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12 Responses to Our Formula Feeding Journey

  1. sheila at cheekychums  

    well done you for giving breastfeeding agood go most mums give up easily just before breastfeeding is established. thanks for the info about not being guilty going from breast to bottle.

  2. Amy

    I second the above “well-done”! I really enjoyed reading this. I am going through weaning now myself and am so hungry for others’ stories, bless you 🙂

  3. Allyson Bossie  

    You managed way longer than I so kudos! i have no idea why, but with all four of my kids I didn’t produce enough milk and I dried up. I tried everything from mother’s tea to drinking more, but I just didn’t make enough. The longest I managed was 6 months and I dried up almost overnight when I got pregnant again. Formula fed babies are just as healthy as breast fed, I found out basically out of necessity. My four kids are incredibly healthy and I had to give up my guilt of just not being able to feed longer!

    • Laura

      I have several friends who tried very hard to breastfeed and never made enough milk, in spite of try every trick in the book. After hearing their stories, using formula with PuddinPie and supplmenting with our fourth baby, Bear, I’ve learned not to judge. As long as a parent is feeding the baby in a loving, respectful, healthy and age appro. manner- who am I to judge? I feel very blessed that we are able to afford formula and have a clean water supply to mix it with. I don’t miss the smell of formula or the fear that we would run out and I would be stuck with a crying baby but I miss his snuggles, his dance, and the silly things he did with his bottles, like cuddling his “empties”!

  4. Lauren  

    I so appreciate your story, Laura! Even when you’ve chosen breastfeeding, other circumstances can change your path. I’m glad you were able to find a peaceful and child-honoring way through. That’s a good lesson for all of us.

  5. Katie Vyktoriah (SnuggleBubby)  

    Just found your site and it’s brilliant. 🙂 Thank you for sharing your experiences. I’ve got a 14 month old boy who is currently weaning from the breast to bottles/sippy cups. It’s been much harder on me than on him, though I think he would have happily nursed forever if I’d decided to continue. But the constant biting had become a problem and my bad back meant bringing him into bed was a real issue. He’s also never slept in his own bed through the night (we spent the first 9 months co-sleeping and when we stopped, he’d only make it a couple hours before having to be brought in with us). It’s been a difficult journey, and I have still not completely dried up. But I think it could have been so much harder, and I’m thankful for small favours! 🙂

  6. Kelly  

    Really appreciated this post Laura – just wanted to say thank you 🙂