What are the advantages of formula feeding?

This is not a bashing question. I'm considering becoming a lactation consultant.


Asked by Anonymous at 11:09 AM on Dec. 31, 2008 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • I just had no interest in breast feeding. I always knew I would formula feed and was happy with my decision.


    Answer by Southerncharmes at 11:11 AM on Dec. 31, 2008

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  • painful even when he was latched on properly.. and so i was just pumping.. that was toooo much work pumping for a half hour.. then washing the pump and then having to warm his bottle and feed him.. this was an hour process.. he ate every three hours.. just way to much work.. too painful when i didn't pump on time.. it was just easier and more convenient and made my life a million times easier

    Answer by krazyash023 at 11:12 AM on Dec. 31, 2008

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  • Besides the fact that I had no real supply to speak of?
    It was the only alternative I knew of.

    Answer by BonesDragonDew at 11:14 AM on Dec. 31, 2008

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  • It was just the physical part. I honestly felt like my son would end up being "sick' alot, however, he is 9 months and hasn't been sick at all, so i do not have any regrets about it.

    Answer by sydsmom2 at 11:14 AM on Dec. 31, 2008

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  • I formula fed both of my daughters. I tried breast feeding with my oldest, but she wouldn't take it and I got frustrated and gave up.

    They were both healthy babies and have grown into very healthy young girls.

    Answer by mwebb at 11:16 AM on Dec. 31, 2008

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  • I never had the desire to breastfeed, and I even felt guilty about that, but it just didn't feel right to me, so I knew from the beginning I would never breastfeed. I am just as close to my children as my friends are that breastfed and my children are happy and healthy, so I have no regrets. And hearing the difficult things people have had to go through to breastfeed, I am glad my husband and I were able to equally share the feeding job with my children.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:18 AM on Dec. 31, 2008

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  • I BF but came very close to giving up. I honestly think one mistake that LC make is telling everyone that it's natural and baby will know what to do. My baby couldn't latch and I ended up feeling like I was doing something wrong because I was brainwashed that it was something all babies do naturally. Someone showed me a 2 minute (literally 2 minutes) UTUBE video on how to get a baby to latch. That left me feeling hopeless since I'd been trying for a week and my baby showed no interest at all. So many moms who BF had an easy start and just don't understand that some moms want to more than anything, but it doesn't come naturally to every baby.



    Answer by MAUREEN55 at 11:24 AM on Dec. 31, 2008

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  • The only reason I was able to BF is becuase I stopped listening to the LLL and everyone else who thought they were experts on breastfeeding. When I relied on my own insticts and came to the conclusion that my baby needed to eat and if it came from a bottle so be it, he magically latched.

    Answer by MAUREEN55 at 11:24 AM on Dec. 31, 2008

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  • Honestly, the reason I chose to bottle feed was that I wanted my body back after the pregnancy. I may get blasted for saying this, but I really did not have the desire to breastfeed and have never regretted my decision.

    Both of my children have never had more than an ear infection or two their whole lives and both are in the talented and gifted programs at school.

    I know that breastfeeding is natural and all the other things that they tout, but I just had no desire to breastfeed. Even now, if I were to ever have another baby (had a tubal, so not realistically an option) I would choose bottlefeeding in a heartbeat!

    Answer by mykidsmom75067 at 11:36 AM on Dec. 31, 2008

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  • I've tried it and tried it, and I've ended up pissed off and crying and hurt every single time. I'm dealing with engorgement right now, and I know how easy it would be to just try and feed my daughter, I can't deal with the latching problems and her dissatisfaction at my supply. With formula, I know that she'll eat until she's full every single time. I'm really trying to avoid PPD, and I think with formula I stand a better chance at it. I think breastfeeding should be a positive thing, not something to dread. If I'm going to dread it, I don't want to do it.

    Answer by caitxrawks at 11:42 AM on Dec. 31, 2008

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