Helping parents nurture healthy babies

Story of the Week

Do you have a story to tell about how you made your choice to feed your baby? Another mom who supported you? A sister who filled you in on the age-old remedy of ace bandages to ease aching breasts? Maybe you remember how you handled the disapproving look or comment from someone who didn't like your choice. Or you found a particular article or Website helpful. Who or what encouraged you? How about when you went back to work? How was your decision impacted then? Did your baby have an allergy or some other special nutritional need?

We can all learn from and support each other. The following stories have been shared by moms who have generously agreed to tell us about their experiences. If you'd like to share your story, simply click on the "Tell Us Your Story" button below.

In addition to the stories you find on this blog, click the publications (pdf) to the right to read more stories about moms relaying the real life twists and turns -- those most often beyond their control --  that impact their everyday efforts to give their children the very best that they can. Doing the best for their children is the ultimate goal of all parents, and all mothers deserve to be supported and encouraged, regardless of the manner in which they strive to achieve it.

So,submit your own story! All stories will be reviewed prior to posting.

This Week's Question

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Real Feeding Stories from Real Moms

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Chantal
Canada
1 children
My name is Chantal Saville and I am a formula feeder – by choice. I can imagine the audible gasps. Yes, I am coming out of the closet, throwing down the bottle and burning my breast pump. My daughter was born 20 months ago after four years of hope, anticipation and two miscarriages. I would say she was one of the most wanted children on Earth, but I’m sure many parents would claim this title for their own, so I will only say that she was the most wanted child in our household. My husband and I run a small monthly community newspaper from home, and while it’s gratifying, interesting work, it’s not spectacularly well paying. We’re the whole company plus or minus a freelance writer and photographer. So there was no way I could be replaced for any extended period. No maternity leave. No time to adjust to mommyhood. I’m talking about paying the mortgage here, not professional vanity. When our dearest wee one was finally born, two weeks early and before the completion of our January,...
Cenelle C.
Ohio
2 children
3 and 5 years old

It was a struggle deciding whether to bottle-feed or breast-feed because, although I had heard of all the benefits of breastfeeding, I was fearful of the results. Some of my girlfriends had told me they tried to breastfeed and due to swelling, pain or clogged ducts that they "just could not do it." On the other hand I had one family member who believed it was the absolutely best way to feed the baby for proper development. Then I had a friend who spoke to me about what she did. She breast feed for the first 6-8 weeks (before returning to work) and then weaned the baby into bottle feeding. She felt as though this method helped build the babies immune system right at the beginning of infancy. After hearing various testimonials and doing my own research on breast-feeding and bottle-feeding I decided to breast-feed as long as I could prior to returning to work. Breast-feeding involves more than just a feeding. It is an emotional and physical bond that a mother experiences...

Sally Bee
Georgia
2 children
1, 2 years old

Firstly as women and as new mothers, we naturally guilt ourselves into feeling like we just don't live up to being as good moms, wives, friends, sisters, employees....life simply changes. And with that guilt and juggle, the last thing new moms needs is the guilt over their baby feeding choices. I was fortunate enough to have a supportive group around me and part of the founding testers of the LaMa Bra....a bra really for moms that don't breastfeed, but how dare they ever market it that way! For anyone that doesn't breastfeedm know you can turn to the LaMa Bra team at http://www.lamabra.com and as an aside the engorgement relieve is from heaven! I commend this site on taking the no guilt support stance and I only wish more would. Give up all the pressuring and just be supportive!

C. F.
California
1 children
2 years old

I've been nursing my son for 2 years and 10 months now. This has been such a rewarding blessing in the relationship between the two of us.

While pregnant, I read about the benefits of nursing and it sounded like such a wonderful thing for both mom and baby that I was determined to try it. I'd never known, seen, or heard of anybody I knew who had breastfed, but the literature was very compelling. Some of the appeal to me:
- nutrition for the baby
- boosting baby's immunity
- mother/baby bonding
- how natural it is

Learning to breastfeed was difficult and painful, particularly the first few weeks. My son and I were both frustrated. I'm sure he was hungry and ooooooh was I sore (and cracked and bleeding). But I'm so glad we didn't give up, because over time, I healed and *both* my son and I dramatically improved our techniques. A fantastic resource for us was the lactation support services at our hospital. I took a breastfeeding class...

