Hi All - I'm not pregnant yet, nor do I have any little ones, but I do plan on TTC around the end of next year (long time off, I know), but there is something that worries me a little.
I plan to formula feed from the start. I know I might change my mind when the time comes, but for now, this is what I've decided. I also want to go private for the pregnancy and birth.
What I'd like to know is, for the people who decided to formula feed from the beginning,when you had your baby, were the staff at the hospital understanding about your choice or did they try to force you to breastfeed? I've heard some pretty scary stories, including one where a midwife threatened to call CPS because a new mother preferred to formula feed!! (can't remember if it was due to problems or just because). I'm actually quite scared because of this.
My reason for not wanting to breastfeed is because I just don't feel like it's the right thing for me. And I would like to have one thing left for me because I feel it would make me a better mother. I have a really strong sense of personal space and the thought of having a child on the boob makes me really uncomfortable (I feel okay with the rest of the responsibilities). I know how incredibly selfish that sounds and I do feel bad even typing it. Maybe I'll change my mind, I don't know.
I guess I'm just worried about the whole thing. And I feel guilty. Yep, when I promised myself I never would I do. And the darn baby isn't even in my uterus yet.