I am of the belief that breastfeeding is NOT always the best way to feed a baby. Yes, they get antibodies that are not in formula, but babies and children eventually build up their own antibodies anyway. I struggled to breastfeed my DS for 5 weeks and it almost sent me over the edge. This time round with my newborn, I tried for a week and could see it going down the same path. So I put her on formula and know what? I didnt feel one ounce of guilt I figured my mental health was more important to her, myself and my family than her having my breastmilk.
When I bottle feed her I hold her close to my chest, and I get that EXACT same rush of relaxing hormones that I would get if I was breastfeeding. It is wonderful and bonding. I also get that feeling when I cuddle her close.
There are so many reasons why breast is not always best, but it is never put out there. I get annoyed when people say that formula should be prescription only- because stressed out mums would haveto try and justify their decision to FF to strangers. Great.
Anyway, anyone else out there who thinks that breast feeding isnt always the best way to feed a baby? What are your reasons?