1. Have you or would you breastfeed your own baby?
I breastfed Alexis exclusively for 4 weeks, supplement fed her for a week and then she went to formula completely at just over 5 weeks old.
2. What do you percieve to be the advantages or disadvantages?
Advantages - free food for bubba, none of the fuss with cleaning and making bottles, no having to look for a microwave or boiling water when out, healthier for bub
Disadvantages - for me personally, I have flat nipples and Alexis being as small as she was had a small mouth had problems latching. We had to teach her to suck pretty much... but for the first 3 days she didn't latch at all and I was hand expressing the collustrum in to a syringe to feed her with that. Wasn't pleasant. I also had to use a nipple shield, and they are an absolute pain in the ass.
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?
Yes, started off breastfeeding and I did everything that I could to continue. I used the nipple shield for 4 weeks, as well as pumping... Alexis jurst wasn't getting enough and she continued having problems latching (she wouldn't latch on without it either, and she had issues latching on to the shield)... I then started to supplement feed her because she was hungry and I wasn't producing enough milk and after 2 days of the use of the bottle she decided that the nipple shield was too much work and refused the boob altogether. So I pumped and I started getting less and less, till I ended up getting nothing. It took just over a week for that to happen. I can't say I wish I didn't. Neither of us liked breastfeeding... it made her fussy and I know she didn't get enough and we'd both get agitated. In the end, my body and her needs made the decision for us... there wasn't anything else I could do about it. I was incredibly upset because I wanted to exclusively breastfeed, but I came to the realisation that I did all I could and it is better to give her formula than her have nothing at all.