5 Things I hate about bottle feeding

Now please, before we go any further, don’t go thinking this is some massive anti formula feeding post . . . You all know that I’ve happily breastfed all three of my children and this is just a lighthearted post about what makes formula feeding tricky for me as we wean Amy from the breast . . .

baby drinking formula from a bottle

5 things I hate about bottle feeding

1. Needing to be organised

With a boob it’s just there and ready isn’t it?  For the last 9 months I’ve just fed her when she wanted, where she wanted without really having to think about it.  Now I have to keep an eye on the time, I have to make sure there’s a bottle sterilised and ready to use, I have to remember to take even more stuff with me when we go out . . .

2. Constantly scalding myself  – see above.  

I almost never remember to sterilise the bottle before I need it leading to regular incidents of scalding.  Last Thursday was a case in point where I managed to pour boiling water from a pan all over my fingers by accidentally flicking the teat upside down whilst trying to get it out of the pan (It would probably help if I had a proper steam steriliser but I always did it with that too by opening it too soon and letting the steam out all over my hands).

3. The cost

Breast milk clearly costs nothing.  Having fed the little lady for free for months it hurts to add the cost of formula to the shopping bill!  Add to that the cost of trying a million bottles to find out she likes . . .

4. The waste

She so rarely drains her bottle so there’s always an ounce or four left over. (Not that Thomas is complaining as he’s quite happy to have it on his biscuits.) This is obviously all the more frustrating when you are considering the fact you’ve paid for the milk in the first place!

5. It means she’s growing up

Watching Amy grab hold of the bottle and feed herself to independently is of course amazing but its also just a bit sad as it means she doesn’t need me quite so much any more. Breastfeeding was all about me and Bo, nobody else could do that very special thing for her.

However despite the cost and scalded fingers I’m glad that she’s finally taking her bottle and we’re starting to wean her off the breast, the time is right for both of us.


  1. katefever
    August 18, 2014 / 10:12 am

    This post did make me giggle a bit – I have so been there too. Can safely say I have never scalded myself on boob milk, yet have done it on the steam from the steriliser so many times! I think the growing up thing is the hardest mind…

    • August 18, 2014 / 12:49 pm

      I'm sure if I managed to be a bit more organised it would help but I always seem to be making bottles in a rush – much easier to get a boob out haha.

  2. August 18, 2014 / 2:15 pm

    Bottle feeding is such a faff….My two were bottle fed.
    I scalded myself so many times….

  3. August 18, 2014 / 2:44 pm

    I know the time is coming soon for me to wean, but I keep avoiding the topic…Its just so much more convenient! LOL!

    • August 18, 2014 / 3:40 pm

      Absolutely! I've been really torn this time x

  4. August 18, 2014 / 4:32 pm

    This was all very familiar. Glad it wasn't just me like this when I was in the same situation as you!

  5. Jo Smith
    August 18, 2014 / 7:03 pm

    the main point here for me is COST!!! Gee whizz, it's so expensive – spesh if your baby is a greedy guts like Finley is! x

    • August 18, 2014 / 8:31 pm

      What's worse is that she's currently refusing it again so it's going down the sink! (Or in the dog!)

  6. October 31, 2014 / 9:04 pm

    I think its one of those things you get used to… I find I am so productive when waiting for that night feed to cool…. tend to get nappies folded, washing out on the airer to dry etc!

  7. Hannah
    November 7, 2014 / 8:00 am

    Ha!! Love this – it's funny how quick you forget once they pass 1 but you're soooo right about all 5!!


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