Back in 2011, when I went back to my old job from maternity leave, one of the girls at work criticised me because I breastfed Laura exclusively, without expressing milk and giving her a bottle. Her argument? That it was selfish not to let other people experience the great thing it is to feed a baby, who look at whoever is feeding them with the biggest curious and loving eyes ever. My instinct was to say “want the experience, luv? Get your own!”. I thought about saying it, but it’s like they say “if you don’t have something nice/good to say, don’t say it”.
I understand what she meant though and I hope she was refering to a father or grandparents feeding the child. To be honest, the reasons I “chose” to breastfeed from the source were: 1) laziness to sterelize bottles and other equipment and 2) expressing milk is not an easy task!!
I know some women have milk to give and sell (a literal translation from a say in portuguese, not sure if it makes sense in english), but it’s not my case. I have enough milk to feed my daughters and keep them happy, but whenever I try to express milk, I get nothing more than 50ml, which is not much really. Actually, if I express manually, I get no more than 30ml, 40-40ml with a manual pump and 50-60ml with an electric one – and this is if my breasts are full and painful and after 30min+. it’s tiring, boring and make my breasts sore.
On top of that, both my girls are not big fans of bottles… I tried several times with Laura and she never enjoyed. I tried once with Beatrice and she choked, had gag reflex and didn’t want to drink it.
So why bother? I will try again later on, just for emergencies. I went out a coupke of times, very quickly, and got back to a screamy hungry baby; had I expressed milk my mum could have at least kept Bea busy trying to figure out what to do with that platic thing that tastes like mummy.
I wonder how some newborns accept bottles so easily… By the way, I’m not eager to bottle feed her – I really enjoy breastfeeding as it’s meant to be by nature, but bottles can be practical sometimes.