Breastfeeding vs formula feeding

August 132012

It’s always a big question what to do when you’re a new mom. Breastfeeding vs formula feeding – which is the better? There ‘re moms who aren’t able to breastfeed their babies. It’s not their fault, they just can’t.  In my opinion we shouldn’t judge each other because of this. I’m a new mom and I do breastfeed my baby however it’s not enough for him that’s why I also bottle feed him. There’s nothing wrong with it. The most important thing is that the baby should grow and be healthy. It doesn’t really matter which option we choose when our baby is fed properly.  Please read this great article about this very important topic. It’s pretty controversial and everybody has its own opinion about it:

There has been a lot of controversy lately in the BF’ing world, from the very famous Time magazine cover to Mayor Bloomberg’s decision to hide formula in hospitals. Here is the thing: they are YOUR boobs. Not the lactation specialists’. Not the pediatricians’. Not your husband’s. Not your mother-in-law’s. They are yours. Therefore, it’s YOUR choice what you do with them. No one should be making the decision for you. My heart hurts for those who feel the pressure to breastfeed, especially those who just can’t do it and for those who are miserable because they feel like if they don’t breastfeed, they are a bad mother. Well, let me tell you – you are far from it. You should never feel the need to Google “am I a failure for not breastfeeding?” because you aren’t.

I have 4 girls that are perfectly healthy and none of them were breastfed. Sure, they may have been for a day or so. And sure, we tried to make it work. But, it just didn’t; each time, it was a different reason. Yet they are no different than my many friends who breastfed. Yes, I understand breast milk is the best choice when it comes to feeding your baby; however, I don’t think it is right at all for a mother to feel pressure to breastfeed. It isn’t only “right” to breastfeed your child. You just need to feed them. Period. Breastfeeding, bottle feeding – whatever way you can. It can be very hard for a new, first-time mom to feel the pressure to breastfeed and if for some reason she can’t, even after all the help she gets, she still can’t do it. How do you think that mother would feel? I know I would feel awful, which is why I am totally against pressuring breastfeeding. If you can do it, more power to you. But don’t make those around you who can’t feel like bad moms because their milk supply may be insufficient or the newborn can’t tolerate her milk for health reasons.

I also meet a new mom in the hospital and she couldn’t breastfeed her baby. She felt guilty which she shouldn’t. Read this article and please tell me what’s your opinion.


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