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Most people don't breast feed do they?

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ElBombero Wed 09-Oct-13 23:26:12

Or do they?

As a mum do a DS who is EBF I am just utterly amazed at the reaction to me feeding him. It's like I'm mental.

Lost count of the times I've been told / asked
Is he getting enough? He's using you for comfort? Maybe a bottle of formula at night to help him settle, or and latest from MIL after DS put on 11oz in one week...

". Do you think BM is enough for him? He's growing so much..."
Errr yeah he's growing so well cos of the BZm

CrazySexyCool123 Sun 13-Oct-13 14:04:56

Thanks Tiktok
I often hear of a lack of support for breastfeeding but I can tell you from experience at nearly 8 months of EE that there is no support for EE.
"Get a pump, off you go." Great.

tiktok Sun 13-Oct-13 14:38:04

Crazy, sorry to hear that......mothers who express for a long time are deserving of large medals, in my opinion smile

What do people say or do that undermines or criticises you?

GirlWithTheDirtyShirt Sun 13-Oct-13 14:42:04

I expressed for 3 months, at which point I was no longer producing enough milk to make it worthwhile so I stopped.

Most people I know breastfed and I was automatically ready with my story as to why I wasn't. I felt I had to justify my decision with everyone I met.

So I'd go with at least 90% of people in my circle breastfed.

StarlightMcKenzie Sun 13-Oct-13 14:50:04

Wow crazy. EEers truly have the worst of all worlds in terms of demands on them. Their very lucky babies don't though.

CrazySexyCool123 Sun 13-Oct-13 14:59:07

Tiktok I knew before DS that I would have little chance of BF even though I really wanted to. (Inverted nipples) At my first appointment with MW I asked about it and she said "it's breastfeeding not nipple feeding so don't worry about it." On the day he was born a MW asked what I had done to prepare for it. sad

I tried a nipple shield but it didn't go very well so I began pumping....and haven't stopped! HCPs didn't give me any info on it (good pumps, how many, how often, how long, storage, heating, being out-and about, cleaning) so I had to use a little formula in the early days as it was very much trial and error.

I've found American sites the most useful for info on EE. I think that it's seen as just something that bfers do occasionally for a break and that maybe there are so few who do it that they don't bother to offer help. I can understand why people don't EE. I have come close many times to giving up,but looking back it would have been great to have more support/info at the beginning.

Non-HCPs have been brilliant! People often hold DS while I express and DP is supportive. I get lovely comments from people, like yours smile thanks

I will be more prepared for when we have a 2nd DC. I do hope to bf, but if not I will aim for a min 3m EE. (Pumping has almost pulled out one side)

CrazySexyCool123 Sun 13-Oct-13 15:00:08

Thanks Starlightsmile

JollyScaryGiant Sun 13-Oct-13 16:30:58

I have huge admiration for anyone who exclusively expresses. I did it for a wee while when DS was a newborn (like a fortnight) and it is so time consuming. Agree that EEers deserve medals.

working9while5 Sun 13-Oct-13 16:33:52

Most people I know do/have.

MirandaGoshawk Sun 13-Oct-13 17:32:40

Re the cultural side - article today (lighthearted) in the Torygraph about the 'Seven Stages of Marriage', illustrated with cartoon-style drawings. One 'stage' shows a young couple, the woman holding a baby and feeding it with a bottle. They are never going to show a boob being used for its intended purpose, are they? sad

ZippityDoodahday Sun 13-Oct-13 19:08:48

Most women ff IME. I bf. Human babies are meant to have human milk from their mother not in a plastic bottle from any Tom, Dick or Harry. For the life of me I can't understand why anyone would willinglp put their newborn on processed cow's milk. If done as a lifestyle choice then it's gross IMO. Socio-economics & all that jazz I guess.

mrscog Sun 13-Oct-13 19:27:22

Our of my friends (probably around 15 of us have at least 1 DC now) there is a 100% EBF rate until 6 months. I think social class and peer support (we've all helped each other in various ways) have a lot to do with it because it's in no way representative of the statistics.

ElBombero Sun 13-Oct-13 20:20:18

Just been to a local restaurant a saw a friend,
" aw wow, your BFing"
"Aw god is he up a lot in night then. I couldn't bear it, mine went on the bottle after a week"
"Feed him whenever he wants it, usually 2hrly at night"
"When you gonna do it to? Don't you give him any FF. You should try one at night... He'll sleep longer"

working9while5 Tue 15-Oct-13 08:20:44

Zippity what's your take on 'socioeconomics and all that jazz'?

