At age 18, what the the normal way to feed an newborn infant to you?

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At age 18, what the the normal way to feed an newborn infant to you?
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Thu, 06-09-2011 - 3:33pm

Think back to when you where 18 (or 16 if your are currently 18) and how you would have answered the following qeustion:

1. What is the normal way to feed an newborn infant?

A. Breastfeeding

B. A Bootle of infant formula.

C. Either breastfeeding or a bottle of infnat formula, as both where normal.

2. Would your answer have been any different If you where ask at the age of 9 or 10?

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Registered: 06-16-2010

At the age of 18, a lot of my peers already had kids. :-/

Kevali


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Registered: 10-01-2010

SInce I was pregnant for the first time at 18 (though I lost the baby) I would have said I planned to try to BF. However, I knew that I could only do it for a short time and then I would have to give the baby formula. ;)

At 9 or 10, I would have said formula - my mother had just had twins and was bottlefeeding cow's milk and Karo syrup, and I didn't even know that it was possible for a human to BF. I thought only animals did that. LOL

I really never gave it much thought until I walked in on my aunt BFing my cousin when I was 15. Once I thought about it though, it made so much sense and I decided I would do that when I had a baby.

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Registered: 04-13-2008

I would have said breastfeeding, because it is what I grew up seeing my mother do.

Of course, being on a farm, I also grew up seeing the cows, the pigs and the cats as well. Buckets were for calves once you took them off the mother. Bottles were for piglets - the runt of a litter maybe, if there were too many for the sow to care for and one or two runts were missing out. We would mix a homemade formula of cows milk and raise them that way.

Teresa

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Registered: 11-29-2005
I honestly don't recall. It wouldn't have occurred to me to have a child at that point in my life so I don't know what I would have thought. By the time I thought at all about having kids, I knew I would bf, but I'm not sure how old I was when I made that determination. I don't recall seeing many (any?) babies being bf, so I'm not sure where that decision came from.

 


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Registered: 04-22-2005

At 18, I'm not sure that I had ever seen someone breastfeed, at least not that I was aware of.





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Registered: 06-04-2004

At 18? A bottle of formula. I even had some experience with this because I had a work experience that involved being a childcare provider over a long weekend at a religious conference. It was a great job; $100 a day for a full day of work, three days in a row. Anyway, I was assigned to a group of babies and toddlers, and the youngest baby was 5 months old, and she became "my" baby for the weekend. It was my first experience with a small baby, other than my own siblings. She was formula-fed, and I was responsible for making her bottles of powdered formula; Mom never came to see the baby at all during the day, she just dropped her off at 8 AM and came back for her at 6 PM (children spent the night with their parents at this conference). She would leave a bag containing diapers, wipes, powdered formula and a few bottles. One of the older women there taught me how to mix the formula, and to feed her the bottle, which was something I didn't have much practice with at that point, even though I'd also helped bottle-feed my siblings years before.

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Registered: 05-20-2008
For me it would have been BF'ing. Even at 9 or 10 I would have think I would have likely said BF'ing, even way back then given that was how my siblings had been fed.

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Registered: 06-24-2008
At age 18 I believe I would have said breastfeeding. By then I'd heard my mom talk about it enough and she'd had enough medical problems that my skepticism about doctors and preference for all things natural was set.

At age 10 I probably would have said bottlefeeding with formula. All my cousins were bottlefed, it's all I saw growing up.
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Registered: 03-28-2003

At 18, breastfeeding was normal, mostly thanks to my older sister's educating me.

At 9-10, probably bottles/formula. 'cause that's how we were raised and we were just fine!

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Registered: 10-27-2006
I was the younger of two and I only found out recently that my aunt nursed my cousin (12 years younger than I am) until 19 months. But I still think I would have said bf. My mother talked about it sometimes and said it was the only part of raising babies she would do over again. : ) But I don't think I saw ff as abnormally as I do now. Just not quite as good.

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