Breast Milk or Formula?

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Natalya posted this 26 August 2018

I attended a forum that stressed that breastfeeding is the ideal and only way to feed your baby. I am not endowed when it comes to boobs and not sure if i will have enough milk. What do you guys think about formula feeding or breast feeding?

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Tasha posted this 31 May 2019

Girl, I have the tiniest boobs you'd ever see and I produce milk like a freakin cow. 😂  It's a blessing and a curse. I do think breast is best, but I know soo many women who tried to nurse and there were just too many factors against them! The formula they make now is pretty amazing, so there should be NO mom guilt with formula!

Kate posted this 17 May 2019

Breast size has no bearing on milk production, so no need to worry on that front! I know that there have been a lot of comments here about the potential benefits of breastfeeding, and I agree that it can be a great thing. But I also want to add that newer research shows that many of the supposed benefits of breastfeeding have been overstated in the past. I breastfed my oldest for 18 months and that worked well for us, but I know a lot of people who weren't able to breastfeed for long, and sometimes not at all, and their children are healthy and thriving after being formula fed. There are some great resources out there to support you in breastfeeding if that is what you choose to do. But if you choose not to, for any reason, that is also a completely valid choice! Good luck!

Chelsea posted this 16 May 2019

I breast fed my first for a few months and included formula. I couldn't always produce milk and while I was at work it was nearly impossible to pump. Next baby I might try to breastfeed exclusively for a year. Wish me luck! LOL

Elora posted this 16 May 2019

I'm trying not to put too much pressure on myself. 37w pregnant and my LOs dad has never been in the picture, so if breastfeeding is easy, it might mean not having to clean bottles, w/e. But I don't want to be disappointed if we're not able to do it either or stress about that so much that I don't enjoy all the other things that come with being a FTM. 

Kaitlyn posted this 16 May 2019

It takes some work, but it's worth it! I breastfed both of mine for a year. Try it for at least 6 weeks and see how you feel. And see a lactation specialist! They helped me a lot with the latch, which made everything easier and less painful. 

Allegra posted this 14 May 2019

Breast milk is better for your baby, but whichever will do just fine. Formula is more convenient if you are going back to work after maternity leave. 

Mackenzie posted this 14 May 2019

Breast size will not matter to milk production. There are great free resources for lactation advise and consults. I breast fed for a long while and I am smaller up top.

user9 posted this 14 May 2019

Breast milk is the best milk! There is nothing else like it! Breast size does not determine how much milk you make. That is determined by food, and how often your baby nurses.

Kushi posted this 13 May 2019

Breastfeeding it is ! It’s the best you can give your child. It will seem tough initially, but once you and your baby find the comfort...everything works out just fine. But you need to be mentally prepared and convinced that this is what you need to do..or else you will struggle with your emotions. Plus it’s more convenient and cheaper option ! 

user6 posted this 13 May 2019

I agree with the consensus that breast size does not matter! I believe that you should try to breastfeed in the beginning. If it is not for you then at least you tried! It is really the breast (pun intended) thing for baby! Formulas try to mimic mother's milk, but cannot. Feeding baby from the breast prevents BOTH of you from sickness. It also lowers your risk for breast cancer and postpartum depression. There are many other benefits. When breastfeeding be sure to take a daily probiotic, and also find your local La Leche League and attend meetings. The women and leaders there are very knowledgeable and helpful! Oh, I must mention that when you breastfeed baby the poopy diapers are more tolerable. Formula babies have terrible smelling poop! Also, formula babies spit up a lot and seem lethargic because they are usually overfed. These babies also tend to be overweight. Breastfed babies have lower risk of childhood obesity, are alert, and don't spit up often. I never used burp cloths with my baby. She spit up once or twice during infancy.

Katie posted this 20 November 2018

There are many thungs you can eat to help you produce more milk. There lactation cookies and so many recipes for food to produce more milk.

Trisha posted this 20 November 2018

It really comes down to what you are capable of doing. If you can breastfeed you should do it as the nutrition is more promising and you gain benefits from it as well. Breastfeeding is hard when you are  worried about whether your baby is getting enough breast milk. There are ways to boost breast milk production if this is one of your concerns!

sarah posted this 20 November 2018

Breast milk all the way girl. So good for the baby and you. Nutrients for baby and helps mommy loose weight as well. Think of how you will be providing the best for your baby.

Kati posted this 20 November 2018

Breastfeeding is the best and most natural thing for a mother to do if she can. I have breast fed all my children and will continue with my one on the way. So many nutrients for the baby. 

Kathryn posted this 19 November 2018

I would have to totally go with breast milk. I want the best there is for my child that I can give. I breastfed and formula fed with my first child because I couldn't produce enough milk. The formula had my daughter colicky a lot though is the downfall with formula.

Erin posted this 19 November 2018

I breast fed a few months and then switched to formula. I had to go back to work and it was a tough call to make as pumping would have been very difficult. This time around i'm going to stick it out for as long as possible.

Abigail posted this 19 November 2018

It is ok to switch to baby formula. Nowadays most formulas have a lot of the same nutrients your baby needs to stay healthy.

Donna posted this 16 November 2018

As mentioned above, breast size totally doesn't matter! I personally see the studies are there that shows there are more benefits to breastfeeding. But there's just such a stigma with this topic and so much mom shaming. I say just feed your baby lol! Breastfeeding can also be very draining and emotional for moms, so if your heart isn't in, don't put yourself through it. You're baby's health and your health are so important, your focus should be that whether is breast or not. Don't let anyone shame you on your choice!

Keiko posted this 16 November 2018

Breast feeding is definitely cheaper. Formula is also good for people that needs extra for their babies.

Jeanette posted this 16 November 2018

I will use formula from the beginning. There are a lot of good ones out now. I know breast feeding is great, but the pressure is unbearable sometimes.

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