Aug 19, 2005

Breastfeeding vs. Formula Feeding

If you are, or are thinking of, breastfeeding, here's information on why breastfeeding is good for you and your baby.

But if you're not breastfeeding (and perhaps feeling some backlash because of that), I want to share a story that a friend was kind enough to share with me when I was struggling and considering switching to formula. My friend had a friend who was struggling with breastfeeding. The new mother took her son to the pediatrician's office, where the nurse asked if she had bought the very best, most expensive car seat on the market. The new mother, taken aback, said, "No." The nurse then asked if she felt the car seat that she had bought was good enough to protect her son. The new mother replied, "Of course." Then the nurse said, "Well, think of formula in the same way. It may not be the very best, but it's more than good enough."

I think I've said it before, but I'm going to say it again since I need to be reminded of this regularly: No matter how hard I try, I cannot be a perfect mother. I can only be a "good enough" mother.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the reminder that as women we are always so hard on ourselves!

There is no one way to be a perfect mother, but there are a million ways to be a great mother!