Sorry my non-baby friends…no fun videos for you this time. But I’ll do my best to make up with an awesome Friday Five tomorrow.
Let me start by telling you why I wanted to write this post: a very large majority of what I see and read these days is about why people chose to formula feed. Some of my favorite bloggers and quite a few of other blogs I follow have either chosen or switched to formula. At Peanut’s daycare, she is the only baby that is currently breastfed.
There are some very obvious choices for choosing to nurse your baby – it’s nutritional, it’s natural, it’s bonding.
But to be honest with you, I didn’t really ever see anything else as an option. To me (although I totally understand other peoples choices and decisions), formula is something that you go to when you are unable, for whatever reason, to breastfeed. For mothers that cannot provide, for one reason or another, enough food for their baby, formula is an amazing alternative. However, for me, it wasn’t an option I was going to consider unless something was going really wrong.
This actually made things easier, believe it or not, when things were painful and hard in the first month, I didn’t consider formula as an option since I was still producing enough for the baby to eat.
With that in mind, here are some other reasons that breastfeeding was the right choice for us:
- It’s free! Well, sort of. Since I am working full time and breastfeeding, we made quite an investment in all the supplies. But when you add them all up, it’s still significantly cheaper than buying formula.
- It’s easier and quicker and more efficient in the middle of the night. There is no need to warm up and make a bottle or watch the baby cry while it warms up.
- It’s also easier when we’re traveling someplace. There is no need to pack bottles, the right amount of formula, etc. I just bring…me.
- The milk my baby gets is made just for her. It’s like a custom order.
- There’s still plenty of ways for Jon to bond with the baby. He changes her, plays with her, and takes naps on the couch with her (while I supervise). On top of it, we introduced Peanut to a bottle at 2 weeks and Jon has been able to feed her at least once a day.
- It’s awesome to help you lose the baby weight. Seriously, it’s incredible.
- Whatever immunities my mature immune system is able to gather, I get to pass on to the baby.
- It’s healthy for me and the baby!
What did you choose to feed your baby?
Why was that the right choice for you and your family?