Before I had babies I didn't know anything about formula. I wasn't planning to use it, so I didn't think I needed to learn, right? Then I wasn't able to breastfeed and found myself trying to figure out bottle-feeding on the fly. It seemed like everyone had a different opinion about everything — the best formula, the best bottle, the best temperature. Most of their advice turned out to be nothing more than an (usually bad) opinion, though. Now that I've been formula-feeding for a while, I've learned there's formula advice every bottle-feeding mom dreads hearing, and while most people really do have the best of intentions, intentions won't feed your kid.
When you are trying to figure out how to formula-feed, you might learn the hard way that your baby hates the expensive formula and bottles you bought, and you have to start over from the beginning. So, you consult internet mommy groups and, as a result, hear really messed up advice about how you should try harder to breastfeed (enough), buy expensive formula from Europe, or make your own formula from goat's milk (which is a really bad idea). In other words, because we live in a "breast is best" culture, it can be really hard for new moms to get good advice about formula.
Now, after formula feeding three babies and navigating everything from bottle refusal to food intolerances, I have learned to sort through formula-advice and distinguish good advice from bad. But, seriously you guys, I had to weed through so much bad formula advice first, including the following: