Simple answer: Formula feeding is easier. (at least for me)
I always thought I’d be one of those moms that breastfed my kids til they were 18 and going off to college. Donating a million ounces to babies in need was also part of my breast feeding dream. No matter how hard I tried with all 4 girls, nursing was never what I imagined. It sucked.
Before my milk even came in my nipples hurt like hell and looked like raw chewed up ground beef. Nothing like the women in the breastfeeding pamphlets/videos with perfect Hershey kiss nipples. The excruciating pain continued for about 2-3 weeks except my nipples were now even more raw and cracked. They were pretty much chewed all the way through from a baby that has no teeth. I was miserable. The precious first weeks of having a newborn were not as enjoyable as they should’ve been because I was too caught up in breastfeeding . It honestly hurt more than the labor and delivery. Either way, I was determined to make it work.
I researched, I talked to the breast is best people, I tried everything including:
After my milk came in with all 4, I would wake up feeling like I was drowning in my own milk because they leaked so much. I pumped to get some relive. I pumped because I wanted everyone else to get to feed and bond with the baby. Breastfeeding wasn’t bonding for me. It was painful and annoying.
Not only was this natural way of feeding extremely painful, it was time consuming. How does a baby take that long to eat? How much were they even getting? Why is it still hurting? Seriously, why is this baby attached to my boob?
After a long and painful almost 2 months, I was finally getting the hang of it and actually nursing in public like I’ve always dreamed of instead of having to take off my whole shirt like I did at first and I have nothing left. I go from drowning to dried up. Without warning.
I was determined to get my supply back so I tried:
- Mother’s Milk Tea
- lactation cookies
- and any other thing all these breast is best people preach to me and still nothing.
Nothing. Plus, the baby wasn’t gaining. I finally did this…
I gave up. I felt great!
Formula feeding was the best decision I ever made.
I was now able to be happy and enjoy my baby and my life without worrying about my supply or how much they’re gaining or how much pain I’m in. I bonded with the baby more, everyone bonded with the baby more because the baby wasn’t always on my boob. We were living life again. It was less stress. I wish I would’ve started formula from day 1. Formula was the best option for me.
If breastfeeding is not working out for you, STOP. Switch to formula.
There’s no shame in it, really there’s not. I wish I would’ve done it sooner!
Ps… These Dr. Brown’s are really good bottles. I used them for .my last two babies.