Breastfeeding mommies feeling guilty?

Diana - posted on 06/26/2013 ( 3 moms have responded )

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while baby is with grandma (DH mom) baby gets formula or whenever we are out baby gets formula....baby is thriving and healthy! why do i feel sp gulity when i give her formula?

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Sarah - posted on 06/27/2013

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Of course she prefers the breast, she is bonding with Momma :) I remember how stressful it was for me with my oldest child, I was going to school and wanted her to have breast milk while I was away. You should contact your local La Leche League, the women there are really helpful, really supportive, and have great advice on how to up your milk supply if you would like to give baby breast milk when you can't be with her. They even have advice on how to help your milk come down if baby isn't with you- you don't love the pump, so it can be hard to get things flowing! The most important thing is that you feel comfortable with what you are doing, and if you feel guilty about the formula, then La Leche would be a great asset for you.

Diana - posted on 06/26/2013

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I have actually done that but hats weird is that when I pump I only get about 2& 1/2 ounces and my hubby and mother in law both tell me that she drinks them quickly and is still hungry so then end up having to give her more of my milk plus formula. It's so weird that I feel this way. She also doesn't really prefer the bottle she would rather have my breast . She will cry and fight it until she's crying so much I guess she gives up and takes the bottle :(

Sarah - posted on 06/26/2013

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I have 10 month old twins, and the smaller of the two was diagnosed as failure to thrive at 2 months- I had to move her from the breast to (mostly) formula, and I felt REALLY guilty, like I had failed her. It is probably a hormonal thing, you feel like you should be all baby needs and it is just not possible when you are a busy parent. Have you tried pumping so that baby can have breast milk when you aren't there? This can be a difficult routine to get into, but if it will assuage your guilt then it is well worth the trouble.

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