5 Reasons NOT to Breastfeed
As I’m reading (and listening to some friends) about the mental anguish they are going through because they can’t breastfeed I’ve decided to come up with a list to highlight the not-so-glamorous parts of breastfeeding, in a humorous light, to demonstrate some of the upsides of formula feeding your baby! Okay, so this may be a bit unconventional, but I hate that so many moms are beating themselves up over not being able to breastfeed. Here’s the list:
1- You don’t have painful, chapped, blistering, bleeding nipples- the first couple weeks of learning how to breastfeed can be painful!
2- Your husband, boyfriend, partner, parent, etc can take night shifts to feed the baby formula from a bottle and YOU can get a few extra hours of sleep- breastfeeding moms can also accomplish this by pumping a bottle, but those moms who are formula feeding don’t have to worry about this added task.
3- If you want to go out to lunch, run an errand, get your nails done, etc. you can without a second thought of bringing extra nursing pads or with the worry that you will become engorged! (This is especially true when a mom is starting to breastfeed)
4- You can eat and drink anything you want because the baby won’t be taking it in! No need to by the breast milk alcohol testing kit!
5- No need to worry about exposing yourself to the world as you fumble putting the baby under a Hooter Hider (or other cover) in a restaurant or other public area because it’s been two hours and it’s time to feed the baby again. (Some moms are more worried about this then others, but it’s still something some breastfeeding moms struggle with.)
Like I told my friend, no one is going to be talking to their friends in high school and saying, “wow, you’re dumb- you must have been fed baby formula as a baby!” Although there are proven health benefits & costs savings to breastfeeding your baby, this is truly a blip on the radar screen in the bigger picture of your child’s life!
Do you have other reasons NOT to breastfeed? Please leave a comment below. Oh, and for the record, I breastfed my daughter until she was 10 months old. I, often times, felt very trapped by it because she was almost always attached to me.
Here is another article to reference regarding feeding your baby formula Baby Formula is NOT Rat Poison.