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Why Breast is Best - Deciding to Breastfeed Baby

Updated on November 17, 2013

Breastfeeding versus Bottle-Feeding

Breast is best. Or is it? Deciding to breastfeed baby is something every new mum is faced with. Making the decision on whether or not to breastfeed baby is sometimes easy and sometimes difficult.

I am going to look today at the two methods to help you make your mind up. You really need to decide which you are going to at least start with. If you choose to bottle feed, your milk will dry up in a few days and that is that.

However, if you choose to breast feed, you can later switch to bottle-feeding.


At birth, and indeed for a few weeks beforehand, a woman’s breasts secrete a yellowing thick substance called colostrum.

Colostrum is a thick vitamin-enriched form of milk that is full of antibodies. Perfect for your new baby to get some of that vital infection protection, and also nutritious enough to fill your baby’s tiny tummy up and keep him satisfied. It fulfils all his dietary needs in the first few days of life, and was in fact especially designed by Mother Nature just for him.

Bottle Feeding

Formula Milk

Bottled milk, on the other hand, is the scientists’ poor imitation of breast milk. While it contains all your baby’s dietary needs, it does not contain any antibodies to help protect his tiny body against infection in those vital first few days of life.

Arrival of the Breast Milk

When baby is about 2 -3 days old, your real milk comes in, this is much more watery and whitish in colour, not unlike the cow’s milk you buy in the shops.

Your already engorged breasts get even bigger. This will happen whether you choose to breastfeed or not. They get painful too. You wouldn’t want anyone to touch them.

If you are breastfeeding, you get instant relief from this pain simply by feeding the baby. If you are not breastfeeding, you simply have to bear it and within a few days it should go away as the milk disperses back into your body. Your doctor can prescribe medication to help your milk dry up quicker, and so bring you relief.

Have I enough milk to breastfeed my baby?

This is a question that plagues every new breastfeeding mum, simply because unlike when bottle feeding, she can’t see how much milk baby is taking at each feed.

If you’ve ever tried expressing milk using a breast pump, especially in the early days of breastfeeding, you will not find that much milk there. Then again, the suction on a breast pump does not even begin to compete with the suction provided by a baby. It’s one of the few abilities they have at birth, and their sucking instinct is powerful!

If you are planning to breastfeed, its a good idea to invest in a breast pump so that you can express some milk for someone else to give baby, if you plan a night out or something.

Quantity of Breast Milk

You must remember that even though you don’t know the quantity of milk your baby gets, you must know that the quality is far superior to anything that ever came out of a laboratory. This is your baby’s natural food.

Obviously as baby grows, and they grow at an enormous rate in those first few weeks, their dietary requirements climb too – they need more milk than you are providing.

Frequent Breastfeeding

This is another time when mums think they are not providing enough milk, because their baby wants to be fed again only an hour or two after his last feed. But it is through the frequency of feeding that baby increases the milk supply to suit his needs.

Unfortunately this extra feeding frenzy may happen in the middle of the night, so mum gets very little sleep that night, and of course, because only she can breastfeed him, she has to feed him next day too, so sleeping in to catch up on lost sleep is impossible.

Occasional Bottle-Feed

My advice is if you get really really tired, is to prepare a bottle of formula milk for your child and get some sleep while your partner feeds baby. Only do this if you are over-tired to the point where you cannot function. As an occasional one off, it won’t harm you and it won’t harm baby.

Weight Loss

Another huge advantage of breastfeeding is weight loss. All the extra weight you gained through pregnancy comes off really quickly when you breastfeed. Mother Nature laid down extra fat so the baby would not suffer if there was a food shortage. Also, when you go for your six week postnatal check-up, you will be pleasantly surprised to find your womb has returned to its pre-pregnancy normal size, unlike bottle-feeding mothers who will be a few weeks behind you.

Can You Become Pregnant While Breastfeeding?

This rapid contraction comes at a price, however. You will actually feel your womb contracting as you feed baby and it is uncomfortable just like period pains. On the plus side, you are unlikely to become pregnant again while breastfeeding as breastfeeding acts as a natural contraceptive and prevents the release of eggs. Have to point out here that giving the occasional bottle is a bit like forgetting to take your contraceptive pill. You may become pregnant if you have unprotected sex when not feeding baby yourself fulltime.

Length of Time you Breastfeed For

You can breastfeed your baby for as long as you want. Some children are still breastfed up to the ages of 3 or so, but it’s not something I ever fancied doing – they is something a bit off-putting about a child that age asking to be breastfed – though I do believe it gives mother and child a special bond.

