Most babies not getting breast-fed by 6 months

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  • Virginia Mom
    Aug. 30, 2008 9:28 a.m.

    The decision of how to feed one's child is a VERY PERSONAL one. Isn't the goal to get nutrition into the baby so the baby will trive? In the long run, does it matter what the nutrition was? My sisters and I (all of us have master's degrees) chose, for various and individual reasons, to bottle feed all of our children. None of us regretted the decision. Our husbands enjoyed taking part in feeding the babies. All of our children are healthy and growing. Maybe it would be interesting to compare children to see if there really IS a difference in the long run. Does the method of feeding affect a child's earning potential or overall health? I'm not convinced it does.

  • Get Real
    Aug. 15, 2008 7:33 a.m.

    I think that Breast feeding is allright But their are times and places to do it, Just like last week I went to see Dark Night, and I thought it was good but theire was a mother their with her about 6-week old child, started to feed her right in front of the movie I disagree with that She could have stayed home or gotten a babysitter, also I disagree with Breast Feesing in the Malls, I was with a friend once, we went to get something to eat I just about lost my appitite al mother sitting across from me just pulled out everything and started to feed her child, I was really appaled A Mall of all places to to that? Their are times and places, That is why they make Lounges,But the Mall and Movie thearters are not one of them, Get Real

  • ready to BF number 2
    Aug. 2, 2008 11:18 p.m.

    I breastfed my now 19mo daughter for 17.5mo and I LOVED it. I am currently 5mo pregnant with my second and finally weaned because with my depleted milk supply due to pregnancy, it hurt to nurse when no milk was coming out.

    I think it's interesting that my daughter has never had an ear infection! Coincidence? Maybe, maybe not. I'll never know, but I'm really looking forward to providing all the benefits of BF to my second daughter in a few months.

    It does hurt in the beginning but if you have correct technique it will not hurt anymore after 2-4 weeks. Good luck to those of you contemplating it!

  • Betsy
    July 24, 2008 10:10 a.m.

    Be grateful we live in an era where if a woman cannot breastfeed her child can still live. Don't judge those who cannot. Likewise don't condemn those that feed in public either.

  • Toni
    July 23, 2008 4:01 p.m.

    Sometimes I feel like I am the only woman in this country breastfeeding. Where are all you other breastfeeding mothers? I never see you!

  • stay at home feminist
    July 22, 2008 11:28 p.m.

    I think we can all agree that breastfeeding, where possible is the best and that more needs to be done to help women sucessfully breastfeed for at least one year. We also need to have compassion for those women who are unable to do so for health or work related reasons. I have been fortunate enough to stay at home and nurse my 3 kids, but I can't imagine trying to do that while working full time. Women who make it work are awesome. What we really need are family leave policies that make it possible for women to stay home form work longer after having a baby. I used to teach school in Japan and my collegues got a whole year of leave after giving birth. There are only 4 countries in the world without some type of paid family leave policy and the United States is one of them.

  • Educated Mama
    July 22, 2008 7:21 p.m.

    Newborn nurse, I too was commenting towards the "No, they don't try" person. I suppose I validate the point of the article that women who are well educated relative to the benefits of breastfeeding are more likely to stick with it, despite the challenges. I certainly did give it the ol' college try. I loved the intimacy it gave me with my babies and mourned the loss of that opportunity each time I had to stop.

    But, as every birth and baby are individual, so is the decision to breastfeed.

    Wanna get people going on what is good and bad for babies? How 'bout the study that cites the short- and long-term effects of epidurals on babies? There's one for the trolls!

  • Every situation is different
    July 22, 2008 3:17 p.m.

    -Newborn nurse- Oops I was commenting on some of the comments made on this board, and comments I have seen elsewhere. Example- See "No they don't try"
    Of course nursing and breastmilk is the best option for babies, I only wanted to make the point that everyone is so different in their circumtances, and shouldn't be judged based on those choices. There are many breastfeeding gurus out there who like to demonize women for using formula. No this article doesn't mention it, but the vibes are out there.

