Wow am I thankful to have found this group and to see that there are others like me. I have already been told that I am a bad mother for not breastfeeding. I am 19 years old and have to work and will be returning to school soon, breastfeeding was not something that I thought would be a good situation for my daughter. And all the research that I have heard or read on breastfeeding pros I just don't buy...here we go
1.) Bonding- I have bonded with my daughter perfectly well, the baby will natually bond during feeding no matter if it is breast milk or formula, and this way I am not the only person that gets to take part in this wonderful bonding experience
2.) Smarter babies?- Really? What ever happened to hard work and dedication? I'm not buying it at all.
3.) Health- I was a pre-mature baby, I was not breastfed and I am perfectly healthy today. My daughter is growing at a better and healthier weight than people I know who have breastfed.
Anyways the only thing I want to say is why is it that I am considered a bad mother for not breastfeeding? I would never do anything to hurt my daughter, she is my world just like any other mother. I would never judge another mom for the personal choices she has made. And my heart goes out to all of you that have chosen to not breastfeed or whom can not breastfeed due to other complications...We are all still good moms and I'm thankful that we have each other to talk to about our difficulties.