I chose six months or so as a maximum cut-off point for breastfeeding all six of my babies. By that time, they were eating solid foods and well on their way to learning to drink out of a plastic beaker, but even if you can only offer your baby six weeks of breast milk, you will be getting them off to a great start in life.

Perhaps you have to return to work and cannot continue. Don’t worry about it. You have done a great job already. At this point I may have to caution – after having my second child I was due to return to work at six weeks, but couldn’t because she would not take from the bottle! I was put on extended unpaid leave which was difficult for the family’s finances at the time.

I’d tried to do everything by the book and not offered her bottles at all before this, like they advise you, and the result was that the bottle teat was alien to her and she just clamped her mouth shut and refused to let it in. I was off work until she learned to drink from a cup!

Give your baby the very occasional bottle-feed right from birth if you are going to have to return to work while baby is still very young.

Sore Nipples through Breastfeeding

Sore nipples occur if baby is incorrectly placed on your nipple. Unfortunately it is not only extremely painful if baby is not ‘latched on’ properly, but even if you immediately ease a finger into his mouth to release the suction and detach baby, the damage is done. Your nipple will be sore and red for days. It may even bleed.

This quite often happens when new mums breastfeed for the first time, although it can occasionally happen with a later child too. You have to continue feeding out of that breast – even though it is painful – though you can make a point of favouring the other breast for a time. Babies normally feed a little out of both breasts until feeding is established. Then they can take a whole feed from one breast, and the next time, take from the other.

Exposing your painful nipple to a sunlamp can help in the healing process. Creams are inadvisable because baby needs to suck off that nipple too, and it would get in his mouth.

However, if baby is always correctly ‘latched on’ when breastfeeding, there is no pain and all is well.

Advantages of Breastfeeding

  • You can feed anytime and almost anywhere
  • You don’t have to sterilise equipment and prepare formula feeds
  • · At night time, you can sit up in bed with baby contentedly suckling away, while you doze
  • · Rapid weight loss
  • · Better for baby
  • · You don’t need to worry about contraception (if you are breastfeeding ALL the time)
  • · They don’t produce smelly stools while being breastfed

Actually I forgot to mention that above. Their nappies are OK to change – their stools might be a bit yellowy and loose, but they don’t smell! That only happens when you change to formula feed or when they start on solids.

Advantages of Bottle-feeding

  • · Mum can get a rest while someone else takes over and feeds baby
  • · You get to play at being a real mum with a kitchen full of sterilising equipment and bottles
  • · You have the added expense of buying tins of formula feed
  • · You get dirtier nappies
  • · You never have problems with sore nipples
  • · You get to go back on the Pill earlier

It’s your choice. I breastfed all six of mine, including the twins, but that’s another story!

Read: How to Breastfeed Twins

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      IzzyM 7 years ago from UK

      Absolutely and am so glad we agree :)

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      Sun-Girl 7 years ago from Nigeria

      A very good and informative hub which i never expect anybody to compare breast milk and bottle feeding.Honestly, breast milk is the best formula for all babies.

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      mrkterhune 7 years ago

      This is very informative hub, good job.

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      IzzyM 7 years ago from UK

      You are welcome :)

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      Breast Reduction Sydney 7 years ago

      Breast is definitely best. Thanks so much for this information. I'm going to share this with my friend who is soon to be a new mom.

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      private 7 years ago

      I think this is totally wrong to say 'breast is best' that is such an ignorant thing to say not all mothers can breast feed they already feel guilty enough about that they don't need people saying rubbish like that and making them feel even worse.What about those mothers out there that have an illness which could be passed on to their baby and either make them very ill or even worse kill them if they breast fed them then does that still make 'breast best' NO. What about the mothers who simply don't produce enough milk or just don't produce any at all to feed their baby so their baby will starve if they continue to try beast feeding then is 'breast best' NO.what about the mothers who have had an opperation and cant breast feed then is 'breast still best ' NO what about premie babies who are to sall or i'll to suckle does that still mean 'breast is best' NO.So please people think before you go around saying rubbish like that it depends on the mother and the baby as to what is best for the both of them not what society wants to believe is best for every one because every mother and child is different.By the way formula fed babies are just as happy and healthy as breast fed babies so some people need to think about all those mothers out there that for one reason or another cant breast feed before they go around saying 'breast is best'

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      IzzyM 7 years ago from UK

      Thanks for telling it like it is :)

      Yes the contraceptive part of breastfeeding does fail when baby requires less breast milk. Also around that time you may feel more active, and more inclined to participate in marital activities, but that is your body telling you to have another baby! If you are not ready, take precautions.