  • Mom who nursed
    July 22, 2008 1:05 p.m.

    My sister and I had babies on the same day 1 1/2 hours apart. Mine was 2 weeks over due, hers was 6 weeks early. I nursed mine for 6 months with formula to supplement, she bottle fed her premie because both of them were in the hospital. Now both kids are 18 and just graduated, my son is 6'7", her daughter is 5'3" but you'd never know either of them had health problems at birth and you'd never know which was nursed or which was bottle fed. It's an option that I'm glad was available for us as our son thought he needed to eat every 2 hours, he still does for that matter. But for those mom's who just can't, don't be judgemental towards them, sometimes they just can't AND IT DOES HURT and it is time consuming.

    My other sister has 8 babies, nursed 7 and did great, and on the 8th one couldn't produce enough milk to keep her alive, baby was life flighted to Primary's at 10 days old for 2 weeks, she was starving to death, she's okay now, but sometimes it just doesn't work. Be glad there is formula available too.

  • out of state
    July 22, 2008 12:27 p.m.

    My story: Two miscarriages, three children, three c-sections, over eight years of breastfeeding.

    Three months after birth of third child, I was hospitalized with life-threatening illness. Heavily medicated. Requested a breast pump so my body would continue to produce milk, even though it couldn't be given to the baby because of medications. Hospitalized for two weeks, with only an IV (no food or liquids), surgery. Returned home and resumed breastfeeding (with some formula until my strength, and milk, returned completely). It was hard! And it was worth it!

    Breastfeeding develops happy, healthy, beautiful, bright children and loving family relationships. This GED/"some college" mom recommends it highly! Like anything worthwhile, it will require hard work and sacrifice, but the rewards are tremendous!!! Support is available: online, through La Leche League, from lactation specialists, and in numerous books. This is one of the most important subjects moms-to-be should study. Best wishes to all the nursing moms out there - keep up the good work!

  • LLLeague
    July 22, 2008 11:28 a.m.

    Breastfeeding should be the first option for all new mother and be encouraged for at least one year. There are La Leche League consultants everywhere who will help with any problems. In my many years of breast feeding and working with breast feeding mothers, I found most women have an unhealthy picture of their own bodies and don't enjoy holding another human being close for extended periods of time, hence the car seat juggling instead of carrying a baby in arms or in a woven wrap. The percentage of women who really can't breast feed is so minimal, almost non existent. Breast feeding is the most convenient way to bond with a baby, a bond that will last long beyond the nursing years. Go for the Gold!

  • I'm grateful...
    July 22, 2008 11:19 a.m.

    ...that I was able to breastfeed all 9 of my children. However, I only fed my 4th child for a month, then got mastitis. My Dr. recommended stopping nursing. It took me a month to "dry up", and I HATED bottle feeding. I later spoke with a friend in the La Leche League and found out that the best thing I could have done was to put warm packs on the affected breast and keep nursing. I did that with the rest of my children and nursed most of them 1 to 2 years. Some of my children have nursed their babies, some have not. I encourage it, but it is their choice. My oldest daughters had children while I was still nursing my youngest, and I actually got to nurse 2 of my grandchildren. One daughter asked me to teach her baby how to nurse, so I did, and she was able to successfully nurse her daughter. I loved nursing. It was a bonding experience with my babies, good for their health, and for me was a good birth control method (not fool-proof, however). I encourage women to at least try it, and seek help if needed.

  • Newborn nurse
    July 22, 2008 10:55 a.m.

    "Educated Mama" and "Each Situation is different" should read the article again. Nowhere in the article does it say women who do not breastfeed as "lazy" or "uneducated". What it does say is that if there is a desire to breastfeed, and problems arise, getting help will increase the chances of successful breastfeeding. Nor does it say non-breastfeeding mothers love their children less! Let's cut the defensiveness out of the equation, and get to the point--breastfeeding is best for our children, and breastfeeding support helps women to be better at successfully breastfeeding.

