For the purposes of this article, "bottle feeding" does not include expressed breast milk. When a teenager is pregnant and deciding whether to bottle feed or breastfeed her baby, there are many factors that influence that decision. She may already have some misconceptions about breastfeeding and they may be difficult to break. For example, many teens who only consider bottle feeding see it as healthier because you can read the ingredients on the label and more convenient because you don't have to be "joined-at-the-hip" with the baby. Advantages and disadvantages are weighed heavily in that decision. Feelings about infant feeding methods start to form well before pregnancy.
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Dear Annie: My wife and I are expecting our fourth child. She is a firm believer in breastfeeding and plans to do so when our baby arrives. My wife continued to breastfeed him along with the baby, and continued to do so through the birth of our third child, born when Travis was 5. I thought it was a little odd, but I did not object. Travis is now 13 years old.
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I know that the health benefits are undeniable, the physical side effects at times exhausting, but the spiritual and emotional worth like no other. I found myself always either blissfully breastfeeding, or eagerly looking forward to the next time I would get to breastfeed my precious son. I became a woman obsessed, like an anxious little kid looking forward to a trip to the toy store every day. My husband took to calling me A-teet-a.
No one can know what life is like with a newborn baby before having one. It will be a story that you and your baby will tell together. But some things we can tell you for certain. These things have been studied and understood for quite a while.