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What do you think of breastfeeding?

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I think it's good to breastfeeding, i do! but many people are telling me not to? i dont know. i want to and i know its my decition, its just that its my first child and im 16 and i dont want to do anything wrong. i want to be a good mother. Help?

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i breastfeed my 3 month old caitlyn and i plan to breastfeed my second child when its born i think breastfeeding is good it depends on the person some people can handle the pain and the getting up in the middle of the night to feed the baby and stuff and some people cant it takes alot of patients to breastfeed because sometimes the baby wont latch on and you gotta keep trying to get the baby to breastfeed so i think if you can handle all that then breastfeeding is a great idea good luck!
I think you should breastfeed. It's the best thing for your baby. 
I think you should breastfeed. It's the best thing for your baby. 
There are many many sides to this argument. I am in favor of breastfeeding, I figure that you were given the means to feed your infant for a reason. You should talk to your doctor about it, as it is a decision every pregnant woman has to make. He/she may have more information to give you. If it is possible, you should talk to your mother also, as she has experience with this. There is much information available about the pros and cons of breastfeeding.This is just the first of many decisions you will have to make regarding your child. In my opinion it is best to talk to the people who have the most experience or education (doctors, other mothers, etc.) Good luck, and congratulations on your baby!
Breastfeeding is always best for your baby. The only valid argument i see is the ability for your baby to bond with others during the feeding process. If you choose to do that you can simply pump breast milk for the bottles. You are the Mommy and Mommy knows best for HER baby!
First and for most you are the mom. I do think that you should try, if it doesn't work, you do't like, becomes too mush whatever your reason maybe to quit then you have a least tried. Giving your baby those first couple of days the the colostrum (first milk that has ectra nutrients and antibodies to give baby the best start). There are many benefits to breastfeeding; your uterus contracts faster, assists in losing your pregnancy weight, baby gains many benefits also there's no washing/sterilizing bottles. But do get in mind that the first couple weeks of nursing is not all roses and sunshine. It will be painful to start and you will have cramping in your uterus (that is it shrinking back to oringinal size). No matter weather you nurse or bottle fed there will be no sleep as baby will be needing to eat anywhere from every 2-4 hours in the first couple of weeks.Do make your own descision. Best of luck. :)
There are many pros and cons to breast feeding vs bottle/formula feeding, it is proven that breast feeding is best for your child, also being that you are only 16 I would say that breast feeding would be better because it would also be one less expense (no need for formula) but of course it is YOUR decision, and frankly I don't think anyone should be telling you "not to" they can offer advice but to me the decision is yours alone. Do some research online and explore both options throughly before you make your decision.Good luck :)
as for the expense of formula, there are govt programs to help if you qualify. it's called WIC. you can get info and apply at the health dept. however, it's your decision to breastfeed. if you choose to do so, then go ahead. and good for you! i tried it, and it wasn't for me. plenty of babies develop just fine on formula. stop worrying about what everyone else thinks about it, and decide for yourself what you want to do.
Definitely breastfeed. If some people think you shouldn't , it's because they are unaware of the benefits for you and the baby, and probably because they didn't breastfeed.  I suggest reading the book "The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding"; it's the best book on the subject. This book is put together by La Leche League International.  When you have your baby, or even before, you can call La Leche League and they will answer your questions for free. LLL( La Leche League) is made up of moms who breastfeed their babies and have all kinds of answers. They have monthly , local meetings.  LLL is in the phonebook.  Your baby needs to bond with YOU, not others via a bottle.  I never used bottles, as it causes "nipple confusion".  Milk that comes out of a bottle just flows pretty freely without much work from the baby.  But when a baby breastfeeds, he/she has to work at it and suck.  So if a baby is used to a bottle, and being passive about the milk going in his/her mouth, then the baby may do pretty much the same thing at the breast and be confused as to why the milk doesn't just come out of the breast like the bottle.  So it's best not to even confuse a baby with a bottle that way.  Make sure you drink lots of water when you breastfeed, and eat really good meals, as breastfeeding can make you hungry, and you want your milk to be of good quality.  There are so many ingredients in mom's milk that they just can't duplicate with formula; they're always trying to make it almost as good, adding "new ingredients".  But they can't add immunoglobulins which  transfer the mom's immunity in the early days when the baby is getting colostrum mostly.  It's good that after you give birth, breastfeeding makes your uterus contract; this helps get the uterus back to its original size.  The baby's sucking at the breast makes the breast produce milk.  It may take a few days for the voluminous milk to come in after the baby's birth.  It's ok that in the first few days the baby is getting just colostrum.  just keep letting the baby breastfeed and shun the bottles.  Also, breastfeeding makes the mom produce hormones which promote bonding, and a peaceful feeling while breastfeeding.  My babies slept with me and my husband, so we'd both drift off to sleep while breastfeeding in bed.  I wasn't on drugs, so I never rolled over on the baby. Also, moms who breastfeed have  a lower incidence of breast cancer later in life. Cow's milk is made for calves, not human babies. Many babies are allergic to cow's milk,and will develop problems with congestive mucous and recurrent ear infections. Babies who breastfeed develop their jaw muscles better and have straighter teeth.   Your baby will be healthier and happier when you breastfeed.  I've never once regretted breastfeeding all of my children, but i think I would have regretted bottle/cow's milk formula feeding.  It's important to get the position right of the baby to your breast. I would suggest going to a La Leche League meeting while you are still pregnant just to see how other moms breastfeed,  and they will enthusiastically answer your questions.  I wish you all the best.

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