Has your feeding method effected your parenting?

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Registered: 09-27-2010
Has your feeding method effected your parenting?
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Tue, 11-09-2010 - 7:20am

Do you think that BFing/FFing has effected other aspects of parenting?

Do you think it improved your parenting in any way?

Why or why not?

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Registered: 06-24-2008
Tue, 11-09-2010 - 12:11pm

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Registered: 10-22-2009
Tue, 11-09-2010 - 12:25pm
parking my ditto here...
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Tue, 11-09-2010 - 12:48pm

Kevali


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Tue, 11-09-2010 - 2:58pm

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Tue, 11-09-2010 - 3:21pm

I think you're talking about two different things. BFing, for sure, has given me a great tool in parenting. But I BF because of how I choose to parent, not the other way around. My routines are the way they are in large part because of breastfeeding. My mood is affected sometimes by how engorged I am, or how strong the letdown is, etc. but that's not (to me) an aspect of parenting. I can't think of the right word right now, but maybe "side effect" would be a better way for me to phrase it? I firmly believe I would be the same parent, but with different tools.

BFing reduces stress? Sure, but it would only have affected that stressful moment, not my whole parenting philosophy.

Bedsharing? Didn't do it. Back problems and the necessity for pillows/comforters precluded me from safely doing so.

Sticking up for myself? Yes, for sure I've had to do it, but there's always something that someone has their knickers in a twist over WRT the way I parent. It would be something else rather than extended nursing.

Cuddles? I think I'm a pretty cuddly person, always have been, so I think my cuddly-ness (?) actually affected my decision to breastfeed. It is part of the kind of parent I am; the whole is the sum of all the parts.\

Ah, heck, I don't think I'm expressing myself well today.

Kevali


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Tue, 11-09-2010 - 3:23pm

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Tue, 11-09-2010 - 3:37pm

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Tue, 11-09-2010 - 11:47pm

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Wed, 11-10-2010 - 12:19am

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Wed, 11-10-2010 - 12:37am

"The key to good decision making is not knowledge. It is understanding."
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