Originally Posted by timesway
How do you plan to feed baby, are you going down the breast feeding route? and how would you feeel if it didnt work out for you? how do you feel about formula? also are you scared about breast feeding if you havnet done it before?
oops I did it again ... the pros and cons of an active thread
To answer Quinalla's question, I am actually most looking forward to breast feeding!
I'm a first time mom but feel very strongly about breastfeeding. I'm an immunologist and it would kill me to not give my babies protective antibodies when they need them most. The idea of perfect nutrition, which changes as your babe gets older and needs different balances of fats, protein, etc is fascinating to me from a scientific perspective and awes me from a mothering perspective. The strong connection between mom and baby forged by breastfeeding is icing on the cake to me, but I'm sure my views may change when i look back in a few years.
My plan is to exclusively BF for at least 6 months, or until baby shows and interest in food and actually eats, with a goal of continuing to a year and seeing where we want to go from there. I'll be returning to work and am so glad I have a mom-friendly work environment and private bench to pump.
To be honest, if for some reason BFing didn't work out, I would be devastated. However, I believe there are very few reasons a committed mom can't breast feed, and I'm committed to making it happen. The idea of feeding my baby formula just doesn't sit well. Honestly if I am told we need to supplement I would dig my heels in and refuse to do so unless there is an actual medical need, not just slow supply build-up. I'm a lot more scared about the whole birth process itself, and the idea of someone being dependent on us for the next 18 years, than I am of breast feeding.
The thing about a newborn I am not looking forward to is the idea that there is this tiny little life in your hands. It's a whole new level of responsibility which at this point I frankly fiind intimidating. I'm sure we will find our way as millions of others do, but how do you prepare for that first week of getting to know your babe at home when it's just the 3 of you?
If you could be any historic figure, who would you be? (for fun, I will consider the future to be history we just don't know about yet!)