I do breastfeed.
I use bottles and I let him nurse.
Just because he's using a bottle doesn't mean he isn't getting breast milk.
Though, honestly, he gets some formula too, and I don't think that is bad at all.
Here's why I have made my choices the way I have. From day one, hour 4, SJ hasn't been one to take to the breast "well," if you would say it that way. The night he was born he had absolutely no interest in trying. The day after, yes, but I could NOT keep him awake no matter what I tried.
And that never stopped. I've had others helping me try to keep him awake while nursing, and it just doesn't do the trick. He falls asleep almost every time, and in order for him to be full, I have been known to have to nurse him for 45 minutes to over an hour.
While that was okay at first, when I had help at home and not much to do, that became much harder on me as time went by. Really, if he were to eat every two hours and nurse for 45 minutes to an hour, I'd spend up to 12 hours a day nursing him. That didn't leave much time for anything else, cleaning, sleeping, eating, using the bathroom, what have you.
So I started pumping almost exclusively, but nursing when I had the time (yes, that might sound bad, but it's true, and my husband and family all supported my decision). However, with pumping, it's not as efficient, and I didn't get as much out at a time as I would like or need to keep up with the growing, hungry boy, so we started supplementing with a little formula, mixing it with breast milk.
I hope this didn't sound rude, I just thought I'd explain.
If anyone else has questions, that's awesome. I hope, however, anyone who reads will have the decency to not criticize. It wasn't an easy decision to not exclusively nurse, that's for certain. I wanted to, but it just wasn't working for us.