An Open Letter To Any Mothers Who Have Ever Fed Their Baby Formula

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Disclosure: I have recently learned this should be at the top of my posts and not the bottom. So you are aware, this post may contain advertisement or affiliate links. I’m not sure I like putting it at the top either as I don’t want to disrupt the reading experience, but you got to play by the rules. If it bothers you, know that this part will always stay relatively the same and you can skip to the non-italicized part. 

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Dear mothers,

As much as I read about breastfeeding, I have come across many stories like this and this and it’s made me think a lot about formula feeding and breastfeeding and everything like that. And I know I talk a lot on this blog about breastfeeding and everything like that, but in case it ever comes into question, I want to clear something up ahead of time.

I respect you. I think you are a great mom and I know you love your baby.

I know some of you have chosen formula and never looked back.

But others of you I know desperately wanted to breastfed. And for whatever reason – not enough milk, lack of support, misinformation and myths – you couldn’t. And I want to let you know, it’s okay that you couldn’t. Your baby was still fed and loved and nourished, even if you couldn’t do the thing you most desperately wanted to do.

I want you to know that you are not failures. Breastfeeding is hard and for some women, even impossible. And at the end of the day, your baby needs to get fed. You can’t ignore your baby’s needs. You are taking care of your baby in the best way that you possibly can. And I have come to understand and know and recognize that is different in everyone’s situation.

So I want you to know that I won’t stop supporting breastfeeding here, but that I will also support you, because guess what? You are taking care of your baby and loving them and nurturing them and at the end of the day, that is the most important thing. Babies need love to grow, much more than they think about what is filling their bellies.

You are a great mom and I love and respect you. Come alongside me and we can talk about how we are raising our kids to be great people, in our own unique ways.

Because I know motherhood is hard. And everyone is making the choices they need to.

With all my love and support,

A Mama Just Like You

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