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Breastfeeding is a full-time job

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By host - lori.may"Even more than being pregnant, breastfeeding is a full-time job. And this job comes with a demanding schedule." ⏰
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For everyone thinking yes it’s hard for bottle feeding mums too. Yes it is. Nobody is denying that, all mums are exhausted and stressed and having a hard time but it’s an article about breastfeeding which is a different challenge altogether.
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Breastfeeding mums can’t get a little break by asking someone else to feed the baby for 5 mins and this is the essence of this discussion.
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is is necessary that only the mother can breastfeed the child or can someone else can also do it
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Seriously though yes breastfeeding is super tough. My almost five month old hates formula ( which she had to be started on due to being a month early and not being able to suck on me) and she will not take bottles. We've tried brands and brands of bottles and nothing. I feel like my mom is trying to push me to start feeding solids soon so I can get a break but no matter what, I will breastfeed exclusively for as long as she needs. But when you have a baby who will only eat from you, yes it is way harder than makng a bottle for hubs to give baby, as I always say to my hubby, you can't detach a breast so you dont have any other options.
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In my case, the son was breastfeeding every 20-40 min for 15-30 min. So it can be much more intense than just every couple hours feeding.
I honestly feel sad that so many bottle-feeding mothers do not realise that breastfeeding moms have very intense schedules. I personally know other mothers who couldn't put their babies off their breasts for the first few months, so no matter what you wanna say, breastfeeding can get so much more challenging. And again, I am not saying that you are bad mothers, I am simply focusing on the fact that breastfeeding is purely a responsibility of a mother whereas bottlefed babies can be fed by literally anyone else if the mother is too exhausted or needs a time off.
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For some people it may seem like a full time job, personally I don't find breast feeding a hassle at all. I have always felt a bit sorry for bottle feeders who have all the extra cleaning and sterilising and who actually have to get out of bed at 3 in the morning and make a bottle. I just grab my babies out of the bassinet, which is right next to my bed and hey presto. I don't need to pack bottles or plan for feeds when I go out with my babies because they are packed and ready to go. Breast feeding can also be a nice time to relax with your baby. Alternatively, once you get pretty good at it, I am sure there are plenty of Mums who can tell you they can multitask - wouldn't be strange in my house to see me vacuum etc, while feeding a baby lol. Don't get me wrong, I know many people have issues with breastfeeding however many mothers don't, some even enjoy it. I acknowledge that the first week or two can be properly unpleasant sometimes, eg tenderness, and feeding bringing on stomach contractions which gets a bit worse for each child yuck. However I do think statements like breastfeeding is a full time job is really not representative of my experience, perhaps it should state breastfeeding can be a full time job, some mothers find breastfeeding to be a full time job. This is not to throw shade at anyones experience, I just wanted to share my positive experience as I feel statements like this can make breastfeeding seem very overwhelming and off-putting for Mothers who are deciding whether or not to breastfeed.
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I definitely feel like this was not made clear to me in the great push to enforce exclusive breastfeeding among all new mothers. Nobody told me anything about formula at all, period, so you get the idea that formula is The Thing of Which We Do Not Speak, and also now I find out I’m not even supposed to start pumping til at least 4 weeks in. On top of all that, everyone’s telling me I “need to get more sleep,” “take care of myself,” “take it easy,” etc. - but there’s no actual way to do ANY of that while I’m exclusively breastfeeding! It’s all me, all the time, 24/7, and it isn’t sustainable. I’m not even 3 weeks in and ready to throw in the towel because nobody can tell me how this is supposed to work that doesn’t involve me literally never being able to sleep. ?!
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I get the whole"bottle feeding still is 2-3 hour increment thing," but I've done it all. My first was EBF, my second was a preemie born at 30 weeks, so I pumped around the clock, nursed when I was able, then had to do combo BF and formula, then eventually formula. EBF is the most consuming. Pumping was rough, but still less so than EBF, and having to go to formula, though I didn't want to, was freeing in many, many ways.
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Breastfeeding or bottle feeding it’s still a full time job of 2-3 hour increments.
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Yep bottle feeding is exactly the same
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Hey Ladies, having a baby is exhausting, bottle feeding is exhausting, breastfeeding is exhausting, getting them to sleep is exhausting, waking up in the night is exhausting, changing nappies is exhausting, dressing them is exhausting, worrying about everything to do with them is exhausting, looking after other siblings is exhausting, trying to cook for the rest of your family is exhausting, trying to keep the house in some order is exhausting, maintaining relationships is exhausting. Get the drift? Having kids in general is bloody exhausting!!! It’s not a competition, us mums are exhausted. Take these articles as they are, read them or scroll past them but don’t get too hung up on what others say as let’s face it, it’s just plain exhausting!
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