I’ve written a few posts about breastfeeding. I feel that breastfeeding is wonderful and yes, has amazing benefits for mom and baby. I want to support all moms who want to and are trying to breastfeed, especially my fellow twin moms. But there are a lot of factors that go into feeding babies. There are a lot of reasons why breastfeeding just doesn’t work out. While I love the support for nursing sometimes I wonder if the pressure to do so has gotten to be too much. Is formula really the end of the world? Do moms need to feel guilt for the simple act of feeding their babies?
The thing is, I don’t often mention that my girls supplemented with formula when they were born. I don’t know if it is because I feel embarrassed, or guilty, or somehow less of a mom because I gave my girls formula. Chances are it is all three. And that isn’t right. I am not less of a mom because I fed my children a nutritionally sound and appropriate food. When I found out about the Fed Is Best organization I knew I wanted to share my story of how supplementing with formula doesn’t have to mean the end of the world. It doesn’t even have to mean the end of breastfeeding. Feeding your babies breast milk or formula shouldn’t be the benchmark for how good of a mom you are. It should just be about providing proper nutrition. I am glad I made sure my girls’ needs were met.
(This post originally appeared on the Fed Is Best blog in April, 2017.)