  • Each Situation is different
    July 22, 2008 9:12 a.m.

    Stating that women are lazy or uneducated about breastfeeding is purely judgemental! I have six children four were breastfed until they were one. My oldest son I could never produce enough to keep him satisfied, so I used both formula and breastmilk until he started biting. My second to oldest I had to return to work at eight months. I HATED breasfeeding! However, I knew that it was the best for my children so we perservered until the one year mark. I would never judge another woman by how long she nursed her children. Each circumstance is unique. Just because a mother decides breastfeeding is not for her, gives no one the right to question the love of a parent.

  • Educated Mama
    July 22, 2008 8:54 a.m.

    I breastfed each of my 3 children. My firstborn was so efficient, he gained one hefty pound each week for the first 8 weeks of his life and so active that he weaned himself at about 10 months.

    With my next two children, I simply didn't have what they needed. I stuck with nursing anyway, mistakenly believing that my body would meet the demand. When I switched to formula at 9 months for my first daughter, I met a completely different person. Now that she was finally getting enough food, she began to gain weight and her temperament became very peaceful and happy.

    With my second daughter, I stopped lactating when she was 6 months old, due to extreme stress (marital stress, unemployment). I tried everything to reestablish lactation (with small success), but baby was starving. I simply could no longer provide through my body what she needed.

    Take care not to characterize women who don't breastfeed as uneducated or lazy. You can't possibly know the circumstances behind those decisions.

    No one disputes the benefits of breastmilk through the first year. However, formulas provide a sound alternative when life doesn't deal a winning hand every single time.

  • arizonagrandma
    July 22, 2008 7:43 a.m.

    Breast-fed all six of my children past 1 year old. My married daughter did so, too, with her two oldest girls and she is currently nursing her 5-month-old twin daughters successfully. She received encouragement and instruction on how to feed them at the same time the day after they were born from Tucson Medical Center's lactation specialist. TMC is the Children's Miracle Network hospital here. She threw away the "gift" formula when she got home from the hospital. Each baby weighed 6+ lbs at birth and now weigh about 16 lbs each. She does pump for occasional bottle feeding when nursing is inconvenient. With the cost of needing twice as many diapers, clothes, etc, a lot of money has been saved with not having to buy expensive formula for two. They are just barely over the income cap to qualify for WIC.

  • jwr
    July 22, 2008 7:41 a.m.

    Breast feeding is a choice the mother makes (possibly along with the father) so often we listen to so called experts and they turn out to be wrong. I believe it is a good thing but is this really worth daily news reporting. Formulas may be the cause of many problems in children but hey it is still the choice of the woman and what works for her

  • Susan
    July 22, 2008 7:40 a.m.

    I don't buy the lack of education as a big factor for not breast feeding in Utah.
    Most women in Utah have plenty of positive influences of breast feeding and more accepting public as well. We are surrounded by breast feeding.
    Those who don't breast feed from my experience are those that just don't think its convenient or don't really try.

  • No they don't try
    July 22, 2008 7:27 a.m.

    Women give up way too easily.
    They complain it hurts and quit after a short period.
    They complain the baby just won't take and give up.
    They complain its not convenient and give up.
    They complain its too hard to feed the baby in the night, when husband can with a bottle and give up.
    My favorite is, "I just don't produce enough" and they give up. Fooey!! They are looking for an excuse to give up and will.
    They really DON'T TRY and think of themselves before the needs of their baby.
    Or they go to work 6 weeks after they have they baby and they don't have wet nurses at day care.
    Why have kids???

  • nursing student
    July 22, 2008 7:06 a.m.

    There are also specially trained nurses called "lactation consultants" that are available to help women who may be struggling with breastfeeding at any point. To find a lactation consultant you can call your local hospital's Mother-Baby unit and ask for more information.