09 February 2019
In 2015 my friends had 12 babies all in the same 6 month period. Some are EBF, some exclusively formula feed, and some combo fed. Each one chose a path for different reasons. All the kids are between 3 and 3.5 and ALL of them are equally smart. They developed a little different, but at this point play well together, communicate the same, and are all super healthy. I think the things that each excel in are biased on what they were exposed to in their home environments.
Chose what makes sense for you and your baby. Whatever you do DON'T beat yourself up, or give in the external criticisms. A couple of my friend's went through depression because they kept trying to do everything to produce milk and couldn't. They look back now, and say that if they would have just accepted it, that it would have been a happier time with their baby.