I never planned on using formula to feed my baby. My initial plan involved breastfeeding, it's just that my body, mental health, and milk supply had other plans. Like so many, I ended up going the bottle route. I pumped breast milk into the bottles when I could, but ultimately my baby thrived on formula. So believe me when I say I know, firsthand, all about the things every formula-feeding mom dreams of doing. At the top of my list? Oh, that would be burning bottles in a raging pit of fire because, honestly, by the time my girl was old enough to feed herself I never wanted to see that damn bottle again. Ever.
Five years later, though, and when I was pregnant with my youngest, I went straight to the bottle. I wouldn't say I loved the whole bottle-feeding process (in fact, I freakin' hated it), but I also knew I couldn't go through the emotional and mental torment of trying to breastfeed again. Attempting to nurse created far more issues than I ever anticipated, and while the bottle had its own dumb problems, breastfeeding just wasn't for me and I didn't need the added pressure when there was a perfectly suitable alternative.
If I've learned one thing as a mom, it's that parenthood is all about managing your expectations. It's about having an idea of how things are going to go, then adjusting accordingly when plans inevitably change. So, no, I didn't get to breastfeed the way I wanted, but I did get to feed two healthy children formula so that I could watch them grow and learn and thrive. So it wasn't all bad, by any means, but there were definitely some things I dreamed of doing while feeding my babies formula, too.