Quoting Chim Richalds:" It kind of shocks me every time to see the defensiveness people feel about switching to or using formula. ... [snip!] ... feeding isn't failure. They are right, it's just a choice and mental health is most important when both options are acceptable."
To me it was a huge failure ... we spent many hundreds of dollars and hours seeing lactation consultants, pediatricians, nutritionalists, naturopaths, and private midwives. We tried every herbal and medicinal supplemental or drug out there to try and a) boost my supply, and b) make it so my son could actually digest breast milk. In the end it was all for nothing and after 12 weeks of my son having yo-yo-ing blood sugar levels and being so starving he was unable to sleep or settle or basically do anything other than scream, my doctor PRESCRIBED us formula.
I hated myself, went through periods where I considered adoption because clerarly I was unable to do what was best for my child ... and to make it worse Australia has such a huge breastfeeding culture that every mothers group or child health nurse we've been to since has made a point about breast being best and that my son is destined for obesity and developmental issues.