Breastfeeding Vs. Formula

Breastfeeding vs formula seems to be a very popular topic in this new generation and I felt that as a mother of two I should give my honest opinion on it.  I will touch up on how I feel about it and my personal journeys with both.  Truthfully, I feel like women now a days are very pressured by society to breastfeed.  Mothers with newborns are already under so much pressure as it is, especially newly mothers with their first child.  The last thing a new mother needs to worry about is what people may think of her about which route she takes to nurture and feed her newborn.  Unfortunately, us women are very hard on ourselves at times and we let what others may think influence our choices.  

Mothers, please... do what is best for YOU and your current situation.  Breastfeeding can be very difficult at times and it does not go the same for every woman.  Do not be discouraged if your breastfeeding goals do not go as planned.  The effort is all that matters, although breastfeeding can be very fulfilling it can also be very stressful.  For some woman breastfeeding may be a piece of cake, and that is amazing.  For others, it may not result the same... and that's OKAY!  Also don't forget, you can do BOTH... that is also another option.

My first child I was only able to breastfeed for about 3 weeks, and let me tell you... i definitely TRIED.  I was much younger, life was a little harder and my stress level was higher.  I wasn't able to produce as much milk as I needed to feed my newborn.  I tried different things and nothing seemed to work.  I found myself breastfeeding all day long because he was never getting enough to fully fill him up.  After 3 weeks I had to go back to work from my maternity leave and I decided to give formula a try,  at that time that was probably one of the best choices I had made yet.  I felt so relieved,  and my baby was finally getting what he needed.  The nights got easier and the days were less stressful.  

Four years later,  I got pregnant with my second child.  I was at a different place in my life and had a little bit more knowledge on this whole mom thing, so I decided to give breastfeeding a try once again.  Long story short, I successfully breastfed for 6 months straight.  This time around I was able to lactate much more and breast pumping was not an issue at all. 

Ultimately, what my advice to all you other mothers out there is try do what is best for you and your baby.  We all have these goals planned out years ahead, but if something doesn't go as planned it is okay.  Don't beat yourself up over it or because of what society may think.  If you can successfully breastfeed that is awesome , and if you choose to use formula that is also great.  As long as baby gets fed that is all that matters.  Hopefully this helps some new mamas out there!