One mum has decided that why should there only be a national breastfeeding week? Why not have national formula week too?
Mum of two, Jennifer Schepers, has taken to Facebook to share some love for those mums that simply couldn’t breastfeed no matter how much they tried.
“I am dubbing this week National Formula Feeding Week. Last week, National Breastfeeding Week posts flooded my feed. Breastfeeding should be celebrated, discussed, and supported. Breastfeeding is a full time job. It hurts. It’s hard. Time consuming. However, there is SO much support for Breastfeeding moms. Lactation consultants, GBMC has a lactation consultant warm line, thousands of FB groups, Breastfeeding Meet Ups…you get the point.
“For formula? Zilch. Here! Take this RTF bottle! Bye! How much do they need? Is this the best formula for my baby? What is the difference between Sensitive and normal formula? Are generics the same? What if my baby is Milk Protein sensitive? So many questions, zero support.
“I tried like Hell to breastfeed Lily. Chained myself to the pump due to a poor latch, an overall dislike for the entire experience, and well, my need for control. I pumped and pumped. My child was sleeping through the night, yet here I was, pumping.
“I never believed the whole breastmilk is nectar and formula is poison rhetoric until a day at Dunkin Donuts. Lily was hungry so I took my pumped milk already in a bottle out and proceeded to feed her. A stranger came up to me and told me (thinking the bottle was Formula) “You know that’s really bad for your baby right?”
“I was shocked. Floored. Here I was, feeding her, bonding, yet this bitty had to shame me because she thought it was Formula.
“Breastfeeding quickly sent me into a downward spiral of Postpartum Anxiety. I kept it to myself because, well, shame. And I have this new baby and I should be glowing and happy and thankful. Should should should. Internally, I was a mess. Externally, keeping it together. All because society says “breast is best”, “Formula Moms are lazy”, “Breastfed babies are healthier, smarter, etc”. It crushed me. I hated that I hated it. I hated that pump.
“I switched her to Formula after a horrible bout with Mastitis. What was the point of this if I couldn’t love my baby? Myself?
“With Connor, I decided to be smart. Take it a day at a time. I knew early on that something was wrong. Reflux. After 4 formulas we landed on one that kept him healthy, fed, and the spit up to a minimum.
“Breastfeeding moms? You rock. You are strong. But us formula moms are pretty bad ass too. We are bonded to our babies. Our babies are loved. They are healthy. We are not lazy. We just know what our babies, and honestly, what WE need to thrive as mothers.
“Whether you chose formula, or due to your body, formula chose you, you are enough. You are doing amazingly. Your baby loves you.
“So, to you Formula Feeding Moms, keep it up. Feed those babies.”
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