I have tried it both ways....long
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|Mon, 03-31-2003 - 12:58pm|
In my opinion:
1. Breast feeding is SO MUCH EASIER THAN BOTTLE FEEDING. I hate dealing with the bottles every time I have to go somewhere (packing them up, keeping them cold, heating them up, etc.). Nursing mothers always have milk ready to go out the door.
2. Formula fed infants really do have "stinky poops". It is not a myth.
3. It is easier to "read" your babies hunger cries when you are nursing. Your body tells you it is time to feed baby when you hear the baby cry.
4. It is easier and faster to sooth a breast fed baby than a bottle fed baby. No waiting for bottles to heat up.
I'm sure this information is nothing that you haven't read before...but I thought it might be interesting to hear an opinion from one who has tried it both ways.
I know nursing is not for everyone....but if you are pregnant and debating, my advice is to give it a try. If it works for you then keep doing it, if not then switch. You won't know until you try.
For all the nursing moms out there...keep up the good work and enjoy this special time in your life.
p.s. The Lactina Select pump from Medela is amazing. If you have trouble nursing, but still want your baby to get breast milk...this is the best pump out there. They can be rented monthly for less than the cost of formula per month. I tried several pumps, but this was the only one able to keep my milk supply in production. I did feel like a cow sometimes, but it was worth it. Moooo, Mooooo