So I've got a friend whose harassing me about not giving my baby any sort of formula or anything else for the first six months... This seems Extreme to me for a few reasons.
1. I have chrons disease. My drugs for that are class D. Anyone know what that means? It means you absolutely CANNOT breastfeed while you're on those drugs. CANNOT! The risk to the baby is super high. I can't afford a milk bank and she swears theres FB groups for every state where the moms will give you the milk free of charge yet she has yet to give me a link for it.
Even the nurse at the hospital when Patrick was born said that I was just fine formula feeding him from day 1 and that I may be confusing him by switching him from bottle to boob and that if at six weeks I was going to go exclusive to bottle, I may as well just give him formula from the start.
2. Our pediatrician had us start on baby rice between 4-5 months and move to baby food at six months. She says this increases the chance of open gut but I can't find a link that makes sense without having a medical degree. I would rather start him on formula at an early age just for the factor that he'll get used to the taste of it just so he doesn't scream when we run out of breastmilk no matter how much I pump like crazy to get a small stash of it.
Am I a bad mom? I've never once heard of open gut. Patrick had just the smallest amount of collostrum before the nurse conviced me to stop breastfeeding (to my own shame I listened to that advice rather than going the six weeks as planned and I will do that with this one), but I also plan on supplementing with formula so that we don't have a problem down the road where he won't take formula. As it was I had a hard enough time getting Patrick to take a bottle after I started giving him cereal. He just didn't want it. He wanted the spoon and that was it. It took a good week or so and a few full on battles to get him to take a bottle in between cereal feedings.