I just want to say its my choice
I choose not to breast feed. I didn't breast feed with my first son, and I am not breast feeding this one. Its not that I tried and it didn't work, its just I don't want to. I have no desire to breast feed.
I like formula feeding. It makes my life easier. It makes me feel like I have a little control over something. I like being able to see how much they eat. I like being able to leave them with dad or grandma and not worrying about rushing back to feed them. I like being able to have a drink and not worry about it. I like not having to pump.
My husband likes being able to feed them. To get to bond with them. And I like that he can get up in the middle of the night with them and I get a chance to sleep.
I am crazy and have a notebook where I write down each time they eat, how much and if they pooped. I keep this log for the first year.(Yes you read that right, the whole 1st year! Every single thing they eat.)
Its one more than I don't have to try to remember. I can just pull out the book and see when they ate last. Or show the Dr when they as how much / often.
|Jensen's food log, only 2 days per page|
|Jakah's food log, 6 days per page|
Looking back at my first son's log, I see that he ate much more, and less often. This time around, I seem to have a snacker. He eats often, and a little. I think if I was breast feeding I would go insane. How would I get ANYTHING done with a toddler around and being tied down every hour?
But sometimes I get these looks from people. Like I am doing something wrong. Like I am a bad mom for not breast feeding.
My husband's brother told my mother-in-law that my kids wouldn't be as smart as his because I didn't breast feed. At which point she looked at him and said "well I guess your brother is smarter than you because you were formula fed and he was breast fed." That shut him up real quick.
But why would someone's brother say that? (although that's another subject and maybe one of the thousand of reason's he doesn't talk to his brother)
How many people think that way? Why do people make me feel bad about formula feeding?
My son is equally as smart. He is rarely sick. And a perfectly normal toddler, in the 80 -90 percentiles.
There really is no right or wrong way to feed your child. And I won't judge how you do it. But please don't judge me for my decision. As long as all children are fed, happy, and healthy then it shouldn't matter how you feed your child.
Because in the end, its your own choice. (and mine)
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