Haven't read the entire thread but this is my story...
I intended to breast feed ds1 for 6mths when I was pregnant. The idea of breast feeding a baby once they have teeth freaked me out so I decided 6mths would be long enough besides the fact that I knew I would be returning to work around then so would be easier to have bub on formula by then.
Ds was breastfed from day dot, I had plenty of milk, that was obvious but bub was miserable, unsatisfied and constantly hungry. I was exhausted and expressed my concerns to the midwives, the health nurse re my concerns that perhaps there was something wrong with my breast milk as ds just wasn't satisfied and I was not listened to, I would top him up with formula as well as breast feed him every few hours, eventually I was depressed and so exhausted. Bub wasn't gaining weight as he should have been. 4mths later I went to the dr who took a series of blood tests. I had very low haemaglobins, near zero iron. Dr suggested I stop breast feeding, I did and baby thrived, we were both much happier and never looked back. Because breast feeding is deemed the right thing to do I persisted when I knew something wasn't right, if I was listened to instead of being made to feel silly and the breast is best crap pushed onto me i would have saved bub and I 4mths of hell!
So when pregnant with ds2 my haemaglobins were closely monitored as to not face the same problems. I still wanted to give breastfeeding a go and did feed ds2 but my iron levels got low again even after being on high dose of iron tabs for months , after a few months and ds was becoming increasingly hungry, with this in mind and a toddler to run around after I made the decision to cease breastfeeding at 2mths. This was my decision and a decision I was totally comfortable with, never for a moment did I feel terrible about it this time!
Breastfeeding doesn't work for everyone! Breast was not best for my bubs, formula was! They are both happy healthy little boys, who cares how they were fed, at least they were fed