In honor of World Breastfeeding Week, I’ve decided to be different. Because well darling, it’s just my style. I formula feed Grayson. I have no regrets. I have no doubts about the nutritional value of formula. And no, this post is not sponsored by a formula brand. You can read more about my prior thoughts on breastfeeding vs. bottle feeding and you can clearly see, things didn’t work out this time around once again and well–I am completely happy and content.
I wanted to share my thoughts to reassure those who can’t or aren’t successful with breast feeding that you shouldn’t feel bad or guilty as a mother. Yes, it’s World Breastfeeding Week and congrats to all of those who can, but let’s not make those who can’t or choose not too feel bad. We are all in this together, right? I believe so. I think that is where the problem lies, in the support. Who cares if you breastfeed? Who cares if you bottle feed? Like I just told BabyZone, really the focus should be on feeding your baby in general and focusing on their well being – it doesn’t matter how you do it. Breast or bottle. And that is how I feel. You need to feed your baby. That is your role and responsibility as a parent. It’s OKAY to not breastfed. Yes, I said it.
So many new moms feel such pressure to breast feed. While doctors and nurses are pushed to tell you to do it, it’s your decision. Whatever it may be. Some physically can’t breastfeed for whatever reason, they just can’t. Some just don’t want too. Or it may be something that just isn’t for you and that is okay. I promise.
As I hit publish, I do realize the feedback I am about to receive, but please keep in mind that I didn’t breastfeed because I couldn’t. I wasn’t able to do it. I haven’t been successful in the past and it just seems to be something my body doesn’t do as well, along with various medical reasons that occurred. I don’t need to know the benefits that I missed out on or hear that I am a bad mom for feeding my child a bottle. If you can breastfeed and choose to then more power to you girlfriend! I am in no way anti-breastfeeding, it just wasn’t something we could do–and that’s okay.
Check out the reasons why I don’t feel bad about not being able to breastfeed.
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