Yes ladies I did it!

Ashley - posted on 07/31/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Okay ladies, I'm doing it because this subject is frustrating the hell out of me. I see so many post up on COM about breast feeding VS formula feeding a baby. I hear so often that it is so hard to breast feed because there is so much controversy over it. Well from everything I have been reading and seeing its the Moms that formula feed that have to defend there right to do so. I feel they are constantly getting put down and made to feel like they are a bad mom for there choice, or there lack of choice. I am completely for both. I have an 8 and a half month son who was breast fed. I started to ween him to formula when he was 7 months old. I am still nursing him once at night. Why am I constantly made to feel like formula is the worst thing in the world and how dare I give it to my son when I could have breastfed him longer. I just had to put that out there and so far this page seems the most down to earth page. What are your thoughts? Please keep it nice;)

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Ashley - posted on 07/31/2010

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I'm new to this page and haven't seen any post about it on hear. Your absolutely right it has been beaten to death. I feel really bad about bringing it up. I just felt like I was the only one on the face of the earth that is pro breast and pro bottle. No I do not feel guilty for weening my son. It was the right time for both of us. I just have some very strong opinions. I am very sorry and once I find out how I will close this conversation.

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I think whatever a mother thinks is right then thats what she should do. Formula isn't going to kill a child!!! Now is breastmilk better.....YES!! Obviously it's better....thats just the facts. But doesn it make you a bad mom for not choosing to breastfed....NO!!! Every mom is different, every situation is different.
I personally started breastfeeding my first and quit after 6wks and went to formula. With my second I breastfed for 1 yr. Both kids have always been healthy, other than a lil virus here or there. My next will be breastfed as well, but thats my choice and I am forunate to stay at home which makes breastfeeding alot easier!!

Tracey - posted on 07/31/2010

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You have a healthy child who is receiving enough food. Doesn't matter what anyone else says - that is all that is important.

Tara - posted on 07/31/2010

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Are you feeling guilty about your choice?
I don't understand why you would post this unless you were feeling guilty about your choice and wanted someone to back you up, so you know you're not the only one. Or you just want to start this debate up again, it's a horse that has been beaten to death and then sent to the glue factory. Everyone has an opinion on breast vs bottle, most opinions are polarized one way or the other. No breastfeeding moms never have to defend themselves. What would we defend ourselves against? It is the perfect food.
And yes formula feeding moms or hybrids (both formula and breast) do end up defending their choices more often, mostly because it is the inferior food choice to formula feed, and that is public knowledge.
Anyhoo...... sorry, I can't help you. I'm glad you're still nursing some of the time. And I'm glad you chose to bf this long, congratulations!! But I see no need to go around this debate yet again....

Ashley - posted on 07/31/2010

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No question really, just debate. Maybe I want to find some people in the same boat as me. Make me feel a little better about my choice to formula feed my son when I could have continued to breast feed. Sorry about the confusion Tara.

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