I know I'm coming late to this discussion so probably not contributing anything new lol. I was unable to bf DD despite being super super desperate to do so and being of the "I will never ever use formula" camp. However when it came down to it, there was no way I could give DD donated bm, for both logistical and emotional reasons. I suspect that a lot (not all) of those who have never faced the decision might actually choose differently than they think.
I think anything can carry a small risk, I also think very few people actually make formula up correctly, running the risk of bacterial contamination etc
I already 'resorted' to formula
I don't mind using cows milk derivatives either, its no worse than what I have on my cereal every morning. I don't really like the whole milk from another mammal saying, it seems somehow disrespectful to the cows (and underplaying the role they serve in our society, we wouldn't be where we are now if not for cows/farming). It just rubs me the wrong way I guess because we use it everyday that it just seems an odd thing to say (I'm obviously aware that some people don't use it, but a huge percentage of people do use it everyday, so I'm generalizing ).
Anyhow that's my random tangent for the day
All that said I will be trying breast feeding my second, if it doesn't work out I will use formula again with no guilt, it worked well for my DD. If donor milk was properly screened and readily available I would use that, as it stands now I wouldn't unless I knew the donor very well.
Massive formula recall..not looking so ridiculous now. Or at all a doozie.
And for what it's worth, it's the formula companies that I don't support, not the families that choose to feed their families formula. It happens time and time again, that this product is proven to be unsafe and is recalled. And that is what worries me, not that people choose it, but that companies do not provide it safely.
We had issues so I expressed until dd was 6 months, then started formula as my supply took a dive. I would've sourced donor milk to make ends meet if I couldn't prior to 6 months as I really wanted to EBF until then
Pregnant for the first-time?
Not sure where to start? We can help!
Our Insider Programs for pregnancy first-timers will lead you step-by-step through the 14 Pregnancy Must Dos!