Let's get one thing straight: formula-feeding moms are allowed to complain. There's this view among some aggressively pro-breastfeeding moms that "you signed up for this." When a mother chooses formula for her baby, she's doing what she sees as best for her child, self, and family. Sometimes those reasons are intensely personal, and sometimes it's not a choice at all. Either way, formula comes with its own set of headaches and moms shouldn't be ashamed to voice them. So in the interest of solidarity, here are the weird things all formula-feeding moms worry about.
In the motherhood experience of my dreams, I exclusively breastfed until my child self-weaned. However, that dream was not meant to be. Breastfeeding was difficult for me, and I struggled on and off with undersupply. As a result, I supplemented with formula from the very beginning. By the time my daughter was 6 months old, I had her down to only two ounces of formula a day, but she was underweight. Then, after a terrible bout with the stomach flu, I stopped nursing altogether. My baby was exclusively formula fed by the time she was 8 months old.
I've pretty much done it all: breastfeeding, nipple shield, lactation consultant, lactation cookies, supplemental nursing system, pumping, and, eventually, bottles of formula. I'm not an expert by any stretch of the imagination, but I do know the struggle. So formula-feeding moms, stop me if this sounds familiar: