"Breast is best" is a line you'll hear more times that you can count when you're pregnant. I understand the concept that breast milk is best for your baby because it is a customized formula made especially for your newborn. HOWEVER, (and that's a BIG however), it is not always easy to choose that method of feeding, and there shouldn't be so much pressure and guilt placed on new mothers to breastfeed.
I fully intended to do everything by the book with my first child. I was going to breastfeed for a year, I was not going to use a pacifier, I was ...... until reality set in, and the home care nurse yelled at me for Leighton's 10% weight loss and told me I had to supplement with formula. She made me feel like a terrible mother when my hormones were raging, and I was sleep deprived. Really?
My sleepy first eater was enough to drive me to the bottle and to formula, and when it came time for my second to be born, I knew for a fact that I was foregoing the pain and going straight to formula. Did I feel bad about it? No, I did not. Lots of kids do just fine being "formula babies". I know they say that kids get less allergies and blah, blah, blah about breastfeeding, but I know several breastfed kids that are allergic to the sun so I don't 100% believe what they're selling.
With Leighton, I chose Similac, and he spit up until he was one! I heard good things about Enfamil after having been there and done that with Similac so I switched to Enfamil for my second (even though my husband was against the switch, but he should know by now to trust me). So far - I believe it to be pure gold. Less spit up (but that could be due to the fact that Cambridge cooked a whole week longer than Leighton did), shaken not stirred (had to stir the Similac), and since we started on the pre-mixed bottles in the hospital, we are now able to use room temperature water = NO BOTTLE WARMERS!!!! (I highly recommend this method!)
I want you mothers to know that if you cannot (or choose not to) breastfeed, it is OKAY, and you are not a bad mother, as many nurses and acquaintances (good friends will not) will make you feel like you are. If you are able to breastfeed successfully, good for you, but don't judge other mothers who do not. Choose what is right for you and what keeps you sane. Your baby will be fine - that's what they make formula for!!!
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Cyndi M. Frick
This lifestyle blog is my outlet to share and advise about the things I love. I always have an opinion!