Yes, it IS the mom's choice, and I wouldn't try to get a bottle mom to 'just try it once'...we have a nurse who does that, and I think it's horrible. What gets me about our nsy nurses is that they simply HATE breastfeeding, because it's so much easier to bottlefeed. Having worked in a full term nursery for 2 years, and been the only nurse to 26 babies, I know what it is to have a room full of 'em screaming. But it still doesn't make it okay to slip a bottle to a breast kid WITHOUT ASKING like the lazy nurses I work with. It's so frustrating...labor and delivery at my hospital is the only unit that is actually SUPPORTIVE of breastfeeding, and we get told so over and over again on hospital surveys. I may think formula is nasty and inferior, but when doing my intake on how a mom is going to feed, when she says 'bottle,' I say, 'okay,' and move on. Our nursery nurses hate breastfeeding, and will make little comments to our mothers ALL THE TIME to try to get them to bottle feed!! It really irritates me.
Okay, off the soap box...just had to vent.
Heather and Timon, you both make very valid points. Shoving your opinions on EITHER side of it is wrong and bad nursing practice in my opinion. Making a mom feel guilty for changing from breast to bottle is not going to help. I've had moms do this, and they tell me they feel guilty, and my response is always, 'look...the important thing is that your baby is fed...if that's by breast or by bottle, it doesn't really matter. Do what's best for YOU, after all, this is YOUR child. You shouldn't do anything you're not comfortable with.'
I wholeheartedly believe that.