I had to bottle feed DD formula for multiple reasons..
1. I never produced enough milk to sustain her weight, let alone get her to gain.
2. She never latched on to either breast..
Neither of which I could do anything about.. it;s no one's place to judge me.. like Elizabeth said.. you never know WHY a mother is choosing to do what she is doing.. :(
My son drank formula when I started work back after 6 weeks. It was incorporated an did both at first but I'm in a small office and only I do the job I do and spending my time pumping wasn't doable. My full breasts were killing me and it was very hard. So eventually it went to full formula. I wish I were in Canada too lol it would be so much easier on the breast feeding front. I had a coworker that would go him on her lunch break. Unfortunately I can't do that. I live 20 mins away from work and only get a 45 min lunch.
He was on it til 18 months. He is now totally healthy and eats like a pig. I pumped for the first 4 ish months and had enough to feed him through 6 months, but pumping at home or at work is very difficult to keep up with. He was on formula the whole time though since I had to fortify my BM to add extra calories. I don't think it ever did any good because he is still small after eating by mouth for the last year and a half. Once he hit a year though, we switched from formula to pediasure. So you just never know what is in the bottle and why. He finally started taking a bottle at 15 months and by that time I was so excited to feed him in a "normal" way that I didn't care what people were staring for.
Originally Posted by Heatherbella
Oh how the judging never stops though... It starts with decisions you make during pregnancy, but there is something for every age and gender once they are born!!!!! We are all different. Our children are all different. Our lives will look different. It's as simple as that!
Ya, I couldn't keep it up if I worked...pumping, ugh! I was still nursing when K went to daycare at 1 year but at least she was on solids too! We tried introducing cows milk before daycare started but she didn't really take to it so for the first while she had water all day at daycare (plus food)...but after a while she figured out the cow milk. But ya, I couldn't pump all day long at work like that!!! I don't blame you for not sticking with it.
Originally Posted by nidia
I SO hear you on that. K was 7lbs 4oz at birth which is a normal weight...but once she started controlling her food, she just was a slow gainer. At 1 year she was 16 lbs and now she's 2 months shy of 3 years old and she's still only 26 lbs. She's just small. That's who she is. All those times I had to force feed her as an infant seem ridiculous now that I know who she is. Sounds like he's a small one like my girl!
Originally Posted by Pixacious