Look online anywhere and you’ll see everyone preach about breastfeeding. And it’s true, breastfeeding really is the best, most nutritious way of feeding your baby. Breastfeeding helps the baby form a better immune system, and helps you have a better, stronger bond with your baby. I’ve always been stunned by the fact the breastmilk changes if the baby is sick to help make the baby better. I completely admire any women who breastfeed.
Even after all this, I decided to bottlefeed both of my children. Why?
1. Nobody I knew Breastfed
As I first became a Mum at age 22 (relatively young) none of my friends had children. Anybody, I did know who had children bottle-fed! I was bottle-fed, so were all my cousins. The concept of deviating from bottle-feeding seemed alien to me.
2. I was scared
I’m a small girl. Pre-children my boobs were a 32A and I didn’t feel like I’d have enough boob to feed a baby with. Plus having my boob out in front of family and friends would be extremely anxiety-inducing for me, never mind doing that in public, with the potential judgement and backlash that breastfeeders sometimes get!
3. I needed medication
When I was pregnant with Holly I fell ill with quite an embarrassing illness. I won’t go into what it was in this post, but I couldn’t be treated during my pregnancy as it may have harmed Holly. I wouldn’t have been able to breastfeed on the medicine either. One of my first postpartum priorities was getting the medication I needed!
4. I wasn’t sure what I was doing
I was scared of having a baby I couldn’t satisfy with my milk. The formula was instant, readily available and easy to prepare. There was no need to worry about my baby going hungry. I didn’t realise midwives helped with breastfeeding.
5. It gave my partner a chance to bond
My partner was able to help with night feeds, and bond with Holly (and Harry!) too. It really was a little weight off my shoulders that I could sometimes sleep whilst Matt fed the baby.
There it is! A little controversial, but that’s how things have worked for me and my family.
Please remember there is no right/wrong way to feed a baby. The best decision is the one that works the best for you and your family, your routine, and most importanrly – what works best for mama!