I have it... too much of it I'm sure. It's there for everything. She watches too much tv. She eats too much yogurt. She doesn't eat enough yogurt. I let her sit in her crib when she wakes up but isn't crying (always until said crying starts...). I had him quit the Ohio State PT study. I leave him in the swing(sleeping there right now) too much. He's on Zantac(or Tacky as fish refers to it).
But nothing, and I mean NOTHING, comes close to the mommy guilt that comes along with the decision to not breastfeed. Breast feeding is best, okay, we get it. It is drilled into a mom's head at every turn, in every magazine, in every ounce of hospital paraphernalia. But what if it's not best always? Where is the line?
This is not the go ahead for people to willy nilly switch to formula, just because it is easiest. But I have formula fed both of my children, and for very specific doctor recommended reasons never even tried nursing puppy, and I carry tremendous mommy guilt for it.
But I am standing(or typing) now and saying, that it is OKAY to formula feed if that is what the cards deal you. It is okay to switch to formula because your child is on the verge of being admitted to the hospital for Failure to Thrive. It is okay to switch when your diet is so resricted that you can hardly see straight. It is okay to switch when you very mental stability is crumbling because you can not handle the stress. It is even okay to supplement because you are unable to pump while you are at work. It is all okay... they will grow, they will thrive, they will be perfect in the eyes of God and all that love them.
It is all okay.
(Those who are so super pro breastfeeding that they cannot see another alternative, please refrain from unhelpful comments, that will only increase said mommy guilt! Thanks!)