21 January 2020
- Last edited 21 January 2020
I didn't breastfeed. I was 18 when I had my first child and I was scared to have to be his source of food. I was in school and working within 2 weeks of giving birth. I was too poor to afford a machine or cooler to do it properly. He grew up healthy and strong despite not being breastfed. He also had the highest reading score his school had ever seen. He was reading a college-level by 6th grade.
I didn't breastfeed my second or third child either, this time, because I had a c-sections and was heavily medicated for weeks after her birth trying to heal. I didn't feel right about taking pain medication and breastfeeding. I choose the bottle... also dad was able to get up in the middle of the night with the bottle.
I will likely breastfeed this final baby. Only because I work from home, and can afford the equipment I need this time. I'm also planning on all-natural water birth and will not be medicated.
My sister exclusively breastfed her son, she never introduced a bottle. The boob on tap was the only source, it was very difficult to babysit while she was out. Our last baby will be breastfed but also be introduced to the bottle so someone can feed the baby while I'm away.
Do whatever you want for your own reasons. Your baby will be happy and healthy no matter your choice. Don't let people make you feel bad for it either. That is the great thing about parenting... we all manage to figure it out.