Before I was even pregnant, I was quite snotty about formula. Even if I never actually voiced this opinion to my friends who had recently become mothers, I really looked down on anyone who would chose that gross and unnatural substance over breast milk. Seriously, have you read the studies on this? The status of “liquid gold” wasn’t assigned to formula for a reason. (Le Leche League’s website is a great place to start if you are looking for more information about the benefits of breastfeeding). I could not comprehend the decision to use formula; think of the cost! The nutrition! The damage you were doing to your baby, both nutritionally and psychologically!
At this point, I would like to launch forward four years. After actually being a mom and not just prancing to the top of my soap box of inexperience, I have officially been kicked off my high and mighty sassy horse. My “before kids” self really didn’t know what she was talking about. How could she? She wasn’t a mom. If you keep reading, you’ll see that even I eventually used formula and found that it is not toxic (“What?!? Sell-out!” my former self screams.) I now understand that every mom, every baby and every situation is different, but maintain the belief that breast milk is best, yo!