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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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Shameka posted this 26 August 2018

Breast size doesn't matter I think. Long as the ducts are working! I wanted to breast feed, but it didn't work out for me. As long as baby is being fed, that's all that matters. Everyone isn't able to breast feed and some may just not want to.

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Heather posted this 27 August 2018

I breastfed for as long as I could, about a month then switched to formula because he threw so much up. So we had to add oatmeal to his formula as well. They thought my milk was sour but then he kept throwing that up, just acid reflux. Anyways he only got breast milk for about a month but he's very healthy. Very rarely gets sick and always been like that.

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Jessie posted this 27 August 2018

Your breast size does not matter when producing milk. Trust me they will enlarge when they are full. Some people get more milk than others though, nothing to do with the size though. If you can breastfeed though I would do it, for at least as long as you can. It's the most natural, your body is meant to do it and it's free. Plus it gives you a bond that you wouldn't have endured otherwise. It's special.

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Eva posted this 28 August 2018

I will stick with formula. My nipples are already sore and i have implants.

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Jenifer posted this 28 August 2018

I have researched and found that breast feeding tends to be a lot healthier for the baby. Even if you only breast feed at the beginning and then switch to formula afterwards is better than feeding formula the whole time. There are so many natural nutrients that the baby misses out on if you do not breast feed at first. 

Katelyn posted this 28 August 2018

I did for a few weeks, it hurt way too much and it stressed my baby out. I don’t think I was producing enough milk to satisfy my nugget. I had to switch to formula and he’s happy as a clam! And healthy too!

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Emma posted this 28 August 2018

Try to breastfeed but they’ll be fine with formula. We did both.

 

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Amy posted this 29 August 2018

I breastfed for six weeks because that's what I was recommended to help boost their immune system and then after that I was done. It hurt and I was sore and tired. Very emotional. My kid seems to be doing good. Doesn't ever really get sick either.

Becca posted this 29 August 2018

I think breastfeeding is best. Definitely cheaper. Lots of pain in the beginning but it does go away and it’s worth it.

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Kelly posted this 29 August 2018

Breast size won't affect your milk production. 

As for the decision, it's a personal choice of what works best for you. I breastfed until I developed mastitis that wouldn't clear up around four months. I was super bummed but life goes on. My boy is happy and healthy and that's all that matters. 

Abby posted this 30 August 2018

Yeah, breast size doesn’t matter. It’s amazing what the body can do. If you want to breastfeed you’ll be able to but if you don’t want to formula will give you a healthy child as well.

Caitlyn posted this 30 August 2018

I think breast feeding is a good thing if you can. Sometimes mother's have difficulty doing so if they don't make enough milk or some other type of problem though. I think it is a personal preference in the end. What ever your baby seems to do the best with is what matters most. 

Amanda posted this 30 August 2018

Breastfeeding is always the BEST way to feed your baby because it is so healthy for them. However, it is 2018! Just feed your baby. formula or no formula. Breastfeeding can be challenging and very hard, but if you keep going, don't stop, have them on your boob long enough you will be able to produce just fine. 

Amanda posted this 30 August 2018

 Same with me. My child had really bad acid reflux until he was 7 months. He just grew out of it. I don't think it had anything to do with my breast milk or formula

I breastfed for as long as I could, about a month then switched to formula because he threw so much up. So we had to add oatmeal to his formula as well. They thought my milk was sour but then he kept throwing that up, just acid reflux. Anyways he only got breast milk for about a month but he's very healthy. Very rarely gets sick and always been like that.

sandra posted this 30 August 2018

Whatever works for you! Everyone is going to have an opinion, but if you end up not producing enough milk then there are plenty of ways for your baby to still get the nutrients they need. As long as you speak with the doctor, they can give you plenty of options to make sure your child is healthy. 

Katie posted this 31 August 2018

The size of your breasts will not matter in milk production.  I know everyone always says "Breast is Best" but you need to do what is going to be best for you and your baby.  If your milk comes in great and the flow of breastfeeding is working for you and your baby then that is awesome!  If you are stressed and it isn't working then it is okay to go to formula.  Give it a good try but dont beat yourself up if you need to switch  to formula! 

aubrey posted this 31 August 2018

I would say start to breastfeed, but if it gets too complicated or overwhelming just go to formula. Either way, you have to feed your baby

Jessica posted this 03 September 2018

I agree with some others on here. I believe it is very important to breast feed at first if not full time. There are many nutrients the baby will lose if you don't breast feed at first. Formula has some nutrients, but just not the same as the natural ones in breast milk. 

