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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Proud Formula Feeder

Lincoln was 100% formula fed, from day one. He never had a drop of breast milk. I did my research, and because of having Osteogenesis Imperfecta, it seemed that breastfeeding would take too much calcium away from myself. I figured it was more important for me to be strong for my baby, rather than have to worry about my own health.

However, in all honesty, I really never had a desire to breastfeed. Even if I didn't have OI, I don't think I would breastfeed. It's just not for me. Don't get me wrong, I give major props to mama's who breastfeed their babies...but I ALSO give those props to mama's who formula feed.


The other day I was talking to a random stranger, and she asked if I breastfed Lincoln. When I told her no, her response was, "ohh, that's so sad, maybe for baby #2 you can." Umm, no, baby #2 will be formula fed as well.


While I fully support mother's who breastfeed, I think mother's who formula feed should be equally supported. After all, we're FEEDING our babies. Isn't that all that really matters?


As I said, Lincoln never had breastmilk. Lincoln also happens to be one heck of a happy, HEALTHY, thriving baby boy. Not once have I had to bring Lincoln to the pediatrician for being sick, thankyouverymuch.


I'm not saying one is better than the other, but I just wish both were equally supported. I also wish people weren't so opinionated to complete strangers. Seriously crazy lady who felt bad for me for not breastfeeding Lincoln, it was my choice, and he's perfect :)

8 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for posting this. I tried to nurse my daughter, but I had a crappy supply, so that only lasted a couple of weeks. Like you, I never had the desire to breastfeed anyway. I am proud that I formula fed her. I was formula fed, and I turned out find. She's a great kid as well. I get tired of people looking down on moms who formula feed. I don't criticize your decision to breastfeed, so don't criticize mine.

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  2. I really WANTED to breastfeed, and did for almost seven months. That said, it was a *battle* the entire time. Lizzy had no interest in nursing, and was ticked that she couldn't look around while she was eating. I literally had to swaddle her anytime it was time to feed her, or else she hit and clawed at me the whole time.

    We couldn't afford the type of pump that it would have taken to exclusively pump (I had a hand-pump), so she switched to formula...and THRIVED. She went from being in the 2nd percentile to the 20th. As someone who pretty firmly believed that breast was best, it was pretty interesting for me to see that for us, it actually wasn't.

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  3. I LOVE THIS POST! I have a friend who said the same thing to me: Oh, well you can bf baby #2 then. - Um, no.

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  4. I tried for a couple of weeks, had several issues, and gave up. And I never really wanted to do it either. At most, I planned to do it for three months.
    I think Moms who breastfeed are awesomely amazing for doing so... but I think formula Moms are also awesomely amazing for recognizing that BFing either isn't possible, feasible, or isn't the best fit for their family.

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  5. great post!

    Even though I loved breastfeeding Carter, I also had no issues with giving him formula when needed. It was an easy transition and I'm glad I didn't try to "stick" it out until he was 9 months, 12 months, etc.

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  6. We all make decisions that work for us, I am glad you found what works for you and your little one. I really hate how the BF'ers look down on people, like they are better or something? I EBF for 12 months, it just worked for us and really it would have been more work to switch to formula.

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  7. I'm so sorry you were hurt by the mommy comment. I think it's our duty as mommies to weed through those comments... and realize that we are truly doing what we feel is best for our little ones.

    I also think that the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence... coming from the position of having (still doing so) breastfed my son, it's always seemed like formula would be the "easier" option - the one that is "more" supported in our society. I honestly appreciate your opinion and your post... about how it's tough no matter which way you choose to feed your baby. There is always someone out there that thinks you should do something else. (always).

    So... keep on keeping on! Feeding babies is the key here... we want them to grow up strong and healthy and happy... and we're all doing our best.

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  8. thank you!! neither of my babies were BF'd and they are super healthey and very smart and it didn't make me love them any less

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