How to Beat the Mom Guilt and Feed Your Baby Your Way

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Breastfeeding has not been an easy journey for me. When my oldest was born, I had no clue what to do. I hadn’t planned to breastfeed, so when my milk came in a few days after I delivered, engorgement pain alone had me scrambling to figure out how to nurse.

The learning curve was huge, and while my oldest latched beautifully and was a great nurser, I never really loved the experience. At least not enough to properly learn how to breastfeed and embrace the challenges of doing so.

Inexperience, ignorance, and the pain of those first few weeks breastfeeding had me switching to formula pretty quickly. With my second child, I desperately wanted to breastfeed, but my supply dried up when she was only about 3 months old.

Part of me felt like I was being punished for not breastfeeding my oldest. It seems silly looking back at it now, but the mom guilt was so real. I felt like my selfishness in deciding not to breastfeed was coming back to haunt me.

With both my older daughters, some of that guilt was assuaged by turning to Enfamil as my formula of choice. I knew it was the #1 brand of infant formula recommended by pediatricians (like my own, and midwife) and has been trusted by hospitals for over 25 years.

Still, I never really came to terms with the guilt over not breastfeeding until my youngest was born.

Thankfully, I am a bit older and certainly a lot wiser since the birth of my third daughter. I know now that it was not selfish to switch to formula, and I was never being punished for not breastfeeding my older daughters. I’ve since educated myself about the benefits of breastfeeding and formula feeding.

Age is funny that way. It changes the way you think and look at the world, and it can help you open your mind to new ideas… like the fact that there is no one way to feed your baby. You do what works for you and your baby. That’s it.

I’m now a huge proponent of #fedisbest, so when I went back to work and noticed a drop in my breast milk supply, I knew I had options. I felt empowered. Without guilt or shame or sadness, I knew that with my schedule, deciding to supplement with formula was the best choice.

When I learned about new Enfamil NeuroPro formula, I was even more excited. As a breastfeeding mom, I love that Enfamil NeuroPro has both MFGM and DHA (a brain-building fat-protein blend) that, in the past, was only found in breast milk*. You can see why this would appeal to me! The more similarity I can have between my breast milk and formula, the better I’ll feel about feeding my baby both together.

If you’re wondering just what MFGM is, it’s a component also found in breast milk that has been shown to help close the gap in cognitive development between formula-fed and breastfed babies**. Everything begins in the brain, so the goal of Enfamil NeuroPro formula is to nourish the brain first. #BrainFirst

Fun Fact: Enfamil NeuroPro is the first and only formula to add MFGM as an ingredient in amounts supported by clinical research. Pretty neat, and I love that they are on the cutting edge of infant nutrition.

Interesting tidbits aside, I want you, dear momma, to know that it doesn’t matter how you feed your baby. You may breastfeed for a month or a year. You may decide that formula feeding is best, too. Or you may balance the two as I do.

Whatever milky path you go down, know that it’ll all be okay, and leave that mom guilt behind! Choose a formula that supports your baby’s health and development, breastfeed as long as you want, wean as soon as you need to. Just remember that fed is best and we’ll all get through this together.

Visit Enfamil or call 1-800-BABY-123 (1-800-222-9123) for more information and to request a free sample.

*In amounts supported by clinical research. As measured by Bayley cognitive scores.
**As measured by Bayley-III cognitive score at 12 months in a different formula with MFGM added as an ingredient.

This post is sponsored by Enfamil® Infant Formula.

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    I love this – fed is best. I only got through 2 weeks of breastfeeding my first before switching to formulas, and even then we tried so many different ones. This time (I’m 37 weeks pregnant) I’m trying not to put so much pressure on myself. If I can breastfeed, great, if not no biggie. I also wrote about mom guilt on my blog because it’s so real: https://wp.me/p9DGx6-do

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