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My first two children were formula fed. My third was partially forumla fed and paritally breastfed. I really enjoyed the breasefeeding with my third but because I wIs giving bottle within about 8 weeks I was getting very little milk and my daughter only really wanted bottles so we just switched to full time formula.<br><br>
I am now (just!) pregnant with my 4th and would like to try exclusive breastfeeding. I didnt have any pain at all or problems with my daughter but obviously was only doing it about 4 or 5 times a day. How much different will it be to breastfeed totally? I have 3 children under 6 so have to consider that as well!. I know of a couple of people who have started off breastfeeding but gave up because of being awake constantly at night. My children have all woken up every 2 hours on bottle is that hugely different for breastfeeding babies?<br><br>
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Well I think you would be surprised to find how much easier breastfeeding is.<br>
If your kids wake up every 2 hours to eat which is easier? Pulling out your boob or waking to mixing a bottle and waiting for that to be ready?<br><br>
I imagine one of the huge reasons you were getting very little milk is because you were using formula. Your supply generally entirely depends on how much you use your breasts. The less you use them the less milk you will have. If you had exclusively breastfed I think you'd be surprised how much more milk you would have had.<br><br>
Breastfeeding is the very very best thing you can do for your baby and if you had no problems doing it before other than convenience then I would say why not try it?! If your kids woke up every 2 hours on the bottle you won't be too surprised what BFing a baby is like. They tend to eat more often but every 2 hours is a reasonable expectation in the beginning although there will be days where you feel like that is all you are doing. Also financially it is much cheaper although that depends on where you are financially. I guess the bottom line is that I don't see any reason why you should be using formula. So many women struggle with BFing and fight for it every day with their babies because they know it is so important to their future well-being, you are lucky to be able to do it without issue and I would take full advantage of it!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
Good luck, there are so many resources on here for BFing mamas that you will be flooded with great information!
 

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It will be easier! My DD was formula fed for the first three weeks because she was in the NICU (even though i was pumping). *insert smiley smacking herself in the head* When she switched to the breast at 3-4 weeks it was a major relief--no bottles to wash, formula to mix, nada. At almost ten months, DD doesn't wake me to nurse at night--she just rolls over, eats, and goes back to sleep. Viola!<br><br>
She does go to daycare now, so I have 3 bottles to wash each day instead of MANY. Easier on the environment, easier on the wallet, easier on baby's stomach, easier on the mama!
 
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