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Motherhood Monday :: Breastfeed or Bottle?

Baby #3 is almost here!! Can you believe it? I often get the question, “Are you going to breastfeed or bottle feed?” For me it was really never a question for this baby or my other two.

Breast is Best.


I know some moms choose to bottle feed and we all have our reasons. So, I make it a point not to look down or judge moms for bottle feeding, but I do wonder if they have all the facts about why it’s so important. For me, it was whats in the best interest for the baby. I know there are many different types of milk available that claim to be just as good as breast milk. Which may be true, but for me why get the second best option for my baby when I am able to produce the BEST available option and I get health benefits as well.

Some 85 percent of mothers who wanted to breastfeed exclusively intended to do so for at least three months, but only 32 actually reached their breastfeeding goals.

Only 1 percent of moms set out to breastfeed for less than a month, but that was exactly how long more than 40 percent of moms lasted. (Source)

I breastfed my 1st & 2nd child for 6 months. When they both got teeth, I was a little scared of being bit! If I could do it over again, I would have went longer. With this baby my (minimum) goal is 10 months, but I would love to do a full year if I am able. Luckily, with the first two children – my job (at the time) had a breast feeding room (b/c I was in a cubicle) with a refrigerator. With my current position, I have my own office so I will be able to close the door and pump with more ease when I return to work.

Here are some (but not all) benefits for Breastfeeding:
The evidence for the value of breastfeeding to children’s and women’s health is scientific, solid, and continually being reaffirmed by new research. Medical experts agree with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in recommending exclusive breastfeeding for six months and continued breastfeeding for the first year of life and beyond. The comprehensive review and analysis of breastfeeding research released in 2007 by the DHHS Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality strongly supports the evidence demonstrated in the research:

  • For the child: reduced risk of ear, skin, stomach, and respiratory infections, diarrhea, sudden infant death syndrome, and necrotizing enterocolitis; and in the longer term, reduced risk of obesity, type 1 and 2 diabetes, asthma, and childhood leukemia.
  • For the mother: reduced risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, type 2 diabetes, and postpartum depression.  (Source)

If you read one of my other post, now President Obama is even supporting breastfeeding through Obamacare. If you are a new mother, your insurance (please call first) will supply you with a breast pump and lactation consultant if you need one. Which means the cost of a breast pump should no longer be an excuse for someone. Please click HERE to read more about Obamacare and Pumps!

Here are just a few websites/resources for more information to help make an informed decision:

http://www.cdc.gov/breastfeeding/resources/guide.htm
http://www.momsrising.org/site_search/
http://kellymom.com/

Did you breastfeed? What were your reasons – why or why not? Do you have regrets about anything? Do you have advice for any expecting mothers?

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    Katherine Phillips
    February 11, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    I breastfed my first for about two weeks. Some things happened that made me too stressed and I just wasn’t producing enough milk. I breastfed my second for 10 months. It was much easier.

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    kita
    February 11, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    I did not breastfeed my first born because I was too busy running the streets I was young and I did not stop to smell the roses let alone breastfeed. I gave the breastfeeding a try with my second because I was little older and more focused but did not like it so stopped after 6 weeks. I had all the info on why it was best and I agreed but it just wasn’t for me my patience level and temperament was not up to par and it was easier and more manageable for me to do bottle. I don’t regret anything and there will be no more children coming from me at all so I should not have to worry about it again *knocking on wood*

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    Charee Hall
    February 11, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    Great post and great FACTS!!! Girl Baby M has 2 teeth and I was scared to see what would come of Nursing, but girl, I don’t even know he has teeth! hahaha I’m glad I am able to Nurse him!!!

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    A Haute Mommy
    February 12, 2013 at 12:14 am

    I breast fed both mines for a year each and I plan to do the same with my third. I try to encourage others to do so as well but most have discomfort and quit. I can understand that because it’s not easy for everyone. It was easy for me both times and I hope this time will be the same.

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    YUMMommy
    February 12, 2013 at 12:43 am

    I breastfed Moo until she was almost two and I’m still breastfeeding my son and he’ll be two in May. I chose to breastfeed them because it was the best thing for them. And as it turns out they both have a severe allergy to dairy. There were times that I wanted to quit, but when you commit to being a parent, you have to be all in. I definitely think that I’ll stop breastfeeding my son a month before his birthday, but I’m not in a rush and don’t let other people’s negative comments get to me.

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    Marisa
    February 14, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    I never breastfed exclusively. It was extremely difficult, I had a lot of trauma due to incorrect bfeeding and was not emotionally invested in wanting to do it enough to make me actually do it. So after about a month, I just stopped altogether and stuck with the bottle and formula alone. I was fine with my decision. Parenthood has plenty to stress out about.

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