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Breast Milk vs Formula

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?shley posted this 16 January 2019

I formula fed both of my children and at the time I felt incredibly guilty, but chose formula because I planned to go back to work and didn’t think I would have the ability to pump. Any moms out there who have experience with both formula and breast feeding? I.e. you formula fed one of your children but breast fed another? And if so, did you notice major differences in development and health?

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Kenneth posted this 10 September 2021

Thanks for sharing this important information, it made me realize a lot of things! 

Bonnie posted this 25 April 2019

I was really upset when I had to let go of my breast feeding dream and switched over to formula. I felt like I had totally failed my boy. But I realized that just because I didn't get to have that bonding time with him doesn't mean I didn't get it some other way! So I don't have any regrets about him being a formula baby. Plus he is exceptionally smart. 

Holly posted this 25 April 2019

My best friend and I both had our kids around the same time and she couldn't successfully breastfeed and it totally killed her because she was really looking forward to the bonding experience. So, for her mentally sanity and so her son would eat, she chose to switch over to formula (which in my opinion was the best decision). I nursed and pumped for a year. There are zero differences between our sons. Except maybe mine is a little more crazy haha Don't feel guilty because you did what you thought was best at the time. 

Sarah posted this 24 April 2019

I started breastfeeding my baby girl but then I am starting to dry up now, so I have to switch to formula. I think if you are feeding your baby and they are hitting all their mile marks, there is no worry! You are doing the best you can and there is nothing wrong with that 

Lolly posted this 23 April 2019

I am going to formula fed my baby as I plan on going back to work after 2 months.

Katy posted this 18 April 2019

I breastfeed my son but sometimes it simply doesn't work out. Although I think breast milk is the absolute best thing in the world for a baby, that doesn't mean formula will cause any negative long-term effects. 

America posted this 08 April 2019

I don't have experience yet but in my opinion fed is best hon, you do what you have to do for YOU and your baby. I don't know how it's gonna go for me if I'll make enough for twins, so formula is definitely on the table. Don't stress.

Cynthia posted this 08 April 2019

literally the benefit of breastfeeding is that it is free and that there are good things in breast milk to help boost your babies immune system. You shouldn't feel guilty for formula feeding. HE'S FED!!! I exclusively pumped for 11 months but my new pregnancy means i had to give up because i dried up. I am formula feeding my kid currently and see no difference. It is fine love.

Renee posted this 05 April 2019

I breast fed all of mine. I was more experienced with time. I sorta produced milk more with each child as well. They all developed differently and have differing levels of skill and ability.

I support you mothers and I'm on your team whether you breast feed or bottle feed!

Amanda posted this 04 March 2019

I know breastfeeding they say is more healthier but honestly I think formula is also just as good. Both my babies were formula fed and they did not get sick until after a year.

Casey posted this 03 March 2019

I genuinely believe that fed is best. I know that there are benefits to breast feeding and formula feeding but everyone has different needs as a parent. I EBF and my friend formula fed and our kids are both developing fine, to be honest I think hers is a little smarter 😂😂 I think the perfect answer is that a baby is fed and loved, regardless of how. 

Reba posted this 20 February 2019

I don't think there is anything wrong with either way you decide. Some women don't breastfeed for a reason, some don't as a personal preference. It's good for baby, yes, but the baby has to be fed regardless so if you choose to formula feed then you shouldn't feel guilty at all about that decision. You're doing a great job moms!

Ashley posted this 20 February 2019

My friend formula fed her first but not her second and both  kids incredibaly smart and healthy. 

Beverley posted this 17 February 2019

I breastfed my oldest and I’m currently breastfeeding my youngest who is 1 year old. My oldest never got sick but my youngest has gotten sick a few times. I’m not sure why one never got sick and why the other has, even though they were both breastfed. 

Madi posted this 15 February 2019

Yes!! I agree with all of this!

I hate how this is even a topic that has to be discussed (no offense to the poster).The only thing people should care about is if a mother is feeding her child. Want to breastfeed? cool! Want to formula feed? Cool! 

Lilly posted this 15 February 2019

I agree with no mother should have to feel guilty!!! 

I breastfed as long as I could.  My first I only lasted 6 months and my supply just dried up.  I tried everything, lactation teas, cookies, drinking a ton of water, pumping etc.  When I had to switch him to formula he really started to gain weight fast.  I felt so guilty.  My second baby I breastfed the whole time until he was year old and it was fabulous.  They are both different. My first is smart and caring.  My second has apraxia of speech.  I think so many people make it a huge debate on which is better.  No mother should be made to feel guilty or badly in any way for whichever way she chooses to feed her baby.  I did not notice anything in my children that would have changed my decisions.  I will add a side note that all of my kids have needed speech therapy (Its in my hubby genes)

Ally posted this 14 February 2019

I hate how this is even a topic that has to be discussed (no offense to the poster).The only thing people should care about is if a mother is feeding her child. Want to breastfeed? cool! Want to formula feed? Cool! 

Megan posted this 14 February 2019

I'm also looking to giving my baby formula food starting at the 6 months, I also wouldn't have time for even pumping

Susan posted this 14 February 2019

Well as long as it's not authentic I think it's going to lack some things, I you can I advice you to exclusively breastfeed your baby

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Lori posted this 14 February 2019

I breastfeed exclusively but I see nothing wrong with formula feedings. As long as your baby is being fed!

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