Hi I’m Kris, head honcho at the blog Max and Kai (http://maxandkai.co.uk) With both the boys we bottle fed from the beginning. I had the idea that breastfeeding would just naturally happen with my first born (after all isn’t that what all mothers do) but a case of tongue tie put heed pretty quickly to that plan.
Had you given much thought to how you’d feed your baby before/while you were pregnant?
I always had in mind that I would breastfeed, my mum breast fed 6 kids so I didn’t imagine it would be an issue.
What was your opinion of bottle feeding?
I was never against the idea of bottle feeding, I knew lots of mummys who had gone down this route.
Were you offered any classes on breastfeeding by your healthcare team/midwives? Did you take any classes of your own ie. NCT?
With my first so I was not recommended any classes. With my second I went to a group but it was full of ladies already breastfeeding so I didn’t feel it really helped.
What support did you receive to start and continue breastfeeding? What support would you have liked?
The health visitor offered to send in the troops. With my eldest I was already feeding by bottle and didn’t see much point. I think I would have liked a bit more one on one support. With my youngest it felt there was never enough time for this kind of support.
Did you have a personal breastfeeding goal?
I didn’t even get a chance to think about having a goal
What triggered your move to bottle feeding? Would you consider it a choice or a necessity?
In the end it was necessity, my son needed to eat but could not latch on to my nipple.
How did moving to bottle feeding make you feel?
Bottle feeding never bothered me in the slightest. I did feel family maybe judged a little but I was so tired that I didn’t really care. As long as my child was happy and healthy was all I cared about. It also meant my hubby could do some if the night feeds.
Did you experience any backlash for bottle feeding?
No not at all.
Do you have any advice for other new mums in your situation?
Just do want you think is right, don’t feel bullied or intimidated with other peoples opinions.
Massive thanks as always to Kris for sharing her story. You can find out more about her, and check out her blog here:
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