Ashley posted this 03 September 2018

Good question. And a lot of great comments. Sometimes things happen with the birthing experience too when you don't get to see the baby right away. Well, the nurses have to feed the baby with or without your supply. I mentioned on another post....we do the best we can with what we know! I pumped for 6 weeks because the baby wouldn't latch. I have never been more exhausted because my supply was very healthy! I quit after 6 weeks and switched to formula. But in the beginning, all she had was formula for 3 or 4 days.

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Mary posted this 03 September 2018

I only breast fed for a short time. I think it helped by not going straight to formula. There are so many good formulas now. I don't think that they would be losing that many nutrients, but I could be wrong of course. My baby sees happy and healthy. 

Joann posted this 05 September 2018

I went with formula for the most part. I breastfed for a short time, but I was having trouble doing so. Formula seemed to work just fine and my baby liked it. 

Shantel posted this 05 September 2018

Its really just up to the mother, her needs, the baby's needs, and the doctor's recommendations. I hate all of the judgement mothers get for the way their child is fed. As long as they are healthy and taken care of, another mothers feeding habits are not your business.

Alaca posted this 05 September 2018

Not everyone is able to breastfeed.  My baby never took the nipple, no matter how much I tried.  Only wanted formula. I think breast milk is best because it is natural but if baby doesn't want or mother can't then formula will do its job.  There are plenty of formulas that works well.

Suze posted this 05 September 2018

I breastfeed all the way.  The baby gets all the necessary nutrients like that.  But there were a few days where my son didn't want it but then he changed his mind.

Heide posted this 07 September 2018

For the first 2 months my son had both because my milk supply wasn't that good yet.

Evelyn posted this 07 September 2018

Its all your choice momma. If you can't breastfeed ,it doesn't mean your baby won't get the nutrients from formula. Formula is convenient also by the time you want go back to work again.

Michelle posted this 16 September 2018

I started with breast milk and then switched to formula after awhile. It was easier and my pediatrician advised it would be okay to switch. My little one didn't seem to mind. Breast milk is healthiest though. 

Lauren posted this 17 September 2018

I think (or so I've heard) that breast milk is better...being that our bodies were designed to feed our babies. But the proof over the years that children can be perfectly healthy with formula should settle our nerves. Do what's best for you! <3

Lisa posted this 03 October 2018

I breast milk all the way.  gosh there were some really painful days but I found it to be the best and my baby girl alway took it and wanted it.  but I am not against formula, I believe there are some really good formulas out there.

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Danielle posted this 16 October 2018

Breast size doesn't impact your milk production. Breast milk is preferred by doctors, but not all mamas can produce enough and not all babies can breast feed. There can be latch problems, breasts problems, etc. You could always give it a try and speak with a lactation consultant. 

Lisa posted this 16 October 2018

Don't worry about your breast size. It doesn't impact your milk production or ability to breastfeed. I agree that "breast is best" in my house, but it's a personal decision. Not all moms/babies can breastfeed successfully. There are complications. Do what works best for you and your little one.

Katherine posted this 17 October 2018

I have exclusively breastfed my babies but it is a personal choice, I have very small breast cup A. My baby was born at 7lbs and at 7 weeks he weights 11. I have never had a huge supply but baby is happy and loves it. It is difficult and painful in the beginning but after you get the hang of it the boobie makes wonders lol. They are soothers for everything and anything.

Kara posted this 17 October 2018

Breast size doesn't impact production... your diet and overall health do however.

As for my personal view, do what's best for you and your little one in your own circumstance. Sometimes problems arise in mom or baby that you can't prevent. I was able to breastfeed my first child until age 1 but had issues the second time around and was only able to breastfeed for 3 months. That was with a whole lot of pumping and crying on my part. I wish I'd switched sooner rather than torturing myself. I'll try again this time but won't ever be so hard on myself again if something just isn't working.

Dominique posted this 17 October 2018

Whatever works for you! I don't mommy shame. 

Jena posted this 17 October 2018

I was prepared for both. Had the breast pump and some cans of formula on hand just in case.  Whatever works best for you and for baby.

Heather posted this 18 October 2018

I will stick with formula, I tried breastfeeding and I was really sore. I tossed and turned put on a support bra, I was NEVER comfortable. I leaked and turned on both sides- I was still sore.

