I've just had my first baby and was really looking forward to and planning to breast feed.
Unfortunately it just wasn't meant to be and he's now on formula and doing really well. (Gained 80g in two days when we switched him).
I was really surprised by the social pressure I felt about breast feeding though. I had one midwife in the hospital tell me at 2am when I was in tears that if I didn't breast feed my baby wouldn't be well enough to come home.
I just want to say to anyone who has been treated this way that this is so not okay! I had a really tricky birth, they told me my baby was sick and put him on antibiotics for days but then found out they were wrong and there was nothing wrong with him, I was tired and so on and so on.
I specifically requested a bottle in the hospital and they refused to give it to him which stressed him and me out. I now look at the photos of him in hospital (we were there for almost a week) and I can see how hungry he was in each photo. Sad to think that considering how much he loves his bottle now!
It took me a while to get over not being able to breast feed. I cried a lot about it and beat myself up but the truth is he's happy and healthy and I think you should do what's right for you and your baby without feeling bad.
I honestly think the most important thing is that he's healthy and getting what he needs.
Okay, rave over. Hope no one takes offence. Just trying to encourage people to do what works for them!