Deciding to formula-feed before birth
"Our baby isn't here yet, but I will be formula feeding. It is both a personal choice for me and something I discussed with my husband. I've never felt the desire to breastfeed, and I'd even felt a sense of dread whenever I thought about it. Besides, our greatest concern is that the baby is fed and cared for, not where _the meal comes from." — _Sarah B.*
"I like the fact that my partner will be able to feed baby as well — and really feel like he's part of the process. I want him to have that connection with baby, so we decided before birth that baby would be formula-fed." — Rachel Z.
"I discussed formula-feeding with my doctor, and given my history of depression, she thinks this will actually be better for baby and me. Baby will be well cared for; I will feel less 'trapped'; and my partner can be more involved. For me, postpartum depression will be less of a concern. I believe each person needs to do what is best for their health and their family." — Claire R.
"I was formula fed, and I am comfortable making that choice for my children as well. I would never judge a woman for the way she chooses to feed her child, and I wouldn't ever want to know that women were judging me for a personal choice." — Lara H.
Deciding to formula-feed after birth
"I really wanted to breastfeed, but I have some physical reasons why it didn't work. I do think someone less sensitive could have made it work, so that gives me a little guilt pangs. I gave it the best shot I could handle — and I know that I'm doing what's best for my baby. When it comes down to it, that's all that really matters." — Beth B.
"Baby was born and unfortunately, I wasn't producing milk, so I wasn't able to breastfeed." — _Dylane T. _
"My son was born at 36 weeks and only weighed 5 pounds, so getting him to eat was a struggle. We switched to formula almost immediately because he took to a bottle much better." — Lynn K.
"My son latched right away and did great nursing, but I hated it. I hated how long it took and how often it was and really, just didn't enjoy nursing overall. I was much happier when I switched and actually felt like I could better bond with my baby. I didn't have to dread feeding him anymore." — Louisa V.
"When our baby arrived, he breastfed. But at the time he had torticollis and I didn't know it, so breastfeeding positioning was very frustrating for him and me. Because it was harder for us, I began supplementing and pumping. Frankly, when I saw how full and satisfied baby was with the formula, I wanted to keep formula-feeding him. I slowly lost interest in pumping and eventually, he became formula-fed only." — Kali C.
"I wanted to exclusively breastfeed, and the first few weeks went well. I thought that baby was gaining the appropriate amount of weight. But at his one month check-up, he was below his birth weight, so I chose to supplement." — _Zoe D. _
"I was pumping about five times a day and only getting two ounces. I knew then that it was time to stop." — _Lane W. _
"I breastfed for two months and really just wasn't cut out for it. It was mentally and physically draining for me. My baby was constantly hungry and would projectile vomit. I struggled with guilt at first, but now we are both much happier, and I'm glad I made the choice I did." — _Joan R. _
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