Dear Formula, I concede. - Baby Steps in High Heels

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Dear Formula, I concede.

Despite my best efforts, Baby now gets her nutrition strictly from a formula diet. [Side bar: please don’t guilt me. I did everything I could from taking herbal supplements to pumping around the clock. At the end of the day, feeding a baby formula is better than starving her. It was one or the other.] So, I’ve composed this little letter:

Dear Formula,

I concede. You win. There, I said it. As much as I hate to admit it, you can provide nutrition to my child that I was not able to.
You stink to high heaven (going in and coming out), but you nourish my little girl … so I am grateful.

You are ridiculously expensive, but you nourish my little girl … so you’re worth every penny.

You provide Baby with a happy, full belly at every meal … so I am appreciative.

You have provided for Baby’s healthy weight gain … for that, I say thank you.

I wouldn’t yet call myself a fan, but I’m working on it … making peace with you is one of my new New Year’s resolutions (actually, it might be my only resolution). Let’s be honest, though, for all that you do for Baby, you do a few things for me as well.

Because of you, I can drink coffee again. Lots of it. And diet Coke, too. Caffeine makes for a happy (albeit still sleep-deprived) mama.

Because of you, I can drink wine again. Lots of it. Sleep deprivation is much more bearable with a glass of wine in hand.

Because of you, nighttime feedings are only half as long as they used to be. Extra sleep is always welcome.

In conclusion, Dear Formula, I am begrudgingly grateful. I’m still working on the ‘begrudgingly’ part, but I am grateful.



  1. Whatever gets the babies fed and happy is good!

  2. You are a great mom! She will not care in 20 years if you fed her formula.

  3. I formula fed my little one from 10 weeks on. The bfeeding just wasn't working. All sorts of people will make you feel guilty about all sorts of things in parenting. In the end, whatever is good for mommy and baby is good!

  4. I totally know the feeling. I felt guilty for giving Evan one bottle a day of formula starting at 8 weeks or so. I was exhausted (and Evan too fussy) to pump. Breastfeeding is one of the hardest things I've ever done. Now we're doing a combination of formula and breastfeeding and we're okay with it. Don't worry about it--a happy, rested (at least somewhat rested) mama is worth a lot!

  5. I plan to quit pumping this week (after 9.5 weeks).