If you already have a child you know that you can't plan anything. You want to give birth in a serene clearing in a pine forest while lutes play in the background. You end up getting a C-section in an ugly, sterile hospital. You want a girl. You have a boy. You want to breastfeed. You really really want to. And you get to—sort of.
Some moms feed their babies from the breast. Other moms feed their babies from a bottle. Still others "breastfeed" their babies from bottles.
Melissa Cotton Womack really wanted to breastfeed her baby. But despite her very best efforts—which included visits with lactation consultants—her baby did not want to breastfeed and he wasn't gaining weight. So Melissa decided to pump and see what happened.
She shares her story "Feeding Baby Breastmilk via Exclusive Pumping" at Inhabitots.
Melissa has been breastfeeding via bottle for 9 months now, and it can get pretty complicated. Melissa has also been donating more than 300 ounces of breast milk a month to a friend who couldn't produce more than a few ounces a day. She's pretty amazing.
If you plan to breastfeed, take a look at Melissa's story—because as you'll soon find out if this is your first pregnancy, things won't always turn out the way you want them to. But if breastfeeding doesn't work out, that doesn't mean formula is your only option. With a little creativity, you can find something that works for you and your baby.
Are you planning to breastfeed, bottle feed or do a combination of both?