Angie - posted on 06/09/2009 ( 277 moms have responded )
I have a feeling this could be a controversial question, but here I go. I was all about breastfeeding my daughter exclusively. It had never crossed my mind that she would ever get formula when I was pregnant- I was completely against it. Fast forward a couple weeks after my daughter was born... she is losing huge amounts of weight... 1.5 pound to be exact (20% of her body weight). I started supplementing formula and she immediately began to thrive. I resisted the doctors advice to supplement for 3 weeks (trying all sorts of methods for better and more successful breastfeeding) before I did it and we were contemplating putting her in the hospital. My question and part vent is this... according to some of the moms on here, I should have never given my baby formula (because it's "artificial," "unnatural," "poison" etc). Would it have been better if my daughter died because I resisted it and continued on the failed exclusive BF (I continued to do both until she was 7 months and then she stopped)? It's great in theory that my baby never get formula, but when it comes down to the health of your child would you really make that choice? My baby's health and lively hood means more to me than some principle of never giving my child something "artificial." Yes, BF would have been wonderful to do exclusively, but some of you out there make such harsh judgments. Would you really have let your baby go to the hospital, get very sick, starve just because it's artificial? I just don't understand how that works. The longer it's been since I've had my daughter and the closer I come to having my new baby, the more I realize that I did the RIGHT thing by giving my daughter formula. I was not a failure or a lazy mother because I gave my daughter formula. I was a concerned mother that had the best interest of her child in mind! So to those out there that choose to use formula... you are not failures or lazy or any other terms. You are doing what's right for you and your baby. Hopefully, that encourages anyone who was like me and feeling like a failure because of what we did.