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

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Registered: 05-20-2008
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: 06-16-2008

At 18, I would have said breastfeeding because that's how my mother fed me and my siblings. At 9-10, I would definitely have said breastfeeding, again because I had grown up seeing my mother feed my 3 younger brothers (and my youngest brother was BF until 2). At that age, I can't recall even being aware of formula as an option.

 


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Registered: 07-11-2006

At 18, I would have said breastfeeding because that's how my mother fed me and my siblings. At 9-10, I would definitely have said breastfeeding, again because I had grown up seeing my mother feed my 3 younger brothers (and my youngest brother was BF until 2). At that age, I can't recall even being aware of formula as an option.

What a wonderful thing! I hope years from now a whole lot of people share your experience.

I was more than 25 years old before I realized that Enfamil or Similac might not be the preferred whay to feed an infant.

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Registered: 06-17-2007
Nisu, "whay" or "whey"? Just a little pun joke.

For me, both would have been formula. My sister was the only one I'd been close to who bf for any amount of time, and she was done by six months. It took DH a few years to convince me to try.




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Registered: 10-27-2006
I will add that until I had a baby, I thought bf was normal for an infant. I did not think anyone nursed past a year and the first time I heard of it in my 20s, I thought the mom was nuts.
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I never really was even aware growing up that some mothers nursed their babies beyond the first year. I don't think I really learned about it until 20's when I heard about on a BF vs F debate board. I don't believe my reaction was "are they nuts?" but more of a "Oh, their are mothers nursing beyond a year. Why would they want to do that?", at which point I decided to research the issue and learn more about it. I've learned over the years that there are many parenting practices that have been traditional (at least in the 20th century) either frowned upon or mostly unknown, such co-sleeping, baby-wearing, and baby-led weaning (the method for introducing solids where you skip purees and go directly to bite-sized chunks of food the baby can self-feed) that are very common outside the Western world. In the U.S., for example, many people would have had a negative reaction to seeing the sorts of practices nit that long ago and some cases many still do despite having no real evidence the practice is harmful physically or psychologically. This has taught me to research non-mainstream parenting practices before jumping to any conclusion or allowing my initial emotional reaction to take over.

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Registered: 12-14-2000

By age 18, I was going through kind of a "hippy" stage, and would probably say that breastfeeding was normal...but it was, in my experience, very uncommon.

At age 9 or 10, I would've said that bottlefeeding was normal, as that's how nearly all babies in my experience were fed.

 

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Registered: 03-22-2011

I had my first baby at 17 and I did breastfeed him. My 9 yr old daughter thinks that is the only way to feed a baby. But that is how my kids were raised.

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mommyculprit wrote:

I had my first baby at 17 and I did breastfeed him. My 9 yr old daughter thinks that is the only way to feed a baby. But that is how my kids were raised.

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