Eloise - posted on 08/20/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )
I feel that some people go on about breast-feeding a bit too much! I'm not saying that its a bad thing because even I believe that breast-feeding is the best for the baby and a great convienient way of feeding a baby, but because it is so hyped up mothers like me feel bad when they have to go onto bottle feeding because for some reason they cannot breast feed. for me i had to put my baby onto bottle feeding at around 3 weeks, she was having two bottles of pumped breast milk and two bottles of formula, but because pumping was so time consuming i didnt have time to do it everytime i needed to and now my milk supply has dried up so now she is on full formula. when i decided to go onto full formula it really got me down because all new mothers hear about is how great breast feeding is and how it is the best way to feed the baby, so i felt like i had failed as a mother because i couldnt provide for my baby.
My daughter Maya is now one 5 weeks old and growing well and is enjoying being on full formula.
I feel that it would help if people would mention that although breast is best, there is no reason that new mothers should feel guilty for feeding formula as it is just as good because the baby is still getting what they need.
In the end its whats best for the mother and the child and for some people that is formula feeding.
this is just my opinion on it and i hope this message does not offend any proud breast feeding mothers, as although i am feeding my daughter formula i have a high respect for any mother breast feeding as i found it so hard!!!