      Sorry to hear about the morning sickness. I've experienced that, but not with every pregnancy fortunately. No scrub that comment. It was with every pregnancy, but some were worse than others! On my first pregnancy the morning sickness not only lasted all day, it lasted for nine months!

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      ggenda 7 years ago from USA

      Wow, good hub - and very insightful comments! I think that breastfeeding can be an awesome experience - but some of you make an excellent point that the challenges with breastfeeding are often not addressed, while everyone simply cries "breast is best!" I can absolutely see how that could make a very good mother feel needless guilt.

      I have been blessed with an easy breastfeeding experience (I joke around that while I may get horrendous morning sickness during my pregnancies, at least something works out well for me physically!), and am currently breastfeeding my 7 month old baby. I was fortunate to nurse her older sisters intil 13 and 17 months of age. And also - you CAN get pregnant while nursing! I have a very active three year old who is proof ofnthis. :) However, if you are breastfeeding exclusively (no bottles or solids), do not go beyond 5 hours in between feedings (this means your baby doesn't sleep through the night) and if your baby is less than 6 months old, then your chances of getting pregnant are almost zero. Once you introduce solids and begin to stretch out those feedings, your fertility may return shortly.

      Great hub, great topic. For those who choose to (and succeed with) breastfeeding - that's great! And for those who don't, that's absolutely fine - and we ALL do what is best for our baby, breast or no breast. :)

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      IzzyM 7 years ago from UK

      Absolutely, Lwoo. Thanks for commenting :)

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      lwoo1977 7 years ago from Florida

      This was very informative to Mother's in the world trying to decide whether to Breastfeed or Formula Feed. I have 2 kids and both were breastfeed. My son, was not as cooperative as my daughter, but with him, he got more sicker and had some issues with the formulas until I switched him to Soy Based. He breastfeed for 5 1/2 weeks. My daughter on the other hand was breastfeed for over a year. She hardly ever got sick, and now as a 5 year old her immune system is greater than ever. I think every child should be breastfeed for at least 6 months. Not only is it very healthy, but the bond between Mommy and Baby is PRICELESS!!!!!! :-)

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      Finance 7 years ago

      Hey Jackie thanks for sharing.. and this is very Good Article...

      shukar hey maghrib mein bhi aese log hein jo isko theik samajhtey hein :)

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      IzzyM 7 years ago from UK

      Jackie thanks for sharing your experience :) You made a heroic effort to feed your son, and I'm sure he would have derived all the benefits of breast milk from what you were able to give him. Yes the people in the medical field don't know everything although we'd like to think they do. Hopefully your comment will help another mum facing the same problems.

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      jackie.t 7 years ago

      I agree with a couple of other replies here, this is a great informative hub and yes breast is best but it isn't always possible! My son, who is now 12, was born with a craniofacial syndrome which affected the development of the right hand side of his face. Many hours were spent with the lactation consultant before we left the hospital with me in tears and unable to get him to latch on properly. We all decided that once home I would relax more and it would be easier. Not so! I struggled for five months, with a mixture of bottle and breast and using a breast pump. Finally I stopped the struggling and went for all formula. It wasn't until he was about a year old and I read a fantastic book about children with facial difference that I discovered that babies with his particular condition are almost always impossible to breast feed because they can't suck properly! If only someone had been able to tell me that way back then when he was born, it certainly would have saved a lot of heartache.

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      vzen 7 years ago

      This was a very well written and helpful blog! Breastfeeding takes work and it pays off for years to come!

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      IzzyM 7 years ago from UK

      I'm knackered just thinking about it now! The things we can do when we are young!

      Your son sounds perfectly normal to me LOL Don't all men (boys) get fixated on breasts?

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      lionswhelp 7 years ago

      You should be given the Medal of Honor. Six of them wow. We only had two but my wife breast fed both of them as long as they wanted too. Our daughter lasted 3 years until she said," I'm a big girl now I don't need it anymore". My son went for 10 years and finally decided he was big enough to stop. Well, I think he did? I notice when he was a teenager he hung around with females with good sized breast.

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      IzzyM 7 years ago from UK

      Oh definitely :)

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      DRobinson63 7 years ago

      did you find the experience easier the second time around with your second child ?

