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Registered: 08-20-2011
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Sun, 09-25-2011 - 3:34am

So I was an exclusive pumper for the first four months of my daughters life because of issues including a feeding tube, a 2 week NICU stay, and breastfeeding just seemed too imtimidating in the NICU (I know it sounds crazy but my baby would scream and 3 nurses would run over and just start grabbing my breasts and shoving them in her mouth only to avail to more screaming and the end result, a bottle of exprssed breast milk. And sometimes they would put formula in her feeding tube when I wasnt around even though there was expressed collostrum available. Wth? I always said if only I knew what I know now... even though I felt I had done the research to support my decision to breastfeed... in reality I really went into the situation thinking it would just come so naturally. But the point is my daughter has had formula here and there because at first I was a high volume pumper but being undereducated on the subject I dropped pumps and became an average volume pumper real quick. Anyway I was having a rough few days pumping due to just a hectic week so the little one was getting way more formula than either of us were used to and what do you know she begins refusing her bottles and starts showing signs of wanting to breastfeed, which she hasnt done in over a month. Now I have a 4 and a half month old who wants to exclusively breastfeed and I've never even nursed in public. I think the most feeds she did on the breast in one day before was 3 and for the past 4 days she has been exclsively breast, which is an exclsive pumpers dream I just feel overwhelmed because I think I was already content on bottle feeding expressed breast milk that going back to breastfeeding was always a dream not a reality in my mind. So the reason I posted this rant here it just goes to show that even a 4 1/2 month old baby can make a decision on what she wants to drink! And I am a big believer in it is wrong to take that choice away from them, I have a friend who talked about breastfeeding her whole pregnancy but after she gave birth she didnt even try she just said I'm tired you can give her a bottle of forumla, and to me that never even felt like an option. Before she was admitted to the NICU I was in bed trying to breastfeed and I still couldnt really sit up because of the c-section and my daughter was screaming and the nurses kept coming in

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Registered: 07-11-2006
In reply to: steffydee
Sun, 09-25-2011 - 9:12am

Now I have a 4 and a half month old who wants to exclusively breastfeed....So the reason I posted this rant here it just goes to show that even a 4 1/2 month old baby can make a decision on what she wants to drink!

Thanks for posting! Thumbs up for hanging in there and doing what you wanted to!

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Registered: 10-01-2010
In reply to: steffydee
Sun, 09-25-2011 - 12:51pm

welcome

Welcome to the debate board. It's wonderful to see you posting here and I hope that you will stick around and post more often.

Thanks so much for sharing your story - it is incredible! People have asked, what would your baby chose - and your baby did make her choice! Smart kid! :D

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Registered: 06-04-2004
In reply to: steffydee
Sun, 09-25-2011 - 2:42pm
What an amazing story! I'm so happy to hear that you chose to listen to your baby and that everything is going so well for you both. Welcome to the board!
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