I love talking about formula, and I love that there's an option for moms who can't or don't want to breastfeed. As an adoptive mom, it's a darn good thing we had that option, and I've become a pretty big advocate for making sure moms aren't shamed for whatever feeding option they choose. One of the downsides of formula is certainly the amount of equipment involved, but I've found there are some awesome formula-feeding habits that make you a better mom.
My theory of motherhood is as follows: you're at your best when you can reduce stress and make more time for you. Whatever else we all choose to do in raising our kids is less important than whether we have enough peace of mind to give as much love to our kids as possible. So when it comes to formula-feeding, the same theory applies. Get organized, create a routine that works for your family, chill out on the sterilizing, and make yourself more time to love on your babes.
We had six hours notice that our daughter was joining our family. She was what adoption agencies sometimes call a "stork drop," rather than the kind of adoption where the birth mom makes her adoption plan months or weeks before the birth. We got a call at ten in the morning and met her that evening. Needless to say, we weren't prepared (physically, of course, because our hearts had been ready for years) and feeding her was all brand new. If we'd had months to prepare, we might have gone with a breastmilk bank or donations, but we had more than enough to contend with in those first weeks so formula was an easy decision. Honestly, I can't say enough good things about how it has fit into our family. Despite not having the best entry into the world, my daughter is growing and thriving and meeting and beating milestones all while sucking down formula for the first year of her life.
So, if formula is your jam, you can own it with the following awesome formula-feeding habits.