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      mina 7 years ago

      this is good

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      IzzyM 8 years ago from UK

      Thanks for your comment Shan which I have left intact, but I want to point out here that the phone number you left is unverified and so I cannot advise anyone to call it. It would have been better had you left a link.

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      shan 8 years ago

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      Lizzletwizzle 8 years ago from Western New York

      Beautiful Hub Izzy! I've always known that breast is best and I hate to see children not benefiting from their mother's breast. There's a great book out there (it's quite old) called Breast Feeding and Natural Child Spacing by Sheila Kippley. I definitely recommend reading it! Here is the link,

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      IzzyM 8 years ago from UK

      Thanks for commenting :)

      Yes I live near Alicante city but we are heading into summer now and I hate it because it gets too hot!

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      Free Baby Coupons 8 years ago

      Thanks for this great and very useful article. Every mum should read this because you pointed out the most important pros of breast feeding.

      So you live in Alicante, I was on holiday there, it's a beautiful and sunny place.

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      IzzyM 8 years ago from UK

      Thanks for commenting workoutdaily and Sally :)

      Yes absolutely sometimes there are times when breastfeeding isn't possible, same as there are times when it works out great for mum and baby, but I'll repeat again, its not the end of the world if it doesn't work out and its really important new mums don't get stressed about this issue.

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      Sherri 8 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      I agree that breast is best. However, there are babies who cannot breastfeed for several reasons, among them an inability to suck caused, for one, by a cleft of the palate.

      Although breastfeeding is ideal and a life-altering experience and bond between mother and child, not to mention the nutritional benefits, the fact is that sometimes it is not possible for a mother and a child, not because of the mother's inability in any way, but simply because the child does not have the physical structure to do it.

      Although I encourage and support breastfeeding, I also detest the aura of righteousness surrounding it. Sometimes, it is not a matter of choice whether to breastfeed or not. Sometimes it is a matter of reality, and the choice is made for you.

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      workoutdaily 8 years ago

      Great article! My little guy is 4 months old. I went into the hospital with the attitude that I wasn't going to stress about it. (all my girlfriends never produced enough to breast feed, but my aunts and mom where high pressure about making sure I breastfed for a year!) I got very fortunate, I produced a lot and he latched on the first time no problem. Because I also work he gets 1 bottle a day , sometimes it is formula and sometimes it is pumped breast milk. But again, he has had no problem going from breast, to bottle and back! I will keep at it as long as we can!

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      IzzyM 8 years ago from UK

      Congratulations! I think you've made a very good choice, but whatever you do the important thing is to be relaxed about it. The bottle is fine too if breastfeeding doesn't work out for you (thinking of the comments from izettl above). It's really important to not force yourself to keep going if the enjoyment isn't there, but you never know until you try and the vast majority of mums have no probs.

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      solar.power 8 years ago from Brisbane

      What a great hub. My wife and I are 3 months pregnant. A little while to go yet but we have allready had the breast feeding debate. I think we will try breast feeding first and then go to formula. Formula in Australia is just so expensive. Hub Voted UPPP!

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      braindrain123 8 years ago

      Nothing compares to breastfeeding.It gives your baby the essential nutrients needed and it strengthens the immune system; plus it promotes bonding between the mom and the baby. In whatever way you view it, advantages of doing breast feeding surely outweighs that of bottled feeding.

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      IzzyM 8 years ago from UK

      What a lovely comment, Green Tea! You have managed in just a few lines to give some great advice to mums with problems and at the same time reassure new mums that breastfedding isn't everything and it isn't the end of the world when it doesn't happen!

      On behalf of the mums who read here,thank you :)

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      green tea-cher 8 years ago

      Great information for a new mother to be Izzy. Just to let you know that my mother breast fed full time, no substitution with a bottle, and she had a baby 11 months after her first child. So the birth control is not full proof. She shocked her Dr. I had a lot of trouble with cracked and bleeding nipples and a nurse suggested I place a used tea bag inside my nursing pad. What a relief! My nipples healed very quickly. Just had to wash the breast before feeding because my son didn't like tea. I do feel bad for the new Moms who cannot breast feed successfully and are left feeling guilty about it. For those who can, it is great for the baby and a wonderful bonding experience for both.

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      JAYPEE 8 years ago

      I most honestly commend this writer. My wife breast our three kids and they are certainly the best of kids, and were heakthy all through their early years.

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      sokubag 8 years ago

      Oh, it's very funny. Breast is all to baby. So it's the best.

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      IzzyM 8 years ago from UK

      Come to think of it, yes it is weird how they ask and get all close and personal, yet the same fold would go mental if you dared to breastfeed in public!