Susan posted this 18 October 2018

I am worried about this topic as well. I think I won't have enough milk either but I have been looking into way to increase milk when baby does come out...oats, lactation cookies are what my sister swore by, and talking with mamas who breast feed exclusively is helpful. But honestly when the time comes I'll know which one I would prefer. I think which ever works for mama and baby is best!

Rudy posted this 18 October 2018

I believe breastmilk is better all around but unfortunately for me I was not able to breastfeed for more than a week any of my kids. It made me feel like a complete failure at the beginning but they were fed and fine afterwards so I was happy after I accepted that breastfeeding just wasn't for me 

Lynn posted this 18 October 2018

I'm not certain I'm going to be able to breastfeed, so I'm stocking up on formula just in case but will talk to a lactation consultant and try initially. 

LaKeisha posted this 21 October 2018

I did both with my baby.   I think that either high quality formula or breast milk will make for healthy nutrition.   

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Janessa posted this 21 October 2018

Yes, LaKeisha. I totally agree. With my first baby, we could not get the latch right. It was becoming traumatic for both of us so I pumped for another month and a half and supplemented with formula. My son is a super bright child now at 5 years old and rarely gets sick. Do what you need to do to feed your growing baby and don’t get caught up in all the judgements and mommy wars. My second baby was exclusively breastfed. It was a beautiful experience. I do not see any difference between my two kids, FYI.

Maggie posted this 22 October 2018

I plan to breast feed or at least try! I know alot of girls with boobs as small, if not smaller than mine and they did just fine! I’m praying I can provide for my lil girl but if not formula is always okay! Nothing to stress yourself out about!(: 

Jayme posted this 22 October 2018

My goal is to breast feed even though I have terribly small boobs. I’m so excited to try this new thing and bond with my little one! 

Kahi posted this 22 October 2018

I’m not too worried either way! I know either way my baby will be okay and healthy, as long as she’s full and happy that’s all that matters!(: 

Nancy posted this 22 October 2018

I most certainly want to try breast feeding, I know some moms who thinks it’s gross or are totally against it and I see no point in that. There’s no harm in trying and seeing how it goes! I’m hoping I can produce a decent amount of milk for my bub!

LaKeisha posted this 22 October 2018

Yeah, I definitely wasn't "busty" before I became pregnant so I wouldn't focus too much on that. You'll swell as long as the ducts are working

Ellie posted this 22 October 2018

Breastfeeding is always the best option if you can. Breast size doesn’t determine the amount of milk you make, if you are not producing much I believe there are things you can do to try to increase the production. 

Jean posted this 15 November 2018

I understand that breastfeeding is ideal, but not everybody can produce enough or make time in their work schedule, etc to pump.  Formula now is much better than it used to be, and so long as your baby is thriving I think either is fine.

Britanie posted this 15 November 2018

Breast milk is ideal but it doesn't always work for mommas.  Formulas are packed with so many nutrients and vitamins now that there shouldn't be an issue for using formula.  I do believe you need to give it an honest try and let your baby only have breast milk for at least the first week before using formula.  

Amber posted this 15 November 2018

I am going to try to breast feed. As long as the baby takes and we don't have any issues, I'll do it for as long as possible. My work is also really good and will allow me to pump at certain times.
If the baby doesn't take, We will do formula. I am hoping she takes to it though. Formula has it's own issues at times. My first child had to be on all soy.

Donna posted this 15 November 2018

I had no choice but to go with formula as my nipple was injured when I was very young and my babies couldn't latch.

Nelufat posted this 16 November 2018

I breastfed for three months and start with formulas. Those kids could eat.

Lindiwe posted this 16 November 2018

Formula it is for me, less hassle. Please, don't judge me!

Kathryn posted this 16 November 2018

I had to stop breast feeding with my first. I couldnt produce enough milk. I hope this time it's going to work.

I would say start to breastfeed, but if it gets too complicated or overwhelming just go to formula. Either way, you have to feed your baby

Kathryn posted this 16 November 2018

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Kathryn posted this 16 November 2018

I think breast feeding is superimportant buy it is different for us all. I couldn't do it with my first child. I am trying with my second jow for sure. I may even look into buying it. 

Palomita posted this 16 November 2018

I prefer to breast feed for at least 8 months before exploring the formulas.

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.

Keiko posted this 16 November 2018

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

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!


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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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!

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.

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.

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 ! 

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.

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.

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. 

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. 

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. 

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

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!

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!

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