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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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Hannah posted this 14 February 2019

I formula fed my baby because I also had to go back to work. I don't think it affects their development or health

Lily posted this 09 February 2019

Totally agree with you, societal stigma place on some things put unecessary pressure on people when making some decisions. Do what you have to do.

I breastfed 2 exclusively and formula fed 1. I saw no differences whatsoever developmentally. There's totally no guilt over one or the other!! I wish as a culture we would feel comfortable making what choices we need to make for our children without a "stigma". I totally get it though. Felt bad the whole time I used formula and once I adjusted mentally to it, it was so convenient and nice! I ended up loving it!

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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Diane posted this 07 February 2019

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)

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loren posted this 16 January 2019

I could only breastfeed for 6 or 7 months because my body stopped producing, then I had to switch to formula. My daughter is smart as ever!

Jane posted this 17 January 2019

I could only breastfeed for about 6 weeks, i just wasn't producing enough! My son is totally fine - only thing though is i've heard formula fed babies sometimes experience constipation - which my little one had

Steph posted this 28 January 2019

Fed is best The only issue I know of having happened was constipation with formula but with a formula switch it was fixed. 

Maya posted this 29 January 2019

I Bf as long as I could in my mind I wanted to do it for at least a year but had a really bad time with my supply. I EBF for 9 months and had to introduce formula. It sucked but seriously fed is best and I wish I wouldn’t have stressed so much 

Megan posted this 01 February 2019

With my first I tried breastfeeding exclusively but my supply was so low he was constantly hungry so we introduced formula and he was a happier baby. I was able to successfully BF my other 3 for close to a year and they are all smart and developed differently, which kids tend to do. No worries 😉 

Sara posted this 06 February 2019

I breastfed 2 exclusively and formula fed 1. I saw no differences whatsoever developmentally. There's totally no guilt over one or the other!! I wish as a culture we would feel comfortable making what choices we need to make for our children without a "stigma". I totally get it though. Felt bad the whole time I used formula and once I adjusted mentally to it, it was so convenient and nice! I ended up loving it!

Katrina posted this 06 February 2019

My first born was given formula in the hospital until my milk came in. Unfortunately, by that time, he didn't want to latch and I ended up pumping. But he developed really bad reflux and the only thing he could tolerate was the pre-mixed liquid soy formula. I didn't really feel bad or guilty at that time because I wasn't really committed to breastfeeding. With my second born, I totally committed to breastfeeding. Both have pros and cons as far as convenience and all...it's all about your lifestyle and what works for you and your family.

Linda posted this 06 February 2019

I tried breastfeeding but just couldn't do it so we found the best formula my baby could digest with no problems and stuck with that.

Catherine posted this 06 February 2019

I only have one child, but my sister lived with me early on with her son. Differences I have noticed is that he was sick all the time (formula-fed) but my daughter has had only one very minor cold in the same amount of time (breastfed). However, her son is ahead of his class in reading and math. My daughter isn't old enough to know, but she has awesome understanding of how things work and problem-solving skills. I understand the pumping thing though. My daughter ended up with nipple preference of the bottle because my husband decided to take what I pumped to let me sleep. Nice thing he tried to do, but she didn't want to latch anymore. I have now been pumping exclusively for 19 months. Not easy but I'm determined to reach my goal. It's definitely not for everyone and I understand some schedules just can't handle it.

rania posted this 07 February 2019

I agree. I breastfed my daughter until she was 15 months & she is exceptionally smart for a 2 yr old! 

I could only breastfeed for 6 or 7 months because my body stopped producing, then I had to switch to formula. My daughter is smart as ever!

Tabitha posted this 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. 

Tessa posted this 10 February 2019

I don't think that breastfeeding or formula fed will make too much of a difference in the outcome of your babies intelligence.  I think that there are plenty of other factors that will contribute to that.

Ashley posted this 10 February 2019

I breastfed & formula fed both my girls. For weight gaining purposes & for when I went to work & milk would be short. They didn’t get sick at all & accepted both.

Jeena posted this 10 February 2019

This is a very good topic. A lot of interesting answers. I’m following ....

Julie posted this 13 February 2019

I am trying to breastfeed as long as I can.  It is supposed to be healthier for the baby and cheaper of course

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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