We all know that breast is best, but I am so sick of the judgement! Women either can not, or choose not to breastfeed for many reasons. It doesn't make you a bad mom. You can still love and nurture your child, and they may even grow up to be wonderful human beings without being breastfed for their first 3 years! Shocking, I know...
The pressure to be a certain type of mom is so overwheliming. It's not healthy for parenting to be so competitive. It can replace the simple joy of caring for you child with stress and guilt over silly things like feeding your baby a jar of baby food once in awhile. Stop reading books and let your love, instincts, and advice from other moms you know be your guide! I find it hard to believe that one 'expert' has a one size fits all strategy for child rearing. From experience, each child is different, what works well with one, may not work as well with another. It doesn't hurt to educate yourself about various theories and ideas, but take it with a grain of salt and use your own common sense and instincts.
I am a mother to 3 wonderful girls, 11, 3 and 10 weeks. My first took both the breast and bottle from day 1 until 9 months. My second was EBF and nursed until 22 months. At one point her weight was in the 0.03%, yes, .03 percentile. She just wouldn't take a bottle and it caused me tremendous amounts of stress. Now, my third is EBF, but I wish I could get her to take an occassional bottle in case we need to supplement. I just don't buy that an occassional bottle of formula will impact the type of person your child will become.
Obviously breast milk is the ideal food for babies, but many formula fed babies are completely healthy individuals. I agree that if you can nurse, you should, but people need to stop making women feel like bad mothers over it.
Ok, enough ranting.