Guiltless Guide to Parenting
Things parents swear they will and will not do (and now do!)
Breast or Bottle
Even with the proven benefits of breast milk, many women choose not to breastfeed their babies. There are numerous reasons for this: seeing their breasts as part of their sexuality and breastfeeding may therefore feel “wrong,” not producing sufficient milk, having an illness that means breastfeeding is not an option, dealing with painful conditions such as mastitis, seeking to involve other family members in the feeding process, returning to work shortly after baby’s birth—the list goes on.
Sally Bell always thought she would breastfeed her child but gave up after three months because it was very painful, and she was not producing enough milk and had to supplement it with formula—so decided to bottle feed exclusively instead.
Jacki Shaw, mother to Daniel and Eva, always said she would never breastfeed but felt pressured by her partner into trying with Daniel. She started breastfeeding but was not producing sufficient milk and after six weeks switched to bottle feeding and formula. With the birth of Eva she went straight to bottle feeding and was much happier and less stressed out about trying to make sure her baby was getting enough to eat.
Do what you feel is best for you and your child—no matter what you planned on doing, the main thing is to make sure your child is getting a sufficient amount of food and is gaining weight at the required rate. If you are absolutely miserable with one type of feeding, it is probably not right for your family—and there is a lot to be said for having a happy mommy in the house!
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