I'll start by pointing out that this is in the 'celebrate bottlefeeding' section, a place for those who (for whatever reason) bottlefeed and want to talk to others who do. This is not a place for breast vs bottle debate, as there are other areas in the forum for that. This is a 'safe' place for those who bottlefeed to talk about anything related to it.
Without going in to a huge back story, I bottlefed DD formula for most of the first year. I tried to BF when she was born, but was not able to continue with this, so she was on formula from a few weeks onward.
It was a very hard time for me emotionally, as I had not intended to FF her. I felt that I constantly had to explain and justify what I was doing, and I am sure that the situation contributed to the mild PND I experienced for most of her first year.
Aside from all the hormones and upset, there were things that I actually really liked about bottlefeeding her. However, I almost felt as if I wasn't 'allowed' to say it or, if I did, that I had to preface it with 'of course BF is best, but...' instead of just saying how I felt.
I believe that if a mother has to, or chooses to, formula or bottle feed then she (like breastfeeding mums) should also be supported and celebrated.
I'll say this here once, as it's the first thread, but won't mention it again in this section. I absolutely support breastfeeding. But, beyond that, I support mothers who feed their children - however they do it.
So, without need for prefacing or justifying... What things did you/ do you LIKE about bottle or formula feeding? Here are mine:
It was convenient. I found it easy to make up a flask of formula at the start of the day, and keep it in the fridge.
Anyone could feed DD. DH loved being able to feed her, as did the grandparents.
The cuddles. I loved the feeding cuddles, and gazing in to her big blue eyes, without pain, worry, struggles.
It didn't involve my body. No leaking, no clothes restrictions, no discomfort.
Life felt 'normal' again. I could go to work (which I did for a while, part time), be out all day/ evening without having to think about the need to feed, play sport, etc.
DD was happy and healthy, and gained weight.
I'm sure there are more things that I've forgotten! What about you?