Breastfeeding vs Formula Feeding
**Follow Up Post – How Me and Baby Are Doing Five Months into Only Formula Feeding**
I want to start by saying thank you so much to all of you that read my post, Breastfeeding vs Formula Feeding – Why I’m Choosing to Formula Feed My Second Baby. Especially thanks to all of you who left comments and shared your own stories and experiences. It means a lot to me and I have felt nothing but support from all of you!
I wrote that post before my baby was born and since then, I’ve received several questions about how my experience went in the hospital and how it’s going with formula feeding my baby so far.
So here is an update on what my experience has been in these first five months!
I had heard some intense stories about how much the nurses and doctors at the hospital try to push you into breastfeeding. This was a big concern for me and I was nervous about what I would run into. I had been open with my OBGYN about my decision early on and she was on board with it. However, when you are staying in the hospital, there are lots of other nurses and doctors you deal with that may have their own opinion about the whole formula feeding thing.
Thankfully, I can say that I didn’t come across anyone that pushy. When I was checking in for my C-section, one of the nurses talked to me about breastfeeding the baby and wanted to know if I had any questions. I kindly let her know I would only be formula feeding and she was amazing. She fully supported my choice and gave me some good advice. She told me that when anyone asked me about breastfeeding to just sound firm in my decision when I answered them. She told me that if I sounded at all wishy-washy or even possibly open to trying to breastfeed again, then the nurses would push really hard at that point. She explained that they are trained to do that (at least at the hospital I was delivering at anyway).
So overall, my hospital stay went well. Most of the nurses were understanding and didn’t question my decision at all. A few of them did try to push for more information but I would just tell them I had a bad experience previously and left it at that.
At home, it has been a much better experience compared to when I breastfed my first daughter. As of today, I do not regret my decision at all and here are the two main reasons why:
1.) BABY IS HEALTHY
At just under five months, my baby is doing great! She hasn’t been sick. She is strong and active and alert. She is also a very healthy weight (in the 50% percentile). I think a big concern for some moms regarding only formula feeding is that their babies miss out on the antibodies that is produced in our breastmilk and worry their babies might get sick more easily. I know that was definitely on my mind when choosing to go the formula only route. However, my daughter is doing awesome and is a very healthy, happy baby.
2.) MOM IS HAPPY
I’m able to get more rest this time around because now my husband can help with the feedings. It works out great for us to take turns at night. We each get at least one longer stretch of sleep. This is huge for me because I am horrible when I’m tired! I am someone who desperately needs good sleep otherwise I feel completely off. On top of that, I feel like my husband is bonding more quickly with our second daughter and I’m wondering if maybe him being able to feed her from early on has something to do with it.
I also don’t have to worry about every little thing I put in my body. I was able to take my pain medicine without worry of how it would affect the baby and I can eat how I want.
All of these things add up to me being happier and less stressed this time around. Don’t get me wrong, things are FAR from perfect but at least in regards to feeding, I have no regrets and things are going very smoothly.
The only downfall I can see is the cost. Formula is expensive and when you breastfeed, it’s one less expense you have to worry about. To me though, the positives far outweigh the negatives. All I was worried about was making sure my baby was still strong and healthy and so far she is. My happiness is just an added bonus. 😊