- 7 years ago
I had asked a lot of questions on the board about formula feeding so I wanted to give an update about how it’s going. (My baby, Lauren, is 6 weeks old today.)
I was really worried that my doctor or the nurses at the hospital would express disapproval of my decision not to breast feed. (I’m not going to go into the reasons for my decision – suffice to say that it was a well informed and very personal decision. I have huge respect for those of you who are breastfeeding, but it was not the right decision for me.) Luckily my doctor had nothing negative at all to say, and the nurses really couldn’t have been nicer or more supportive. We began feeding Lauren formula right away after birth and she took to it immediately. One nice thing is that when you’re bottle feeding you can see exactly how much baby is eating. Lauren was a great eater and was actually above her birth weight when we left the hospital two days later (which I think is somewhat rare). The period of engorgement about a week after birth was not fun, but it only lasted about three days, and it was never intolerable for me. Uncomfortable, but not really painful.
Since then I have been really pleased with bottle feeding. She sleeps for longer stretches during the day and at night because the formula takes longer for her to digest. Also, it is nice for other people to be able to feed Lauren occasionally. My husband takes feedings — including sometimes in the middle of the night. He loves being able to bond with her in that way, and it’s nice to be able to share this huge responsibility instead of shouldering it alone. And during the first few weeks after birth when my hormones were going nuts, it was nice to be able to sleep through the night once or twice a week! There is also just a nice degree of freedom. I can have a night out to myself once in a blue moon (so far it’s only happened once – ha) and not worry about pumping or leaking or engorgement.
I’m definitely missing out on that special breastfeeding bonding, but I try to emulate breastfeeding by often feeding her with my shirt pulled down so she has lots of skin-to-skin contact, and (of course) making tons of eye contact. 🙂
And so far Lauren is thriving! She is perfectly healthy, very alert, and she is perfectly on track in terms of weight gain!
If anyone has any questions about my experience, I’m happy to share! Again, I really admire those of you who are breastfeeding, but formula feeding was definitely the right choice for me and my family.