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Breastfeeding Plans…

23 Jul

I’m one of those people who likes to be prepared. In reality I’m very rarely prepared for anything as I start planning too soon, trick myself into thinking that I have sooooo much time ahead of me, and then suddenly realise that I’ve got loads of stuff left to get/make/do. I’m desperately trying not to do this with all of our baby things…

I’m very keen to breastfeed once our son is here and – if I can – that requires very little preparation other than getting nursing bras, nipple cream and breast pads (which I’m sure I’ll need even if I don’t manage to BF). The trouble is that I’m faced with the quandary of if I should get bottles, formula and a steriliser for my hospital bag, just in case.

I’m worried that if I can’t breastfeed I will be failing my baby by not having a back-up…but then again I am against buying things I don’t need and worried that by getting them I am actually setting myself up to fail.

Just like with everything else I’ve fretted about so far, I’ve had a good look online at what others are saying and I’m finding the same thing that I always find…

  1. ladies saying “why bother with the expense of bottles and formula that you might never use…you can always get someone to pop out and buy you them if you really need them…”
  2. ladies saying “it’s always best to be prepared! GET THE BOTTLES AND FORMULA!”

…so basically, once again I can’t rely on the internet to make my decision for me and I have to make it myself.

It’s quite empowering really.

So! I’ve decided NOT to bother buying anything that I don’t need. My plan is to breastfeed and my will is strong, so I’m going to persevere with it no matter how difficult I might find it. I’m aware that it will be hard at first, that it might hurt, that I might struggle to get to grips with it, that it doesn’t come easily to every woman.

I’m also aware that being positive about it is half of the battle and that if I think I can do it and don’t let myself give up on that belief in my capability, then I am going to be more likely to keep at it and be successful.

…and at the end of the day, should my plan (or my will) fail, I can always buy the necessaries for bottle feeding as and when I might need them.

 
4 Comments

Posted by on July 23, 2015 in Plans, Pregnancy

 

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4 responses to “Breastfeeding Plans…

  1. The Free From Mummy

    July 23, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    Or buy ‘natural latch’ bottles and a pump. That way you will probably use them regardless. Just an idea!

     
    • onegirlandacampervan

      July 23, 2015 at 5:38 pm

      Ooh, that’s an idea! I’ll have a look at them 🙂 thank you xxx

       
  2. bloodsugarecmomagik

    July 24, 2015 at 10:01 pm

    I’m sure all will go fine with breast feeding 🙂
    I only got to express with my first baby, but so keen to try breast with mine due soon. 💕👶🏻
    I have bought a starter pack however, just in case for whatever reason something may happen. If I manage to breast feed fine I will just donate to my NICU afterwards. I bought a couple of bottles too that I will be happy to donate should I not need them. There are lots of mummies in NICU trying to establish feeds (like me last year- and spent a fortune trying different bottles to put my expressed milk in) so know they will go appreciated 🙂

    💘🍼 x

     
  3. Aimee Morris

    July 27, 2015 at 10:36 am

    I feel exactly the same as you on this one! It’s such a difficult decision to make when you have no idea how it’s going to go. You can only prepare for the best and just hope that you don’t have to make that trip to get the formula but if you do it’s not the end of the world and you know that you’re only doing right by your baby and giving him what he needs. Will be interested in seeing how you get on! xx

     

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