Please note I'm not wanting reasoning for breast feeding or for this to be a debate, I'm posting in this section to get advice from mums who solely bottle fed (formula) from day 1. Whilst I understand everyone has their own opinion, please respect my decision just as I respect yours as a parent either way.
This is baby #3 for me, DS1 & 2 (who are both under 3 so you'd think this'd be fresh in my memory, and not making me tense!) were bottle fed each from about a week/2 weeks (S26 Gold and Karicare AR respectively) I didn't enjoy breast feeding, I got mastitis each time and it was horrendous. This time (I wanted to have the guts to do this last time but chickened out in the hospital!) I really am adamant that I want to bottle feed from day 1, bottle feeding was a great experience for me both times. I only have 5 months maternity leave and am such an active mummy that I find breast feeding so restrictive (personally, I understand not the case for everyone).
So my question is for mummy's who've done this proudly from day dot. What were your experiences? Was there any hostility from hospital staff? (I know my OB will be supportive, he's pretty easy going).. Do you take your own formula to hospital with you? I noticed for top-ups with my boys they used S26 gold, but I didn't enjoy this formula with DS1 and don't think I'd use it again. What were the repercussions for your own body e.g. pain etc? Is it easier just to BF in the hospital and do what you're comfortable with at home? Did you give your baby colostrum and then stop? Or formula from day 1? I'm even chicken to tell the admission clerk at my 32 week appt as people have such huge opinions on this topic, whereas I feel I'm informed enough to make the right one for me this time (still chicken though haha).
Any advice or experiences would be greatly appreciated, thank you