Again, this post was inspired by a post I read only this morning by the marvellous duo, Pols and ADadCalledSpen over at HeSaidSheSaid and for the first time, after bottle feeding both of my girls, I felt proud!
can I begin by stating that views are my own opinion and that I am a keen supporter of mothers who choose to breast feed as well as those who choose to formula feed – make your own, informed decision that benefits both you and your baby.
Every breast feeding parent I’ve spoken to seems to be proud of their decision to do so; often us bottle/formula feeders are left on the edge…we are the oh deaaarrrr bunch of parents, we are the adequate, but by no means elite bunch who dared to walk into a supermarket and buy a whole box of formula, which we can so easily scoop and shake at ungodly hours of the night, with little or no effort, commitment or personal strength, right? We do it to make our babies sleep through – because we are ignorant and badly informed – lazy and careless? No…none of these are true, but we’ve all heard this or seen it…often not responding.
So, here’s where my pride came along – this blog started back in January, when Emelie was just a month old. I’d struggled to feed her in hospital, no, not breast feeding…formula, and we were almost refused our discharge paperwork as a result. At 4 days old, my little girl began to cluster feed, a similar thing to what I’ve heard many breast feeding mothers discuss, only this time, I knew how much she was drinking and knew hunger wasn’t the cause.
I battled with my GP when he decided she had colic. I battled with 2 more and a paediatrician in A&E when they suggested the same and in August 2013, I was told that Emelie has multiple intolerances that I, through my persistence and research, had cured.
I can now feel proud of how I fed my daughter, recording symptoms, joining support groups and finding inner strength to battle on, just as mothers who have issues with breast feeding often do.
Moral of my post? Be proud of the decision you make, don’t get hung up on the hype of anything and focus on you and your baby.