I hear it all the time. One of the benefits of breastfeeding is that it’s easier than formula. Definitely some aspects of breastfeeding are easier, but as a whole, the process is not easier. Sure you don’t have to wash bottles, or cart around powder and water while you’re out and about with your little one. Sure, you just whip out a boob in the middle of the night as opposed to getting up to mix up or heat up a bottle. Breast milk is always the right temp and readily available. And certainly the benefits your child gets from breastfeeding are reward enough, but if one more person tells me how easy their breastfeeding journey was, I think I’m going to scream.
I’ve been a formula feeding mom. Sarah and James both thrived on formula and though I do regret not having the knowledge that I do now, then, I don’t kick myself over it. I mean, come on. It was 1988 and 1991. There was no internet to get the support I now have.
My breastfeeding journey with Daniel and Keelan were anything but easy and problem free. My first problems started minutes after Daniel was born and I didn’t know how to get him latch. Add to that that he was born on a Saturday and there was no lactation consultant on duty (staffed Monday to Friday) and by the time one finally visited my room on Monday shortly before I was being discharged, I had already caved and given him formula. When my milk came in I did purchase a pump and he was bottled fed breast milk. I kept offering him the breast and at 3 or 4 weeks I was finally able to get him to latch and we were able to ditch the formula. However, when he was 8 months old I was going through a touched out phase. I didn’t know it was a phase at the time and that it would pass if I persevered, so I weaned him and he continued on formula till one. Daniel has eczema and a peanut allergy and I have to wonder if I didn’t contribute to that with the formula he consumed. Again, although I regret my decision, I don’t kick myself over it.
When you know better, you do better. I knew better with Keelan and I was determined to (more…)