Feeling Guilty About Bottle Feeding
Mums who bottle feed often feel guilty about their decision.
They may feel looked down upon by breast feeding mothers or healthcare professionals and they may be constantly reminded that 'breast is best'. However, you must remember that formula feeding is a suitable alternative that provides your baby with all the nourishment it needs, and that is the most important thing.
Not all mothers can breast feed and if you are one of those people it is not your fault and you should not feel bad about it. As long as you are providing your baby with nourishment of a different source and giving it lots of love and attention, you are doing the right thing.
The same goes if you always intended to bottle feed. Breast feeding isn't for everyone. Once you have made your decision there's no point in dwelling on it or letting others make you feel inadequate. Your baby will recieve all it needs from formula.
Try not to feel too guilty or you won't be able to fully enjoy the early part of your child's life. Even bottle feeding can provide an important bonding experience for you and your baby so you should enjoy these moments and make the most out of it.
Remember you are not alone in your situation - there are plenty of other mothers feeling just like you. And there have been plenty of mothers before you that have gone on to raise perfectly healthy formula-fed children!
The World Health Organization (WHO) strongly recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life and states that babies fed exclusively on breast milk for their first six months will develop most healthily.
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