There are many arguments to be made for breastfeeding, one of which happens to be that it’s a great way to bond with your baby. I won’t deny the fact that it is a special way to bond with your newborn. I was able to breastfeed for a few months and it was, in fact, a very beautiful thing. But that doesn’t mean it’s the only way to bond with your baby, and it certainly doesn’t mean it’s not possible to bond with your baby during formula-feeding. I spent most of my son’s early years feeding him formula, and I had the chance to bond with my son in equally beautiful, special ways.
As a mom you, and only you, get to decide whether or not you give breastfeeding a shot. And according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), eight out of 10 moms will, in fact, start breastfeeding their babies at birth. But plenty of moms don't nurse for a variety of very valid reasons, and many still try breastfeeding but can't continue due to numerous factors that are outside their control. I am one of those moms, so I know firsthand that the whole "anyone who wants to breastfeed their babies bad enough, will" notion is utter nonsense.
While I was able to breastfeed my son for a short amount of time, I know that if I didn't I still would have bonded with my baby. A bottle and some formula wouldn't have kept us from getting to know one another. In fact, in many ways it helped me grow closer to my son. So if you’re on the fence about formula-feeding because you don’t think you’ll bond, I’m here to set the record straight and let you know just how I made sure to prioritize bonding while formula-feeding my newborn.