Apologies if this has come up before.
For the record, I've got one baby, I breastfeed him full time at the moment (he's 20 weeks old), my husband fully supports the decision NOW, but didn't in the early weeks. I found it bloody difficult for the first 2 weeks and then it settled down and now I love it. My baby is much bigger (length and weight) than the average for his age, which I put down to lovely milk. I'm thinner than I was before I got pregnant, but eat FAR more, it's brilliant heh. I have no problem feeding in public, although generally I avoid it when other people are eating if I can.
But I'm just interested to see what other people think, because it seems that in other countries, breastfeeding is not considered the norm, and I know several people IRL who think it's dirty or somehow wrong. I wonder if the problem is purely cultural or whether it's a lack of education.
I don't think there's anything wrong with formula feeding, I was formula fed myself as my mum's milk supply went, although she went on to breastfeed her next 5 children quite easily. So I'm not here to start a formula vs breast war. Just curious.
1. Have you or would you breastfeed your own baby? Or, if you're a bloke, would you want your partner to breastfeed your child?
2. What do you percieve to be the advantages or disadvantages?
3. Did you start off breastfeeding and then get put off by the sleepless nights/sore boobs/engorgement and stop? If so, did you wish you hadn't?