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    Quote Originally Posted by Secret of Cleo View Post
    I don't get feeding pride. When breastfeeding, it was a means to nourish a baby. When formula feeding it was a meant to nourish a child. There was no feeling of pride with that, so I don't get when people say they proudly breastfeed or proudly formula feed.
    To breastfeed this baby, I have overcome low supply, bad latch and mastitis. I was given hardly any real info in hospital, bugger all support from doctors, dodgy advice from chns. I had one good community LC and the support of women on BH that helped steer me in the right direction of what I needed to learn to make breastfeeding work for us. I now have an almost 11 month old who is still breastfed. I'm pretty proud of that. I don't see why I shouldn't be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Secret of Cleo View Post
    I don't get feeding pride. When breastfeeding, it was a means to nourish a baby. When formula feeding it was a meant to nourish a child. There was no feeling of pride with that, so I don't get when people say they proudly breastfeed or proudly formula feed.
    For me, it's that I've made milk myself, with my body, I find that in itself incredibly cool. I'm so proud of myself for being able to do it. It's hard to describe, because I've never considered not being proud of myself, like, it's not been a question - I'd have assumed there's nothing to "get".

    I've been breastfeeding nearly continually for almost 5 years, that's no small task, but sure if I hadn't breastfed them, or for that long, they'd still be beautifully healthy little people.

    But then some days I'm like "got dressed today! Wooo! Go me!!!"

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    Thanks for the responses. I just saw it as feeding a baby in much the same way that I get a meal on the table or prepare food for lunch boxes now. Some days it's a real chore, so I can see that people would feel some pride about getting through. 5 years is a long time, definitely can see that as something to be proud of.

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    I think whether you bf or ff, if you want to celebrate it, great. Bfing can mean over coming lots of hurdles. Ffing can mean making a difficult and painful decision knowing it's what's best for your child and you.

    I don't have an issue with celebrating either. It's the self righteous rubbish that annoys me. Bfing doesn't make you a better parent, nor does ffing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by delirium View Post
    . Bfing doesn't make you a better parent, nor does ffing.
    Hit the nail on the head there. I know for a fact that many people think otherwise though which is likely where some of the nastiness stems from. In my view, you can't be a good parent unless you're a nice person. And a nice person wouldn't say (or think) nasty things.

    I think it's fine to celebrate it, and I do think tons of women overcome many hurdles however they feed their child which is worth a metaphorical high five now and again

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    What I don't understand is why is it assumed that FF is a difficult decision or an opinion along those lines? I chose FF because I didn't want to BF and there was no guilt nor difficulty with my decision. Didn't anyone else feel that way or am I the only one? Granted I never got milk but if I had, I still would have chosen FF.

    Anyways, sorry ... a bit off topic

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    Quote Originally Posted by FirstTimeMummy2012 View Post
    What I don't understand is why is it assumed that FF is a difficult decision or an opinion along those lines? I chose FF because I didn't want to BF and there was no guilt nor difficulty with my decision. Didn't anyone else feel that way or am I the only one? Granted I never got milk but if I had, I still would have chosen FF.

    Anyways, sorry ... a bit off topic
    For many people, formula is not their first choice but something they go to if breast feeding is not working out. In this case, there can be lots of guilt. I still carry guilt from ff my first when bf didn't work as I knew that bf is generally the optimum way to feed a baby, even though I was unable to do it.

    If you ff from birth your milk won't come in fully usually as its the baby drinking the colostrum that stimulates milk supply.

    It's great you are happy and comfortable in your choices- but we are all different

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    Quote Originally Posted by FirstTimeMummy2012 View Post
    What I don't understand is why is it assumed that FF is a difficult decision or an opinion along those lines? I chose FF because I didn't want to BF and there was no guilt nor difficulty with my decision. Didn't anyone else feel that way or am I the only one? Granted I never got milk but if I had, I still would have chosen FF.

    Anyways, sorry ... a bit off topic
    I felt guilt. I wanted to bf but it didn't happen first time. VAST majority (96%) of mums want to breastfeedz
    I guess that's why a lot of people feel upset when it doesn't work out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FirstTimeMummy2012 View Post
    What I don't understand is why is it assumed that FF is a difficult decision or an opinion along those lines? I chose FF because I didn't want to BF and there was no guilt nor difficulty with my decision. Didn't anyone else feel that way or am I the only one? Granted I never got milk but if I had, I still would have chosen FF.

    Anyways, sorry ... a bit off topic
    It was an easy decision for me too, but if you read through past threads about ff, there's many stories from women who couldn't breast feed, felt bad because they wanted to and there's always posts with comments like 'You just didn't try hard enough' 'I want what's best for my baby so formula isn't an option' 'formula feeding mothers are just lazy'.

    For a mother who already feels bad about not breast feeding, having others imply that she's failed as a mother must be terrible.


 

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