Privileged women are now far more likely to ebf.

From my perspective having had disastrous experiences with bf but having doggedly stuck at it irregardless til ds1 was 2 and ds2 1 (in both cases supply drying up when pregnant again) I think people who don't get why people ff are unlikely to have struggled.

With ds1 I had the usual misinformation and lack of support from HCPs, tongue tie etc... he had various periods of supplementation because of severe failure tothrive.

With ds2 I 'wisely' decided HCPs were not helping after a fortnight of every single one giving me different information and decided I would go it alone, do biological nurturing and skin to skin and cosleep and let him feed, feed, feed.

I was 'reclaiming' the womanly art of bfing.

At 20 weeks he was on point of hospitalisation and I had significant PND and I began supplementing. I was literally lying in bed feeding with him three whole days a week listening to relaxation tapes and expressing to stimulate supply when he was sleeping and feeling increasingly desperate and confused as to why nothing was working to increase his weight.

Bfing may be natural but in much the same way that I am glad I have ventolin for my asthma and might havr died in another lifetime, it's good that there are other ways to feed babies.

I can't imagine having done it all with financial strain and maybe no partner and no community support. Though I am far from sure I should have kept at it in my own circumstances and I will not be continuing ebf withthis baby in the event of no weight gain.

StarlightMcKenzie Tue 15-Oct-13 09:50:03

Wow Working! Congratulations!!!

working9while5 Tue 15-Oct-13 09:51:50


Yup. MSc on hold. Tell me life with three is awesome?

SHarri13 Tue 15-Oct-13 09:58:08

I live in the SE, greater London/ Surrey borders and most people I know don't/ haven't BFed.

IsleOfIslay Tue 15-Oct-13 10:01:50

I have been the only person out of my group of friends who has BF. Some just didn't want to others started then gave up after a few days. We are still going strong at 7m. I love it tbh, the convenience the closeness. I am going to be sad when it becomes time to stop. I have to say I was surprised even amongst my friends and family of their attitudes towards me BF. I do it as subtly as possible but even still some get flustered and embarrassed!

BraveLilBear Tue 15-Oct-13 17:23:15

This is a really interesting thread. I live in a Yorkshire city where there have been massive drives to increase bf and as most babies are born in the teaching hospital there is quite a bit of support.

I have mainly ebf - have used formula a handful of times and DS is 12 weeks old today. Virtually all the mums I work with ebf for well over 6 months. One lost all supply after post birth complications and had to ff, another had had a breast reduction earlier in life so mixed fed her second (was told to not even bother with her first).

My DP though does not know anyone who has breastfed. He has a different social background to mine. All of his friends' wags gave up bf by 4 weeks. One lasted a total of two feeds before she was put off by the fact that her dad appeared one visiting time when her son waa hungry. My DP was bottlefed as were all his siblings. One of his work colleague's wife tried to bf but couldn't because one boob ' didn't work'.

My DP hates that I breastfeed because our DS 'only wants me' and hates that we don't get to spend evenings together as DS cluster feeds til 10.

I'm constantly being asked about feeding when we see his family - his gran keeps saying things like 'are you giving him a bottle at night yet?' This surprised me but then I read upthread about the formula fashion in the 50s and 60s - when she had her boys.

I have never seen anyone breastfees in this city apart from the one time I made it to a support group.

StarlightMcKenzie Tue 15-Oct-13 19:36:07

Life with 3 young-uns is the best. A bit chaotic and pretty noisy at times but visitors are in awe enough to ignore any lax housekeeping.

I had 21 months between my first 2 and thing that's the best ever age gap btw.

HorryIsUpduffed Tue 15-Oct-13 19:46:52

Starlight I'm 37+ with DC3 and your first paragraph there is just what I needed to read tonight.


BenNJerry Wed 16-Oct-13 07:02:49

I barely know anyone who breastfeeds. I am a young mum (23) and it seems that my generation are formula feeders. I know it's up to the individual mother, but it does make me a little sad that people my age don't even want to give it a go. A friend of mine wanted to breastfeed, but got mastitis after a couple of days and it put her off entirely.

I wanted to bf until 6 months. Unfortunately I had bad anaemia after a traumatic birth in which I lost a huge amount of blood. I was very very worn down and it affected my supply. I managed 12 weeks of ebf but DS just wasn't gaining enough weight. I then combine fed until my supply ran out a couple of days ago (DS now 4 months). I will definitely bf again if I have any other children.

(Oh and having done both I can say that DS certainly does not sleep longer on formula! He still wakes up twice a night and has done so ever since birth!)

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