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      Laura Izett 8 years ago from The Great Northwest

      Nobody ever talks about the negatives or realities of bf until you are in the most emotional and important time of your life- after your baby is born. I never heard anything negative about breastfeeding before or while I was pregnant, and so I think it hits mothers like a ton of bricks when they have problems they didn't expect.

      I respect the opinion you are representing here although it has always seemed odd to me that something so personal is talked about even on the local news and everyone wants to know if you're breastfeeding. It's the first question people ask after you have a baby- its just weird to me.

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      IzzyM 8 years ago from UK

      I'm sorry to hear you had such a bad experience - that can't have been easy.

      You said it all here "I was concentrating so much on breastfeeding when I first had my daughter that I didn't enjoy our relationship and being a new mom until I stopped."

      And that is so sad. Of course you shouldn't feel guilty and I'm glad you and your daughter found a way that helped both of you. What a shame you had to go through the misery of those first two months.

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      Laura Izett 8 years ago from The Great Northwest

      I don't agree. I breast fed my daughter for 2 months. It wasn't until I stopped that I lost weight and my belly shrunk. It doesn't help you loose weight, you can just eat more calories. I went to a lactation nurse and she said I was producing plenty of milk but I knew my daughter wasn't getting enough. They base the amount of milk needed on the baby's weightWhat they didn't consider was my baby was growing at a faster rate. My daughter, now 2, is a head taller than other kids her age- not surprising because I'm 6 feet tall so i was right when I knew she needed more than what I could give her. Also she had an extreme milk allergy and because breastfeeding is promoted so much, the doctor told me not to stop breastfeeding and it wasn't until I switched to hypoallergenic formula that everything got better.

      Breast fed kids get sick as much as others. I've had tons of health problems and ironically have an immune disorder (Rheumatoid Arthrtis) and I was breast fed for 2 years. My husband, bottle baby, healthy as a horse.

      I was concentrating so much on breastfeeding when I first had my daughter that I didn't enjoy our relationship and being a new mom until I stopped. Bottle is easier and no guilt here. The promotion of breast feeding leads to guilt in many mom and that's too bad, especially when we say things like "breast is best". A mother always wants to do whats best but if she doesnt breastfeed, you're basically saying she didn't do whats best.Those are negative words.

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      merry 8 years ago

      very good information...Thanks for sharing.

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      IzzyM 8 years ago from UK

      Rugs, thanks for stopping by and yes you are right - the young ones maybe don't know much about breastfeeding. I hope they read this while pregnant to help them make their minds up what to do :)

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      rugsdynamic 8 years ago

      Kudos for an excellent hub IzzyM! Although most of us are aware of this, it is still important to let young moms know. As we all know, more and more teenagers get pregnant at an early age and are not well guided.

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      IzzyM 8 years ago from UK

      Thanks Dorsi for dropping by and commenting :) Yes this is the frustrating things for mums and babies, that if brestfeeding doesn't start off well, both of them have only minutes to sort the problem out because a hungry baby screams the place down to get fed! The bottle is a perfectly acceptable alternative and I hope no-one reading here feels guilty for not breastfeeding.

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      Dorsi Diaz 8 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

      Very well written and informative hub. My daughter-in-law started breast feeding our now 6 week old grand daughter but had alot of problems. She is on a bottle now.

      Breast feeding is very very good for the baby though if possible.

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      IzzyM 8 years ago from UK

      Absolutely - good point:)

      I know many many mothers myself who wanted to breast feed, but for some reason never managed to master the technique and babies need to be fed so they got a bottle. I'm not trying to put bottle-feeding mothers down - I myself was bottle-fed although my mother did initially try feeding me herself, and she is the greatest mother ever!

      To any mothers out there whose child refused to co-operate or whatever, don't let anybody put you down because of it. You'll make a great mum no matter what!

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      Raven1001 8 years ago from Washington

      Ahh, nothing is life is ever easy.

      I agree with the fact breast feeding is best when possible. But as one of the comments above demonstrates, sometimes babies have their own ideas. I had a friend who's one mnth old baby suddenly decided he no longer wanted the breast and not the hospital, lactation conselors, or anyone else could convince him otherwise. Several women made... unkind.. comments when they found out she was bottle feeding her baby and insisted that the only reason breastfeeding wouldn't take was because she was lazy. It was so heart breaking to see this wonderful mother feel like a failure and endure the rude comments of these people.

      So while breast feeding should be promoted, please understand it is not always possible and be kind to those who are not able to offer this gift to their babies.

