Deciding to formula feed your baby, can be an easy decision for some, but for others they may have that decision made for them, when for some untold reason they can not breastfeed their baby; and some feel real guilt over this.
When I was pregnant with my eldest, I had no real issues deciding which way I was going to go. Breastfeeding/Formula, it was all good to me. My sister’s and I were formula fed, so was my Mum and her brothers. I decided I was going to at least try to breastfeed, and despite the family history of no one being able to.
I did it for 4 months, and that’s when my milk dried up. I already had the formula sitting in the cupboard ready to use. My son didn’t have a single problem moving on to bottles, in fact he even slept a little better after he began drinking them. No colic, no constipation and it was the same deal with my second, it was not an issue.
Where am I going with this?
For starters formula feeding is not a bad thing. It’s not poison in a tin. It’s a life saving, scientifically developed formula that you can give to your child if you can’t or choose not to breastfeed. And it has proven over many, many years to work.
When you decide to choose to bottle feed you have a large range of formula’s to choose from. The prices of formula can vary depending on the brand and type, though just because one is more expensive then the other, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s better.
Early on when feeding formula you may find you may need to change a few times with brands, before you find one that works for your baby. What works for your best friend’s kid may not necessarily work for your own. Same goes with your own kids, even if your oldest drank one brand of formula, doesn’t mean it will be good for the second. So, don’t be afraid to swap if you need to. If your baby continues to get constipated, or suffer with wind/colic or even vomiting, see your doctor for support. It can be a rough trek to find the right formula for some babies.
Do not be afraid to ask for help.
And BONUS, you can share the feeding the baby responsibilities with your other half and other people. Meaning you can feel free to clean parts of your house while they feed your baby, or nap!
Sounds pretty magical to me.
Be sure to clean and sanitize your bottles after every use, and make sure to use the appropriate bottles/tits for your baby, as most brands have been labeled with age ranges for appropriate milk flow.
Now the most important thing of all. Just because you formula feed your baby, does not mean you are a failure as a parent. If you can’t breastfeed, or your baby is allergic to your breast milk, or what ever other reason you have. You are not a failure, you are not a second rate Mum.
Look at that beautiful child in your arms, chugging away on a bottle of sweet sweet milky goodness, growing, happy and healthy. That is all that matters. You are doing the right thing, don’t ever think you are not and don’t let anyone else make you feel that way either. You know your baby better then anyone else.
This article is dedicated to my lovely Mum friends who inspire me every day.