This question is not meant as an attack on people who formula feed.. it's a genuine request for information.
I don't believe that there should be a "them and us" mentality when it comes to parenting - we are all doing the best job that we can with the information that we have at the time. My question is about how we can get that information out there without starting the mummy wars.
I'm wondering how people arrive at the decision to formula feed. I'm not directing this to people who were unable to feed for medical reasons, but to people who choose to use formula. Is it a result of bad advice, because it has been so normalised in our culture, because it is promoted as being 'as good as' or the equivilent to breastfeeding? Maybe you had issues with your breasts or believing in your body's ability to sustain a baby? Does post natal depression and problem bonding with the baby make a difference?
What would have made a difference for you with breastfeeding? Is there anything that would have changed the outcome ie more support, resources, better advice? What about better support from your workplace for breastfeeding or expressing breaks?
If we are ever going to do anything about improving breastfeeding rates, we are going to have to work out a way to encourage and promote breastfeeding without getting people off side.
Mama to an '04 boy