Breastfeeding vs Formula Feeding

Hello Snap Moms. Whitney J here.  Breastfeeding vs Formula Feeding. I know that this is a very controversial topic, and I think it’s important to be real with one another. So guess what…I DON’T BREASTFEED MY 10 MONTH OLD! **Jaws drop** I know…shocking right? It’s not that I don’t believe in it, it’s just that I quite honestly had a battle and a half with it, and decided that for my family and myself, formula feeding is what works. I seriously commend every mom who breastfeeds because (especially in the beginning) it is not easy.

I wanted to write this article because I want to bring bf-ing mommas and ff-ing mommas together! So often we (ff-ing momma’s ) have a tendency to feel judged by everyone else.  Whether we are just too sensitive and projecting our own guilt, or we really are being judged, I wanted to shed some light! I don’t want any formula feeding mom to be made to feel like she is less than, because let me tell you, motherhood is just as tricky with formula as it is with breastmilk. To the formula feeding mom: WE SUPPORT YOU!


Here are 5 things every Formula Feeding Momma wishes she could have printed out on an index card to hand to the person who gives her a dirty look as she pulls out the formula:

1.We love our babies just as much as the Breastfeeding Mommas. 

2. We are also bonded to our babies. 

3. Our children have every chance of being as smart as breastfed babies. (what actually contributes to breastfed babies being smarter is the physical touch they receive during nursing. I am always conscious to be touchy with my babies while giving them a bottle)

4. Formula really is not the devil-I am so grateful there is a product, made especially to nourish my baby. 

5. Our babies will grow to be healthy and strong. 

So to all of the moms who successfully breastfeed, and all of the moms who for whatever reason, formula feed, you are doing an amazing job. Keep up the great work. We are here for each one of you, wherever you are in your journey. WE SUPPORT YOU! Thank you for reading.

-Whitney J

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4 Comments
  1. Danielle Cuvelier May 17, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    I do feel that there is a stigma against ff-ing mommies by bf-ing mommies but i also feel there is one against bf-ing mommies by ff-ing mommies… i think we need to be more understanding of people and their choices. my opinion has always been, if you have done the research and aren’t just doing it because it is DONE, and you truly believe this is what your family needs, then by all means, do this… i have this opinion in many things like birth, baby lead weaning, potty learning, etc…. My God also says “judge not, lest you be judged”!

  2. Jennifer Thiele January 7, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    As a breastfeeding mom who DOESN’T judge anyone for how they feed their child I can say that it is MUCH harder to breast feed then bottle feed in this day and age. People don’t call a Formula Fed mother disgusting for feeding her child in public or how long they should feed their child for because its “weird” to feed them the first and most natural way. I agree that there is a rift between the two and it needs to stop and come together as parents who love their children. But I am sure you are not afraid to feed your child in public because someone thinks you are trying to start a wet tee shirt contest.

  3. Stephany August 9, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    Thank you for posting this!! So true! I feel like I get judging looks when I am out in public and feed my daughter a formula bottle. My husband and I adopted our beautiful daughter 2 months ago and obviously I am unable to breastfeed her. We were able to obtain some breast milk from a donor but of course not nearly enough to sustain her. The other issue is that she has a milk protein sensitivity and it is even more difficult to find donors that do not consume cow’s milk. I want to raise my daughter in the most natural way but sometimes when I come to sites like this to learn more about doing that I just feel bad for not being able to breastfeed. I wish natural sites like this kept us adoptive mommys in mind as well. Thank you so much for posting this! Everyone has different reasons for the decisions that they make and it is sad when a women gets judged for not breastfeeding when she can’t possibly do it whether she isn’t producing or like my situation adopted her child especially when she wishes she could do it. No one knows what the other persons situation is. We are all trying to do the best that we can for our children.