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Apparently my mom nursed me for 2 weeks. Then 2 nights in a row, I kept them up all night. So the next day they fed me Similac. After that I slept through the night, and according to Mom, I "loved" Similac.
I sucked my thumb until I was 9 and seemed to always have oral fixations. I was pretty healthy, never really sick except one time when I was about 5 years old during the winter. I probably had a flu shot that week. No one left to ask
My mom had never even seen a baby nurse before she had me and a nurse at the hospital told her I would suffocate at the breast. Thank goodness she was determined and didn't run into any major problems.
So when I was born she just put me on formula figuring that she would do like she did with my brother even tho her cercumstances were very different. So both me and my younger brother were 100% ff. Other than my youngest brothers congenital heart defect we have both been pretty healthy altho i do now suffer from major seasonal allergies.
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She got pregnant w/ my brother 2 months later.
I was born totally unmedicated though mom almost had me in the car.
and I EBF'ed all three of my kids.
I, however, got great support (from my mom, too!), had access to lactation consultants in the hospital, went to LLL, read up, have a supportive DH, and have been nursing my son for 16 months. He has never had a bottle, not even of expressed breastmilk.
I was breastfed till 15 months, though, because I was a preemie and I was so small still. My brother and sister were each breastfed to 12 months.
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Even if that hadn't been the case my mother still would have ff. I think all her peers ff back then. (late 60s) My mom thought b'feeding was weird and all that. (She's been learning a little from me, but doesn't ask too many questions.)
My sister's dr. told Mom that she should take away the bottle by the time my sis was 9 months. Sis was 6 months at the time. Mom took away the bottle and sis never missed it. Mom tried the same thing with my brother. Boy was he pissed! He's 37 now and my dad swears that weaning my brother at 6 months has caused him mental issues ever since. I was the baby and got my bottle until I was 2, but was given reg cow's milk, juice, etc...
My entire family has weight problems. I have asthma and PCOS. I never had ear infections until I was about 12 years old that was around the time we moved to Mississippi, so that could have been the climate change.
I often wonder what would have happened had Mom known how to really BF. She totally supports my decision to BF this baby and even says that I should do it until she is 2 years old. Go MOM!
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I consider myself very lucky that mom was so knowledgeable about BFing back then.. late 60s early 70s. I hope dd and the new little bean feel that way too someday!
We never had ear infections and only one of us has a serious allergy. None of us has so far showed any signs of the family wheat allergy that my mom and her two sisters all have to varying degrees.
My mother was also breastfed, but supplemented with homemade formula since the doctors' advice on nursing pretty much ensured her mom would have low supply problems. When the doctors insisted she couldn't nurse bc she needed to monitor intake, she obtained a very accurate scale and weighted her babies before and after every nursign session.
She lasted a little longer with my little brother (2 years younger). My older sis (9yrs older than me) was born in the late 60's. My mom didn't even try with her. Back then (in FLA) the Dr's told her not to even touch my sister too much My mom feels REALLY awful about how detached she was from my sis. She held me and my brother constantly and never propped our bottles.
My bro and I have always been pretty healthy. I got strep throat a lot as a kid. I remember a long span of time where I got it yearly it seemed. I missed 2 weeks of school one time in like the 2nd or 3rd grade because I had strep so bad. I also had a few nasty ear infections that I recall.
ETA - I also had a *major* pacifier addiction. Apparently, I had one around my neck and one in each hand a lot of the time. I would rotate them
I was allergic to just about everything edible and was in and out of the hospital a lot in my first 3 years. Other then some freaky virus when I was 5 I had typical illnesses and my allergies were gone by the time I was 3-4 years old.
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I think she was planning on ff me anyway...I think that was just what was DONE (actually in this area it is STILL what is "done" ).
I have PCOS and a low milk supply and turns out she probably has PCOS as well so I wonder if that was the problem or if they gave her a shot without her consent and it dried her milk up.
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When I had my first baby, my mom tried for the first SIX months to get me to switch to formula! It was like her life mission or something. She would even call my brothers and tell them how worried she was that my son wasn't getting enough milk and that they needed to call me, so I would switch to formula! I had a very difficult BF experience, my baby was tongue tied and I had a bad case of ductal thrush from the antibiotics I got during labor... none of which was diagnosed until I was 6 wks postpartum and so close to quitting, but didn't, b/c I was determined to BF. It just made me so upset that she seemed so determined to get me to FF, even showing up with cans of formula EVERY time she visited. : Thankfully, everything turned out ok, I nursed my son for 15 months, and weaned during the 2nd trimester of my pregnancy, b/c my milk dried up. I almost started screaming at my mom at the hospital when she came to visit a few hrs after I gave birth to my youngest baby. She had the nerve to ask me if I was going to breastfeed or formula feed my son! DUHHHH!!! What would possess her to think I'd decide to FF, after I had successfully BF'd my other baby already? I mean, geez, I have a bumper sticker on my car that says, "affordable healthcare begins with breastfeeding."
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