I have sorta had it with everyone giving people who gave their children formula a bad rap. I thought I would share my side since I did do both.
I totally believe that breast is best. I breastfed Evelyn for 4 months, and I loved it for the most part. When she was first born, she would get hungry fast and when she was hungry she was not willing to latch for me. I dont know if its because my milk didnt come fast enough for her or not, but there was no way I could get her to latch. I was forced to give her formula. I wasnt going to let her starve until she latched. She was too upset for me to even calm her down to give her my boob. It took me a few days to start catching onto her ques and thankfully I didnt have to give her formula more then a couple of times.
I breastfed for a while, and I enjoyed it. But I didnt enjoy that my husband couldnt stand it. Don't know why, he always hassled me about giving her formula and he couldn't stand not taking care of her. So I pumped. I tried to get my milk supply going and going. I wanted a stock pile in the fridge so my husband could no longer whine and complain. I didnt mind giving her a bottle, I didnt want her to be on formula, I wanted to give it a shot. But after P got home from Iraq, he was struggling in alot of ways and it turned into him being embaressed for me to breastfed Evelyn, which made me uncomfortable, so I gave up. I was already having struggles with her needing to be breast fed every 3 hours, and I felt like I could never have a life.
I tried. I felt like I gave it a good shot. I have vowed to myself that the next baby I will try harder, and I told the Hubby now that he knows how expensive formula is that he will be supportive of me, and let me do it! He has agreed. Hopefully he wont be deployed for my pregnancy so he can experience more of the experience with me.
I had to give Evelyn soy formula. She had a really bad reaction to milk-based formula, so onto Soy she went. As most of you know, she is now on Almond Milk, she cant stand milk, but luckily she is getting way better with things such as cheese.
Nothing was wrong with giving Evelyn formula. Of course I wish I could have given Evelyn my own milk, save the money and give her everything I could. I dont think there are many moms out there who dont want to give their child the best start in life that they can. Evelyn was fed when she was hungry, she got even more independant from drinking her bottle.
Evelyn was formula fed for 8 months, she is healthy and happy and a perfect little girl! She is not an alien or has some deformities because I didnt breastfed for longer.
Its honestly really bad how many woman rag on other woman for giving their child formula. Some woman cannot produce milk. Some woman have health issues. Some woman do not have the support, and some woman cannot do it for one reason or another. Its no ones business to give them crap about it. They are feeding and taking care of their own child the best way they can. I would never rag on another woman for choosing not to breastfed feed their child...because it is THEIR CHILD! Its their decision. Every parent has the right to make choices for their children, and I dont agree with many Moms in the blogging world about their parenting decisions, but its not my child, it is their child! And they have every right to make those choices and I do for my child. All us Moms are MOMS! I dont look at anyone different because they use cloth diapers, breast-feed, formula-feed, vacinate, dont vacinate, binkies or use disposable diapers. Your kid your decision. I support your decision as a Mom or a Dad.