Dorothy
Virginia
9 children
17,15,13,11,9,7,4,2,9 mo years old

With my older 5 kids I had no problems nursing them. Each re-gained their birth weight by 2 weeks old. Then came #6. He took 3 weeks to get back to his birth weight. If I wasn't an experienced mom, I would have believed the pediatrician who thought I should supplement with formula.

# 7 and 8 were also easy babies. I went back to work after being a stay at home mom for 16 years, when #8 was 11 months old. At that point, she was only nursing 2 or 3 times during the day, and a few times at night. No biggie, we co-sleep, so I could feed her easily.

# 9, I had 8 weeks off after my c-section and bought a good quality double electric pump before I went back to work. He has only had a few ounces of formula in the last 7 months. I found out he (like his mother) didn't tolerate cows milk. He threw it all back up and broke out in a rash. It's hard and time consuming to pump at work. Who said being a parent was easy?

Debbie
Virginia
2 children
3 and 2 years old

My mother breastfed all of her children over 30 years ago when the rates of breastfeeding were low. She still has the La Leche League book - first edition.

My sister breastfed her daughter. I watched her struggle the first few days and then watched her as it became the easiest thing in the world for her. She was my inspiration to commit to breastfeed my own children.

My son and I also struggled at first. I didn't know that I should wake him to eat. My mother told me that I should let him sleep as long as possible. Then, he would wake up so hungry that he was unable to latch. My husband and I worked hard those first few sleepless nights. And we bought some formula, fed it to him through a syringe while he kept trying to latch. After about three days, he got the hang of it and we happily nursed for the next 12 months.

My daughter - with an experienced breastfeeding mom - started nursing within minutes after being born. The nurse commented that she seemed to know...

carrie perry
Pennsylvania
3 children
8,6,6months years old

I am a mother of three who has breastfed and bottlefed. My older two children were breastfed exclusively for 6 months and then I introduced the bottle with breastmilk, later adding some supplimental formula. Currently my now 6 month old will begin to experience the same. I truly believe that we as mom's need to have a choice. We need to first do what we are most comfortable with and what is best for our children. I would have gladly fed my older children breastmilk, but I don't respond well to continuous pumping. I need to suppliment my milk. While I am home more often, I am simply introducing breastmilk through a bottle as a means of "just in case" precaution. I would love to be able to give her breastmilk exclusively until she is 1 year, but my track record is pretty bleak. I have never been made to feel as though my decisions have been wrong. I've been questioned as to "how will I handle" breast feeding for so long, which I find rather comical, but never been chastized...

Liz
Pennsylvania
2 children
6 & 4 years old

Prior to becoming pregnant, I had always assumed that I would formula feed my children. Of course, while pregnant with my oldest, I became more educated about the benefits of breastfeeding and decided to give it a try. With my oldest, it was a very rough start breastfeeding - my milk came in very slowly and my daughter had difficulties latching on. After several days of effort, help from the visiting nurse and a super-duper industrial pump it clicked. I must say though, it was very comforting to me during this stressful time to have the information in the package I received in the hospital from a formula manufacturer.

After about 7 months of breastfeeding, I felt as though my daughter was weaning herself and was not getting all she needed from breastfeeding - it was certainly a gut-feeling and personal choice that was not made lightly.

With my second daughter, there were really no issues with breastfeeding and we switched to formula around 8 months.

I feel...

Meaghan Hoffman
Pennsylvania
1 children
1 year old years old

Before my son was born I was unsure of how I was going to feed him. We attempted breast feeding early on, but found many difficulties along the way. I knew I would be going back to college in a few weeks after his birth and decided to bottle feed him all of the time instead of inbetween breast feedings. This was the best choice for both of us. I was able to leave him at family members' houses while I went to class and not have to worry about his nutritional needs. He has grown well and is truly the poster child for a healthy, bottle-fed baby.

W.H. (Bill) Coleman
North Carolina
One children
45 years old

I am certain that the info. posted above is quite unusual. Obviously, as a male, I am NOT a mother. In fact I never knew a mother inasmuch as my birthmother died in childbirth when my twin sister and I were born prematureily. To further complcate the matter I was allergic to most available milks and as a result was raised on goat;s milk. Further I am convinced that while both parents should have opinions as to what their newborns should receive as nutrition I am also convinced that the "bottom line" answer should come from a physician in order to avoid complications that the parents might be unaware of.

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