I have seen on many forums the debate of why breastfeeding is the best choice. Well, this is not a debate; this is what I chose as the way to feed my baby and I am just sharing my story. I know for some mom’s it is a way to be closer to the baby. For some mom’s, well formula is expensive so why spend money (especially if you are on a budget) on something you body is making. This is just me sharing that I got plenty of sleep and I didn’t breastfeed my baby. I’m not trying to tell any mom what is best for her baby. That’s for each mom to decide.
When I found out I was pregnant, I knew that I did not want to breastfeed. When my OBGYN ask my plan, I let him know and from there not one, doctor, nurse, or other health care professional tried to tell or convince me as to why breastfeed was the best option or right thing to do. Oh, did I mention, after giving birth to my daughter I also got plenty of sleep? Yes, you read it right. I got plenty of sleep; I actually got more sleep than when I was pregnant.
Now, I know you are wondering… Was there some medical reason or other reason for not breastfeeding? Nope. I just preferred not to, it was not for me. And I don’t see anything wrong with mom’s who do chose to breastfeed, because it’s their choice. My daughter is healthy and I was not the only one she depended on to feed her when she was hungry, especially at night. My husband was also able to feed her. We were lucky, she slept like clock work. By 8pm, it was bedtime and she slept until midnight, and after a midnight feeding was didn’t wake up again at about 5am. And in the daytime when she took a nap, we took a nap to. Housework, all of that could wait, we decided to get rest because we would be no good to our baby if we were overly exhausted. Guess what five years later she still get sleepy about 8pm and is ready for bed, she is also still an early bird and doesn’t sleep late.
Want to know something else? No one judged me for not breastfeeding and no one tried to sway me to give it a try or same how it was the better choice. Guess what mom’s, do what is right for you and your baby. If it’s breastfeeding, go for it. If it’s to give your baby formula, go for it.