Breastfeeding is SO beneficial for both mama and baby! Being so young and inexperienced, and getting NO help at all establishing breastfeeding, my first child was exclusively formula fed. My second baby took to nursing like a fish to water but because my confidence was destroyed after my first experience, I panicked when she started nursing more frequently at 6 weeks and thought I needed to supplement. Well, once she had a bottle, she didn't want to go back. She'd nurse less and less until she was 6 months and then was on formula (and lots of digestion problems :( ) from then on. By the time I had my 3rd child I was well armed with more confidence because I knew I COULD nurse and was much more educated on health and I knew this time formula was NOT an option! I fully expected her to nurse until at least 2 years but she had other plans and weaned herself entirely at 10 months old! However, at least by then she was eating such a wide range of foods and was big enough she was able to forgo formula. I miss this time with my babies so much, but I have continued to educate myself on breastfeeding, both so I can help support my daughters when the times comes, and because I hope to someday become a doula! Here are some interesting and useful links...
-Natural Breastfeeding: a New/Old Approach
-Herbs to support breastfeeding
-If breastfeeding isn't possible (side note; some recipes call for fermented cod liver oil. I do NOT recommend fermented CLO! There is quite a debate going on about it's safety [see here, here and here for more info]. I do not give it to my family and I do not feel comfortable recommending it to others. My favourite brand of cod liver oil by Quantum Labs was discontinued, this is the one I use now.)