I've never really had a strong opinion when it comes to feeding babies. I'm still breastfeeding Rory, but it was tough to start with. I thought I'd do it for six months and then stop. In the beginning it was a battle to get to six weeks. Now bubba and I have found our groove and his six month birthday is fast approaching, I'm not sure I want to stop. Whereas before Rory would drink anything from anything, now he's decided he only wants breasts. Expressed breastmilk from a bottle won't do; it must be fresh...straight from the cow, if you like. This makes it difficult for me to leave him with anyone else for a reasonable period of time.
I stopped seeing breastfeeding as a dreaded chore when I went to hospital. I learnt to see it as time out with my little man and it got easier. I've mastered the whole feeding discreetly in public thing and we seem to have a good thing going on.
However, I can see there are also a lots of positives when it comes to bottle feeding. Duncan wanted me to stop feeding so he could help out with feeds with me not being well. I appreciate this, but I told him I'm not sure I want to stop at six months....and I don't think Rory will be happy if I stop anyway.
Here are the pros and cons I can see for both:
- Convenient, no preparation required, always on tap, always the right temperature, no wastage.
- Nice bonding time with Rory.
- Great for weight loss. I find I can pretty much eat without worrying about packing on the kilos.
- Can sometimes be difficult to feed in public with conservative people around who disapprove no matter how discreet you are attempting to be.
- Sore nipples.
- I'm the only one who can feed him so I can't have extended times away from him.
- I have to consider what I eat and if it might be affecting him.
- Anyone can feed him. Duncan and I could go away for a night together and leave Rory in someone else's care.
- Can feed more openly without worrying if people disapprove or are having a perve.
- He drinks quicker from a bottle (when he did happily drink from bottles).
- I don't have to worry that what I eat might be upsetting him.
- I would have to watch what I eat regarding putting on weight.
- More preparation and washing up.
- If I forget to pack his bottles he's going to go hungry.
Hmmm what to do.