January 18, 2016
Don’t Make Breastfeeding versus Formula Feeding a Hard Choice
Capri was breastfed until she was a little over 3 months old but she wouldn’t latch on without a nipple shield. It was seriously such a pain in the butt to make sure I always had that shield around, not to mention making sure it was constantly cleaned. I went back to work outside of the home after I had her, so it was a lot easier to just provide formula for her rather than pump at work. But Cam was different! He latched on right away because he essentially needed to. He wasn’t handling the formula well in the NICU so I just let him try to latch on (even though I had been told a lot of preemies have issues with this). He ate 2mL from me, which was a BIG deal, and from that day on, he’s been a boob man.
The choice is easy when it comes to deciding what you are going to do for your baby: just FEED him. I am PRO feeding babies. I don’t really care if you breastfeed or formula feed, so long as you FEED your baby. Formula has come a really long way since it was first developed (hasn’t everything?) but really, you are able to feed your baby everything he needs through something you can purchase. It is great for those who have trouble with breastfeeding, or like me with Capri and now Cam, I was just ready to be done. Breast milk is FREE which we all love, but it does put a lot of pressure on the mother. I had to eat and drink a lot more to keep my supply up, and I really stressed when I did have to leave Cam because I would fill up and would need to either leave to get to Cam to feed him or pump, which was again, a pain in the butt. Pumping in pubic is NOT easy.
You have so many choices to make as a parent, but please don’t let feeding your baby be a hard decision. If you are able and happy breastfeeding your child, then more power to you. And if you are happy formula feeding your child, then more power to you! And remember, you are doing a great job whether you are breastfeeding or formula feeding. If your baby is happy, then you should be happy with yourself.
Posted by The Choosy Mommy