To the Momma in the Corner (I saw your formula)

  1. Harriet Cook says:

    Been there, but at an era when formula wasn’t as disdained. I simply couldn’t produce enough. Second child has ‘brick dust’ diapers–he was dehydrated though I fed him all I could make. (My breasts never increased in size and all they ever leaked was an occasional quarter-sized spot.) The hospital’s pay-for-hire-after-you-leave-the-hospital lactation specialist said I didn’t have enough ducts. My first few months with each of my three children was a sobfest as I worked so hard to produce enough milk (adding brewer’s yeast to the diet, eating more instead of trying to lose weight, renting the expensive electronic breast pump, even purchasing the bottle/tube-taped-to-your-breast that adoptive mothers use to initiate lactation!). So believe me, I understand the despair, the guilt, the disappointment!

  2. sara says:

    This spoke volumes to me. Thank you!!!!! The best freedom in the world was once I took ownership of being a formula feeding mama after only 6 weeks of breast feeding.

  3. Maria says:

    Thank you for this post! I, too am a formula feeding mama (breast milk caused my daughter to have jaundice), and I can’t even begin to tell you the mom guilt and the disdain from others that came with that fact. Your words are so comforting, and I feel fortunate to have read it just now. You’re right in saying that breast feeding moms should allow the same grace they were given to those who can’t do what they can (whether it is by choice or not). At the end of the day: we’re all just mothers trying to provide for our children the best way we know how, after all.

  4. Renee says:

    I know there are so many moms our there who need to hear this. Thank you for sharing!
    Renee from #shinebloghop

  5. Amber says:

    I wish I could have found something like this 3.5 years ago for my sister-in-law. She would cry every time someone commented on her having to bottle feed her son- he needed to be in the NICU for 10 days after he was born and never learned to latch properly. It was the only option she had but she felt like “less” for having to do it, and judged besides by all the women that could.I used to be very critical of others parenting choices (of course, I was most critical before I had kids myself!) but the longer I do it, the more I learn that everyone has to do what works for them and their family. My opinion doesn’t, and shouldn’t, matter about their choices, for feeding/sleeping/educating their kids.
    Found you through the Shine blog hop!
    Amber at OurCharmedLife.net

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