I didn't grow up around breastfeeding moms. In fact, I grew up making formula bottles for my little sisters. That was routine in my home. And while I probably knew breastfeeding was an option, I knew formula was just as good of an option for us.
My mom decided not to breastfeed me after she became worried that her breasts would smother me, and turned to formula after that.
Formula didn't do any obvious harm to my siblings or me. We weren't any more sick than other kids we knew. We love our mom and still have good strong relationships with her, even though she didn't share some of the same attachment parenting philosophies that some breastfeeding moms do.
My mother also worked, so we went to daycare fairly young, and bottles made that easier for her.
Seeing how well formula worked for my family growing up, I have been very open to it as an adult, and see the benefits it has for some people. But after meeting my husband I started to see from a different point of view.
"You have to breastfeed," he bluntly told me as we talked about how we'd feed our future babies. His mom breastfeed him and all of his siblings, and having taken many science and psychology courses he said it was just 100% better for our children. Physically, mentally, emotionally, you name it.
I never really saw him as adamant about anything regarding our future children before (this was before we were expecting) so it made me think more about breastfeeding. I knew I'd most likely be working, so I assumed formula-feeding would just be easier for us.
Since being pregnant, and having friends with young babies, I've discovered the true price of formula -- literally, the financial cost. That's what's stuck out to me the most about that option. It's like, "Hmm, let's see. Boobs= free, and formula = hundreds of dollars a month!"
I've gotta say, money is the number one reason I've decided I'm going to give breastfeeding a try. Of course there are many many other benefits that I've read about which I'm excited to experience, but I think you've gotta work with what motivates you first. And if every can of formula I save on buying means another cute outfit for my daughter, that's motivation enough for me, for now.
I won't be easy picking this task up from a first-generation standpoint, but I know I can do it, and I'm open to the challenge. I'm having a baby soon -- quite possibly this week, and I'm excited to give her, and myself, the gift of breastfeeding.