Will I be a bad mother if I switch my baby from breast milk to formula?

Kimberly - posted on 08/18/2012 ( 7 moms have responded )

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I have been breast pumping my milk out and feeding my son through bottle. But it's been really hard these past months on keep supply up and I get caught up with work and house chores that need to be done. On most days I'm left with a messy house because i need to pump out milk. I do not breast feed direct from my breast cause my son does not like to latch on at all. Will I be considered a bad mother if I switched him to full time formula. I feel I and we will be a happier family with less stress or worry about getting him enough milk. :(

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Kimberly - posted on 08/19/2012

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Layce, hahaha! Thanks for your words of encourgement! No one has actually told me that I will be a bad mother. Its just they make me feel that way. As if I won't be giving my child all that he needs. From what I read Formula is just as good as breastmilk. I mean as long as your child is fed and satisfied right? Thanks again for your reply :)

Kimberly - posted on 08/19/2012

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Dove, Thank you so much for your words of encouragement! I will def. take that into consideration as well. I just want what is best for my son. And if i can't produce enough milk for him to be satisfy I will have to resort to formula.

Thank you!

Dove - posted on 08/18/2012

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You will NOT be a bad mother by switching to formula. If you want to continue breastfeeding then I think it would be worth it to continue trying to get him to latch. There are nipple shields and other 'tricks' you can try. Also, if feeding breast milk is important to you I would continue to pump what you can and use formula when/if you don't have enough..... BUT if you want to switch to formula it will NOT make you a bad mother. Being happier and less stressed will make you a BETTER mother.

And that's input from a woman who strictly breastfed 3 kids for a grand total of 4.5 years of my life. :)

Kimberly - posted on 08/18/2012

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Thank you. You're words are comforting. I just want to be able to raise a happy baby always. and I feel like he's sad or upset when I don't have milk that he wants which is BM. I will surely try atleast a bottle of breastmilk daily. I feel formula is best for the both of us. Thank you. And god bless you and your family :)

Nikki - posted on 08/18/2012

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I know, I had such a hard time switching over and in the end it was the best parenting decision I ever made. I got to the point where neither of us were sleeping for months on end and I was so stressed and felt guilty about giving up. It really had an impact on bonding with my daughter. Life changed so dramatically, we both started sleeping again and I had time to actually enjoy having a baby. Don't listen to people who will try and make you feel bad, they are just judgemental and have no right to be so rude.

Kimberly - posted on 08/18/2012

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Thanks Nikki, I will def. consider that option. I just hate being discouraged about it. They make it seem like I'm being a bad mother w/ switching to formula. Thank you!

Nikki - posted on 08/18/2012

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You could always try both. My health nurse suggested that I use formula and just pump once a day which I managed to do for a few months. My milk eventually dried up but I felt better about being able to give my daughter at least a little bm. And no you are not a bad mother, some people may tell you otherwise but we have to do what is best for our families. You cannot be the best mum if you are stressed and have no time to spend with your child.

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