“Most moms know the debate that rages between formula feeding and breastfeeding. Sure, scientifically breastfeeding offers some advantages. It can help build immunity and is customized to your specific baby. And formula feeding isn’t without its merits. For one it is a literal lifesaver for women who can’t produce enough breastmilk. It takes pressure off of moms as the sole food source and lets moms get back to work more easily. I think the logical thing to do is offer up education on both methods, the pros and cons, and then focus on helping each mother do what is best for her family. Sounds easy enough, right? Yet it doesn’t work that way. So I’m going to introduce a new perspective into the debate. Twins versus singletons. I have a singleton and I have twins. They have all been fed adequately. But I had very different experiences when it came to how I was going to feed those children. Is formula vs breastmilk that different when you consider how twins are treated compared to singletons? What can twins teach us about breastfeeding attitudes?”
Read the full post here.
As a twin mom myself, I LOVE Kim’s perspective on this issue. With a singleton, there is so much pressure put on moms to breastfeed. Basically, if you don’t breastfeed, or at least try, you are a slacker mom. With twins? Not so much. Since you’re having two babies instead of one, giving formula either as a supplement, or exclusively, is not frowned upon at all. What can we learn from this? Can we take the pressure off of singleton moms and trust them to feed their baby the way that is best for their family?
All of the brilliant mamas of the BFBN are writing on the topic of breastfeeding this week. Check the blog daily for all of the posts!
- Monday: Valerie at Chronicles of a Babywise Mom
- Tuesday: Christine at Christine Keys and Kimberly from Team Cartwright
- Wednesday: Katrina from Mama’s Organized Chaos and Natasha from Let’s Be Brave
- Thursday: Caitlin from Twin Mom and More and Carrie from Wiley Adventures
- Friday: Emily from Journey of Parenthood