Formula or breast? Fed is best

So I am three babies down and these days I am well versed in being asked about how I feed, formula or breast? From your booking in appointment with the midwife to random people in shops or cafes everyone wants to know how you feed your baby. I think everyone is aware of the benefits of breastfeeding so I am not going into that.

Formula or breast? Fed is best, breastfeeding newborn

I always assumed I would breastfeed my children,  it never really crossed my mind to think anything else. Roll on Seb being born and not latching on, my limited knowledge(I had read about breastfeeding but it certainly didn't mention how hard it can be) and the pretty awful support available in hospital and from midwives at home saw me with cracked bleeding nipples and I put him onto formula. Now he is 5 and has a pretty obvious tongue tie, something nobody ever mentioned and I had never even heard of it back then.
Alex was a different story,  he latched but lost a big % of body weight, we were under threat of being readmitted to hospital when he was 10 days old. Having already spent 5 days in there sobbing because I was missing my 1 year old at home who I had never really left before and I once again turned to formula.

Do you see what I did there? I explained why my two big boys were formula fed. Why do we do that?  Loads of mums who turn to formula feel they need to explain why they did it, myself included. I guess I felt guilty and like I had to explain or justify myself.

Formula or breast? Fed is best, tommee tippee bottle

So onto baby nunber three. Barney has formula, it was my choice and I am confident in that choice, I no longer feel the guilt or like i need to explain why i'my notf, why should I? He is fed, he is healthy, he is happy, so am I, so are my other children and that is my main priority. I guess the confidence comes from me making the choice instead of feeling like I had no other option.

No matter if you breastfeed, formula feed, express or combination feed, you are doing an amazing job. When it comes down to it,  formula or breast? Fed is best. Let's support all mums.

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