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      IzzyM 8 years ago from UK

      Thanks Habee and Jite :)

      Its great when you can write from experience - there is always something you will know that the books can't tell you - and breastfeeding for every mum is a slightly different experience. I've also breastfed twins which makes for interesting reading!

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      jite 8 years ago from delhi

      Wonderful informative hub,every new mom should read this hub.No other milk can match breast milk.Yes I agree breast is best.

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      Holle Abee 8 years ago from Georgia

      Great info! I'll share this with my daughter who's breastfeeding now!

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      IzzyM 8 years ago from UK

      typical male eh? lol

      Thanks for your input :)

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      cs 8 years ago

      great hub interesting thoughts and facts about breastfeeding altough i think that bottom line depends with the baby and of course the mum but see my oldest just didnt want my breasts after 4 months so i HAD to stop and my second didnt want to sto i had to force him after 1.5 years to eat other stuff...he was hungry all the time but stubborn enough not to touch anything other than my breats....

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      IzzyM 8 years ago from UK

      The idea just came to me just now - why don't the government offers incentives to low income mums? Give them a choice of either money or food tokens (because the milk comes in tokens), rather than just milk tokens alone. Then mums wanting to breastfeed have a financial incentive - without it costing the govt any more money! They have the token system in place that they used for asylum seekers before they were pressurised into giving them cash instead.

      At the same time, a new advertsing campaign could promote breastfeeding.

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      Moon Daisy 8 years ago from London

      Great hub IzzyM! I breastfed my daughter until she was 3, and I think it did great things for her immune system, her sense of well-being and for the bond between us.

      It isn't always easy, but I really think that if someone's determined enough to do it then in most cases it's possible. (Sweden's amazing breastfeeding rates in the late 1990's are a testament to this. Nearly 80% of babies were exclusively breastfed and nearly 90% partially breastfed for at least their first three months of life). We need a lot more b/f support, from maternity wards onwards.

      I agree that the infant milk vouchers here in the UK send out a very confusing message, (especially as it's part of a scheme called "Healthy Start"..)

      Yes, the NHS should be so much more consistent about breastfeeding. And although they shouldn't ram it down people's throats, it's not a healthy society that feels the default way to feed a baby is from a bottle.

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      IzzyM 8 years ago from UK

      At Kowality - trust me, I lost loads of calcium from my teeth while pregnant. Maybe I didn't eat enough of the correct foods, but baby takes what baby needs!

      At MOW, you're from the UK the same as me. I hate how the welfare state is set up to provide social security claimants with everything. There is absolutely no pressure on many women to breastfeed, when they know that the state is going to give them not only all the formula milk their baby requires but free cows milk up until their child's fifth birthday.

      And those very same women look down their noses at breastfeeding mums, making us feel as if we're the ones doing something odd, not them.

      I don't think mums should be pressurised either way, but the natural advantages like having free milk for your child literally 'on tap' are lost when the govt is prepared to step in and give your child everything they need anyway.

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      myownworld 8 years ago from uk

      I love how you've given both the advantages and limitations of breast feeding. I struggled for a long time with guilt and yet the 'pressure' to breast feed my daughter...and I have to admit, it was a long 9 month struggle. The worst was, as you've mentioned, getting her to take the bottle...she just so hated it! But in the end, I'm so glad I persevered, for I bonded with her in ways I cannot explain!

      Great hub....and hope it helps lots of mothers to see both the pros and cons of breast feeding and to feel free to make that choice... :)

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      kowality 8 years ago from Everywhere

      It Seemed to make me a big strong healthy kid with good teeth.

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      IzzyM 8 years ago from UK

      Thank you Princessa, and thanks for posting such a positive comment about breastfeeding!

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 8 years ago from France

      I agree too breast is best! I breastfed my first baby for 12 months until she wean herself. With my second baby was more complicated because I was travelling a lot and had to leave him behind but even then, we manage to breastfeed for about 9 months.

      After the first few frustrating days I enjoyed it so much that I didn't want to stop. Not only I looked beautiful and glowing but my babies were so healthy that they never had any health problem during all their breastfeeding time and they slept perfectly, we never suffered from lack of sleep.

      Rated up!

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      IzzyM 8 years ago from UK

      Thank you for taking the time to comment :)

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      Karen Metz 8 years ago from Michigan

      I agree! Breast is best! I have nursed all of my children and let them wean themselves. This went from 8 months to 2 years. Thanks for a great informative hub!


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