If you are a mom, or a soon-to-be mom, no doubt you have discussed whether or not you are going to breastfeed or formula feed. Why this is always a question people ask, I will never know. It is a personal decision. It can be a tough decision to make for some as well. Can you do both? The answer is yes you can both breastfeed and formula feed! Learn more about the pros and cons of breastfeeding and formula feeding at the same time.
Pros and Cons of Breastfeeding and Formula Feeding at the Same Time
Breastfeeding is not always an easy task for everyone. I breastfed my daughter for a total of 2 weeks. I wanted to do it for longer, but it just was not working out for us. At the time I was unaware that I didn’t have to exclusively breastfeed, that I could supplement with formula.
During the time that I was breastfeeding, I was the only one who could feed her. I pumped a little but not much. While that was great and I felt a special bond, I also felt like I was either pumping (to try and help my supply), feeding, pumping or feeding. I had just carried her for 9 months and she was still literally attached to me. I also felt like I was not producing enough and we had latch issues. It was a lot of work! After much thought and many tears, I decided that it was ok to switch to formula.
I instantly felt relief! I’m not sure you will hear many moms say this, but I actually felt more bonded than while breastfeeding. Switching to formula allowed me a bit of a break and allowed others to experience that closeness that happens when you feed a baby. Had I been aware, I probably would have breastfed at night and formula fed during the day.
If you and your baby can work it out and make it happen, breastfeeding can be a great experience. If you decide you want to supplement with formula, do not feel that you are depriving your baby of anything. You can still breastfeed while at home, or at night, whenever you choose really. It just means that you also have the ease (in my personal opinion) of letting someone else have the chance to bond and feed her.
Breastmilk is of course the best and most natural thing for your baby, and no matter how hard they try, formula companies will never be able to replicate that. It is also not for everyone, so if you are feeling like you want to still do it and give your baby the best thing, and bonding time, but do not want to do it all the time, supplement with formula.
Do you have any thoughts on the pros and cons of breastfeeding and formula feeding at the same time? Share your stories with us. Breastfeeding can be a touchy subject, it helps to hear from other moms who have and are going through similar situations.