My Decision

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-22-2008
My Decision
Sun, 01-02-2011 - 7:07pm

Hello again everyone.



iVillage Member
Registered: 04-13-2008
Sun, 01-02-2011 - 8:29pm

I hope all goes as well as possible when you have your baby.

Whatever amount of breastmilk you get to pump will be beneficial to your baby. The best way to establish as much supply as you can get would be to hire a hospital grade pump initially, and pump as frequently as possible in the early days, which helps set your level of supply.

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-16-2010
Sun, 01-02-2011 - 9:36pm

Sounds like a very sensible and well-thought out decision.

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-13-2005
Sun, 01-02-2011 - 10:53pm

First let me say that every drop of breastmilk that you can give your baby counts! So even partial BFing is better than no breastfeeding.

I also would like to let you know that there are women that have successfully breastfed babies who had clefts like the one you are expecting. I am a LLL volunteer and IBCLC and a while back spoke in detail to a mom of a now 4 year old little girl who had cleft lip and palate. Her daughter has had many surgeries, but is now doing great. Breastfeeding was not easy and this mom had to fight just about everyone to do it, but she did it! She offered to speak to any moms I was in contact with who wanted to hear of her experience. So I would be happy to put you in contact with her if you would like.

And your post is quite timely for me as I begin my Advanced Practice course on breastfeeding with clefts!

Good luck to you and your baby!

you can email me privately if you want my friends info:

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-01-2005
Sun, 01-02-2011 - 11:08pm
Good for you! I think its a fabulous decision you`ve made for your baby and your family and I wish you the best!


iVillage Member
Registered: 03-28-2003
Mon, 01-03-2011 - 2:02pm

I wish you as calm and empowering a birth as possible and much happiness with your new baby.

I'll second the "any breastmilk is beneficial" statements. Good for you, looking into the topic to make the most informed decision possible.

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Mon, 01-03-2011 - 3:30pm

Congrats on making a decision that will work for you and keep your needs and your baby's need si nmind. I think you did wonderfully, and I am hoping that it all works out even better than you hoped!

Thansk so much for coming back and updating us - and I hope that you will stick around if you can.

iVillage Member
Registered: 06-16-2010
Mon, 01-03-2011 - 4:45pm

Thanks for updating us! I've been wondering about you. I hope you post again after your baby is born and let us know how your little "army brat" is doing.

I wouldn't dream of giving you a hard time for a decision that you came to after researching and debating it. Part of the reason I love it here is because there's always someone to act as "devil's advocate" or at least bring up opposite points that I may not have considered. It's a helpful tool in coming to the decision on whether or not to BF, and I wholeheartedly support your choice--agree or not, that's not the point now. (((HUGS))) Best wishes for a safe and healthy birth and baby!



iVillage Member
Registered: 05-16-2003
Mon, 01-03-2011 - 5:45pm

Your world is going to be so full of unknowns, much more than most first time moms, I'm sure you fell much better with a plan in place.


iVillage Member
Registered: 07-11-2006
Mon, 01-03-2011 - 6:06pm

Welcome to the debate, Jennifer!:smileyhappy:

iVillage Member
Registered: 07-11-2006
Mon, 01-03-2011 - 6:08pm

Thanks, Jess for the update! I'd love to hear how it goes.

Wishing you a beautiful birth!