big chested also, I’m a 40F. It didn’t affect my milk or BF’ing.

Post # 22
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

pbi: for those mentioning that they’re large chested does that affect breastfeeding in anyway? I didnt think it would be a problem….? Only thing ive heard is that the boobs might shrink lol.

Post # 24
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I’m 8 weeks pregnant and I will not be breasfeeding. I had a breast reduction almost 10 years ago, and there’s a good chance I will not produce enough milk (if any at all).

Post # 25
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

 

purrrbaby:  I am semi-large chested (36 – 38DD) and I had a great supply once my milk finally came in. My boobs did get bigger, and now that I’ve dried up they’re saggier than they used to be, but it didn’t negatively effect breastfeeding in anyway.

Post # 26
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

ren89:  No judgement whether you do or don’t, are able to or aren’t able to, decide you want to try or don’t decide you want to try, but my sister had a significant reduction about 10 years before she gave birth and she was able to breastfeed.  It took a while for her to have enough supply, but after about a month, she was exclusively breastfeeding.  It was discouraging to hear all the negativity about reductions when she told people she wanted to try.

 

Post # 27
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Still TTC here, but I plan on trying to Boyfriend or Best Friend as much as possible. But I work in surgery, so you can’t pump during long cases… so I’m really curious how it’ll all play out when the time comes. 

My good friend tried to Boyfriend or Best Friend and pump, but her supply dwindled at about 4 months and had to switch to formula. 

Post # 28
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

KatiePi:  a_day_at_the_fair:  Just a thought on the large chested thing.  I consider myself to have pretty normal sized breasts (Cs) but they never really got much bigger during pregnancy or after.  Even now (breastfeeding) I could fit into my pre-pregnancy sized bras.  So you never know what yours will do until they get there!  They did swell when my milk came in but adjusted pretty well after that.

purrrbaby:   <br />And I do hear that it’s pregnancy that makes your breasts sag (probably the changing sizes), not BFing FWIW.

 

I am still BFing (I really enjoy it and have had a super easy time with it) but I pretty much hate pumping (I pump at work 3x a day).  So I could easily understand why someone would give up if they had to pump and had a hard time with it.  The reason I like BFing is because it’s super easy (no prep, no clean up!).  Pumping is not!  Pumping sucks (IMO) it’s way more stressful than BFing.

Post # 29
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Busy bee

CHristine2809:  oh I do plan to at least try, if for no other reason than the cost effectiveness. I just know that it was one of the risks the surgeon mentioned so I’m not getting my hopes up too high. It’s comforting to know it’s still possible though!

Post # 30
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Buzzing bee

kes18:  It’s not just the size issue it’s a weight issue. Size H breasts full of milk? That’s going to be heavy, and if I don’t have back problems now I’m sure that would create some.

That is not the only reason I am not going to breast feed, and to put it harshly I don’t really care about other people’s experiences and how they were fine and it was great, I’m not changing my mind. It’s not something I’m interested in doing or trying.

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