It seems such a short time ago that I was in the hospital, fretting because I was pestering the lactation consultants EVERY single time my baby needed to nurse. I was uncertain, I knew I was latching wrong, I cried all the time, I was so frustrated. But I hassled and hassled them till I felt maybe--just maybe--I might be able to go home and TRY to do this.
Here it is, 7 and a half months later, and we are still exclusively breastfeeding! I just love it. If anyone is on this site to get information, who isn't sure about what to do or what to try, I can't recommend bf highly enough!
I bottle-fed my firstborn through no choice of my own; he was premature and right away in the NICU before I could say anything, BOOP! a bottle was in his mouth. No lactation consultants came to see me, either, so it was at least 24 hours after his birth that I even began to pump. I did pump for as long as I could, and gave my little preemie breastmilk through a bottle, and he did all right until at last I switched to formula. Then he had horrible, screaming colic for a year and a half! It didn't matter if I used Soy or Regular; he just couldn't process the stuff. It was a horrible experience. Plus, I just don't think it's natural or comforting, when a baby wants soft, loving, experience and warm milk, to stick rubber in its mouth and hold it away from you like it's a stranger.
I didn't know all this back then. I have only been able to experience it with my secondborn. She's getting her teeth now and I know that weaning is going to occur within the next four months, but by now I am ready for that. I have deeply enjoyed the warmth, the skin-to-skin contact, the snuggling, the closeness, and the knowledge that I am giving her the best nutrition she can get. She, too, has a bit of colic and I've gone through greatly modifying what I eat, so it hasn't been all beds of roses, by any means. But I have really loved this experience, and want to encourage all new or uncertain breastfeeders to hang in there--it is SO worth it!