Our post title is kind of misleading. There’s no way on earth to determine the best formula for newborns (or indeed any baby) and we all know that – in the UK especially, the contents of them are largely the same, heavily regulated and they all taste rank. No seriously, have you ever tried formula milk as an adult? Yuck. This guide is more about the best baby formula for your circumstances and needs, if this is how you choose to feed your child.
I posted on this subject last week and frankly it took a lot out of me. This post, however, is more of an informative piece about what to look out for when choosing baby formula. Every newborn and every parent is totally different and it can be a bit daunting that when you’ve decided to formula feed your newborn, there are still a tonne of different brands and products to choose from.
So a post went up on another site about the fact that they’ve decided not to promote formula milk on their blog. Of course, that’s their choice as to what they do and do not want to place on their part of the internet. I love that, I love that a blog gives you the freedom to talk about what you want and refuse to talk about what you don’t. I won’t be promoting dummies for example (not that I’ve been asked) – but way more blogs will, because they like them. Totally cool. This is not a “refusing to promote formula is incorrect” post. It’s really, really not.
However, I felt compelled to write something on the subject. An alternative viewpoint from someone who has decided to (and would totally continue to) promote formula feeding. One that I feel quite passionately about, because it explores the one part of my pregnancy experience that left a sour taste in my mouth. I don’t normally do these type of in-depth posts… I’m not really into baring my soul to the internet but this is an exception.
We recently posted about pre-parent assumptions that we got completely wrong (he’s one now, so we’re clearly experts) but we weren’t all mouth. We were right about a lot of things, including one in particular that we were super stuck on. It’s not fair to just list the failures either, so we’ve put together a list of the stuff we got right before the baby came. Because we have our smug boots on.
There are a lot of perceptions that you have as an expectant parent. A lot of things that people will tell you and you form your own opinion on what you think sounds good and what might sound like nonsense. Once the baby arrives you are proven right in some ways and wrong in most others. Here are a list of the pre-birth perceptions we had, in particular the ones we were right about.
Remember our post about our top five pre-birth assumptions that turned out to be totally right? Well we aren’t using the blog to brag about being right all the time and you knew a follow up was coming.
So, here are the top five pre-birth perceptions that went out of the window as soon as our boy was born.
When you find out you’re expecting, you have a whole host of ideal scenarios. One of the most thought about and at times controversial is how to you choose to feed your baby. I had my ideal situation: I was going to breastfeed whilst I was on maternity leave and express once I went back to work so that I could provide milk for Mason when I wasn’t with him. However, as is not uncommon with feeding a baby, the reality was not like the expectation.
Whilst pregnant, I did a lot of reading online about what would happen during the process of removing the baby from my womb and introducing him into the world. Admittedly this led to a lot of Google searches leading me to forums. Mumsnet, Netmums, BabyCentre you know, all of the places where completely normal people dish out medical advice to other mums who are petrified of what’s about to happen (you can read about other daft myths we heard in our previous post here). You try and take it with a pinch of salt, but there are certain trends that you simply can’t ignore. This one in particular spilled out into people I’d actually met, namely the ladies of our antenatal classes. As their due dates came and went, comments on Facebook were made about “the sweep” and how they had been offered it (and in most cases, they refused it) and how awful the idea of it was.
I, being a bit oblivious, didn’t really know the ins and outs of what it was… as far as I was aware, it was just an examination… a bit like a smear test. Not exactly a comfortable experience, but it was hardly traumatic.
That was the attitude I carried on with, despite everyone saying that it was awfully painful and horrendous and it didn’t do anything. So when my midwife offered to perform the sweep at 40 weeks and 5 days (July 31st if you’re wanting a date) then I was happy to go for it. If it might help the little man come sooner, I was definitely all for it.