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    Lawsons Mom – Yeah, it’s all about the preservatives. Nasty stuff! Plus, how easy is it just to mush up bananas? I never understood why moms would buy a jar of bananas? Plus those are really funky looking. Then there is the food combinations that no one would eat together. Then there is the money factor which I know is a concern for you since you want to stay home. A jar is like a buck. One sweet potato can make several meals and costs about a buck. If you make your own food you know what goes in it and how fresh it is. I’m actually going a step further and growing my own veggies for the little guys. Got them plants and now just waiting for them to produce! HAHA!



    Illy: i go through the same thing every night. for some reason in the evenings i never seem to have enough for her. she drains them, then still wants more. if anyone knows how to increase supply in the evenings i’d appreciate the tips



    So what’s everyones opinions on binkys my son doesn’t really like them so I dunno if I should push it or not I hear its good for preventing sids but I am having issues breaking my 22 month old of hers ugh what to do



    god-iva-for the most part we are a helpful group so anytime you need words of encouragement/advice come here. first off go find a good lactation consultant. if it is a latch issue a good one will help you correct it. once it is corrected give your nips a little time to heal and it will get easier. the pain will go away and baby will start going longer between feedings. just take a deep breath and if you have anyone who can take the baby on a walk and give you just 15-30 minutes alone let them do that for you.



    momofcash- that’s cool. i wish i had seen that!



    phatbaby, aw! that is funny. And that is early! I’m so lazy today because i worked until 10:30 last night, didn’t get home until 11:15ish and then didn’t go to sleep until 12! And of course Ella doesn’t know that, and the waking 3 times a night was hard last night. haha But i have lots to do today, so i need to stop. But picking myself up off this couch is hard!



    saw this, loved this, stole this!
    This was posted by someone I know on another site in a breastfeeding group and I thought I would share it here.

    (Disclaimer: I have nothing against formula-feeding or supplementing moms. I was just struck by a random moment of humor where I realized that many of the reasons why a mom might choose to formula feed over breastfeeding actually apply to my decision to breastfeed.)

    I can’t formula feed. I have low supply. Once I empty a can, it wouldn’t magically fill back up again. I’d try the whole ‘supply and demand’ thing of going to the grocery store to stock back up. But my baby would scream if I do that. I can’t stand the screaming!

    Besides, my cabinets are too small and I’d prefer to keep them sexy and uncluttered with all the formula cans. I’ve heard that formula feeding only works for people with big cabinets, anyway. As long as they’re not SO big that it’s hard to stack the formula cans. So really, formula feeding only works for people with medium sized cabinets.

    And I’d be nervous about wondering if my baby was getting enough or getting too much. How do formula feeding moms know that their baby is getting enough? If baby cries, how do they know if he wants a bottle or if he wants a pacifier? And how do they know if they’re over-feeding baby? Every weight check would make me paranoid that my formula mixing skills were just not up to par.

    I’d also be afraid to go out of my house if I was formula feeding. I’d be afraid that I forgot the bottles or the nipples or the formula or that I didn’t bring enough, or that I brought too much. And besides, I feel SO awkward trying to bottle feed my baby. He always screams when I’m mixing the formula, but I can’t mix it any faster because I need to make sure all the clumps are gone. There’s just no way I can imagine bottle feeding a baby discreetely in public! I’ve tried all those hints and tips that I’ve seen other mothers mention, but I just can’t get a hang of it.

    Not to mention nighttime bottles. I like getting sleep. How do you get sleep if you have to prepare and warm a bottle? I just can’t imagine how a parent could do it. Plus, there’s so many worries about formula and SIDS that I’d be afraid my baby would die. (excuse commonly applied to co-sleeping)

    And how would I be able to pay attention to my older child while I’m bottle feeding or washing the bottles? Not to mention the fact that it would interfere with my husband’s ability to bond with our child, since he’d have to be washing bottles too. And working to pay for the formula.

    Which brings me to another thing. I don’t think I could do the whole formula feeding thing, because I’d be constantly worried about the source of formula drying up. I mean. It’s a horrible economy. How will I know in the beginning if I can make it to a full year of formula feeding? If I were to formula feed, I’d always be worried about the supply. So I might try it in the beginning… But I have to tell ya, if the stock market drops any more than it has already.. I just wouldn’t be able to deal with the anxiety and would have to give it up.

    Plus, what happens when baby gets teeth and starts to chew on the nipple bottles? And I hear it’s painful when you move from the ready-made formula to the cans of powdered formula, because those pull-tops can have razor-sharp edges. I don’t know if I would be able to deal with the pain of cutting up my fingers on those edges! Sure, in theory I could learn new techniques that would enable me to open the can without cutting myself.. But really, the idea of a paper cut makes me cringe, so I don’t even want to try. I think I’ll wean my baby off of formula when I need to make the switch away from the ready-made samples.

    I don’t know how people do it, honestly. Maybe it’s easier with practice.. But I tried a few bottles in the beginning with my older son and it just didn’t work for me. So with this child I’m not even going to bother.

    …Now how do I get those damned formula samples and coupons to stop showing up at my door? I tried throwing sage tea at them and wrapping them in chilled cabbage leaves. But none of the old tricks work, darnit. Maybe some benadryl?



    Bri- Yea, they’re great aren’t they?



    Lawsonsmom – Welcome back!!! Glad to see you on here again :o)



    Question for you ladies successfully breastfeeding. I am 3 months away from having my 3rd child. My past two attempts at breastfeeding were unsuccessful. The first time, my milk didn’t come in until WAY after birth, so I switched to bottle feeding when DD was 3-4 days old. My second time, my breasts were riddled with clogged, infected ducts so I ended up with a severe case of mastitis and engorgement and decided to go to the bottle after about a week. Would you ladies even try again in my situation, or just go straight to the bottle to avoid the frustration and mental anguish of not being able to breastfeed?? Not sure what to do, any advice appreciated. Thanks!!



    next week my husband is going to try to give my lo a bottle how much breast milk should he be feeding her? she is 3 weeks now 4 weeks on tuesday



    You’re our Proud Pumpin’ Mama!!


    Going away for a week tomorrow, Ollie’s first holiday! Very much looking forward to it.



    benbubby – I was thinking of swaddling too. Sometimes they are just too active. My first hated being swaddled but he was and still is a very active sleeper. We would use a clutch hold to get him to sleep. He’d fight it a bit and then be out. Either my husband or I would hold him while we slept. Cradled in our arms we’d be sure that his arms couldn’t move. It’s like swaddling but with us instead of blankets. It worked for us. Doesn’t work for Alex though. But, he’s a much calmer sleeper. stays in one place.

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