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I’m in a bit of a unique position to discuss feeding babies, as I formula fed my first baby and breastfed my second.
I intended to breastfeed both, but it didn’t work out – and through lack of support in Dubai after my first went on strike at day five, I switched to formula.
With my second, however, I made sure there was a support network around me from the beginning and I managed to feed him until he was nearly 6 months old.
I understand the benefits of breast milk. I did my research and I attended breastfeeding classes. I know that it boosts immunity and adapts to fully nourish the child as they grow. That’s why I wanted to do it – and that’s why I am proud I got colostrum into both children and was able to feed Wilfred for so long. It’s also why I have some frozen in cubes in the freezer to clear up eye, skin, or ear infections. Breast milk really is the stuff of magic.
But I also understand the importance of a mother being happy, healthy, and confident that her child isn’t hungry. I have seen other mothers cry into their decaf-coffees as they tell me how much they are dreading the next feed as they are in pain. I have had friends tell me that they are ready to stop but are worried how their family will judge them. I have had others tell me that they have stayed up another hour after their baby goes to sleep in the middle of the night to express to boost milk supply, making themselves even more tired when the morning rolls around. And I know why they do it too – as I have been that mad lady sat on the sofa at 4am attached to a breast pump while I flick through my Facebook feed on my phone, worrying that the whir of the motor will wake up the baby for round two.
I get it. I totally get it. I’ve been there.
The first time round, I was the mother that sobbed as she fed her five-day-old baby his first bottle of formula, utterly convinced I was a failure, but relieved that he had stopped crying and was getting something to eat. After that I’d got over the initial guilt and sadness, life became easier. I had a really easy baby, who knew when his food was coming. And I knew that he was getting enough milk – and yes, he still cried, but it was such a relief to be able to cross out ‘hungry’ from the imaginary tick list in my head.
So I have been in both camps – and here is the revelation.
My bottle fed baby is happy, healthy and clever.
My breastfed baby is happy, healthy and clever.
At the age of 18 months, neither one played piano concertos, painted pictures like Picasso, or recited the Greek alphabet backwards. Disappointingly, admittedly.
Neither one grew horns, turned a luminous colour, or started speaking in tongues. Not so disappointingly.
They both look the same. They both met milestones at the same time. They both seem equally happy. And, thankfully they both rarely get ill.
So having said all this, I have come to a conclusion.
Breast or bottle?
Whatever works for baby and you.
Because nobody else matters.
Really. Nobody, but you.