Is breastfeeding always BEST?

The age old debate of breast fed vs bottle fed. There are proponents for both the scenarios. There is Medical research that concurs that the benefits of breast feeding can never be replicated with bottle milk. There are still other studies that show no difference what so ever among the breastfed and bottle fed kids on the health and growth parameters.

I breastfed my daughter till she was 15 months old and then she weaned her self off within a week or two. Although the experience of feeding your child is a beautiful one, I never felt that I was losing a great part of motherhood by not feeding my child till she was 2 or so. In fact once she weaned I found that she was eating better and having longer spells of sleep during night.

But the start of my breastfeeding journey or rather my motherhood itself was not so smooth. It was marred by latching problems, mastitis, doubts on self-worth as a mother, feeling judged by other mothers (peers and otherwise) and an overall feeling of inadequacy as far “being a mom” was concerned.

I grappled with these insecurities and complexes for almost three dark weeks but managed to come relatively unscathed on the other side, thanks to my wonderful family. But I can imagine, for some of us the journey might not be so easy and have faced some or the other breastfeeding problems. So, I wanted to write something about how I feel when breastfeeding is made out to be larger than life itself.

So head over to Parentous where I am sharing why I feel Breast is not always the best!

Would love your comments and if you could share your experiences that would be even more important. Not just for me but for every new mom who faces this dilemma. 

Swapna Thomas is the editor and founder at, an award winning Parenting blog. She quit the corporate world to be a stay-at-home mom and in the process, discovered a whole new career. She truly believes that happy moms = happy world. She also coaches moms to start their online business. She loves sufi music and spends way more time daydreaming than one should.

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  1. i had to wean her off much sooner and i regret it to this day. im glad to have read ur article tho’. helps to lighten the heavy feeling (no pun intended). tnx for writing this article.
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  2. Whether a mom breastfeed her baby longer or leaves it before 2 yrs ,she always has a reason to justify decision.As they say to each one ,their own .But what happened to my co sis last few months back changed my perspective and i firmly believe that its definitely better to breastfeed the child and be patient with it.My sis in law left breastfeeding earier than expected and started with infant formula by six months of her son’s birth.She used to have heavy lactation but since the baby was already on formula milk she had an excuse .After three yrs she developed an abscess in one of the mammary tissues and had severe pain .Even docs at Raheja hospi mumbai thought it was breast cancer .She went through the entire trauma of being told point blank that she had cancer.However the biopsy reports suggested otherwise and the final conclusion was that the excess mild had coagulated and an abscess(pus in a cavity) was formed which was infected .Thankfully God answered our prayers and it wasn’t cancer ,but this incident shook us finanacially n emotionally and made us realize that we ought to follow the protocol of nature.Do not want to sit in judgement on women who might have a different perspective on this one but i definitely will take this as a learning experience.

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