I think many of them have developed as a result of the big push to get mothers to breastfeed.
While I 100% am in support of mothers breastfeeding, I am also 100% for allowing moms to make informed decisions.
That can be difficult when dealing with such an emotive subject. If you haven’t already noticed, there are some very strong opinions on how you should feed your baby.
It seems that in this area of parenting, many believe that it is okay to share their opinion on how you choose to parent your child.
Unfortunately, that can cause a lot of conflict and hurt.
This post is about shedding some light on the truths of bottle feeding.
I have breastfed and I have bottle fed so I feel as though I can give some insight into both methods.
You can read about my experiences HERE.
If you are a bottle-feeding mom or are considering it, here are some things that you really need to know about.
#1 Bottle Feeding isn’t Harder than Breastfeeding
I see this said all the time. “I don’t understand why moms choose to bottle feed. Breastfeeding is so much easier!”.
And then they go on to list things like:
- Not having to clean bottle
- Not having to warm up milk
- Having milk ready on demand
And in theory, yes that does make breastfeeding sound easier than bottle feeding, but here’s the thing…
The vast majority of women who choose to feed their baby using a bottle do so because breastfeeding was overwhelmingly difficult for them.
Of course, there are some that choose to bottle feed just because that’s their choice, and you know what? That’s okay too.
However, back to my point.
Breastfeeding is only easier if you’re not having major challenges with it.
For many women, being able to feed their baby with a bottle is 100 times easier than all the breastfeeding battles they faced.
It isn’t without challenges
In saying that bottle feeding can be easier than breastfeeding, that doesn’t mean it isn’t without challenges.
There are many issues that may come up as you bottle feed your baby. However, it isn’t a given that they will.
Take each day as it comes and don’t worry about tomorrow.
#2 Bottle Feeding Won’t Harm Your Baby
There is so much scaremongering out there about how detrimental baby formula is.
If that is the case, then I would challenge you to look at my three children and tell me which of them was bottle fed and which was breastfed.
There are far too many other contributing factors that could potentially affect their mental and physical health to put it all on whether they were breastfed or bottle fed.
You know what is harmful to a baby? Having a mother that isn’t mentally well.
Sometimes breastfeeding challenges can be so overwhelming that it can be hugely detrimental to the mental health of the mom.
Personally, I would far rather be healthy and happy for my baby while giving them formula, then sacrificing every part of me just so they can have breastmilk.
Breast is best…scientifically.
It is not best for every single circumstance and situation.
We need to stop focusing on one aspect of raising a baby and instead start seeing a wholistic picture.
#3 Finding the Right Bottles Can Be Challenging
Not every bottle is going to work for every baby.
Support one another, offer information when it is asked for, and above all be kind.
Christine is a former registered nurse, turned stay-at-home mom, turned work-at-home mom!Motherhood has always been her passion and blogging has only added to that and given her a creative outlet to share about the things she loves. She has a heart for mothers that feel as though they are just existing from day to day and are longing for more. Read more at https://www.christinekeys.net
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