Jun 30, 2011

Laila Ali Talks Breastfeeding and Bottles: The Mistake She Won't Make Again

Alison Dyer

Laila Ali says she was careful not to repeat a breastfeeding mistake with her new baby, daughter Syndney J, that she had made with her first: offering the baby a bottle too early.
“About a week into it I made the mistake of giving my son a bottle so my husband [Curtis Conway] could help, and then the baby started liking the bottle, and I ended up having to pump,” Ali, who eventually exclusively pumped, tells Best for Babes.
“I wasn’t going to give up or stop. I feel like God gave us, as moms, our own custom formula specifically for our child. Why would I want to go buy something from the store instead, that’s made in a factory?” 
This time, Ali says she made sure that baby Syndney was not offered the bottle, but adds her husband understandd and finds other ways to be involved in caring for their 3 month old baby girl:
He knew that I didn’t want to introduce the bottle too early with Sydney, but it wasn’t like I had to say, ‘Honey, you’re going to be able to help in other ways,’” Ali explains.
 “He already knows, when it comes to the baby and feeding the baby and doing things the best way, I’m in the lead as far as that’s concerned. We don’t have an issue with that.”
“Breastfeeding is a job made for moms to do. I don’t see arguing with that, though I am sure people will,” she says. “It’s such a short period of time in a child’s life that you are going to be breastfeeding, so let Mom do her thing.”

Source: Best For Babes 

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