Mothers Who Opt for Breast Milk, Not Breast-Feeding

Some mothers refuse to breast-feed — and not because they can't produce milk or prefer formula. They simply prefer to pump milk and exclusively bottle-feed their babies

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When Crystal Byrd's second child was born, the doctors urged her to place her baby to her breast. Byrd declined. She had already decided, months earlier, that she would not breast-feed. It was a lifestyle choice, says Byrd, 33, a stay-at-home mom in Cedar Creek Lake, Texas. "I'm a huge fan of breast milk, just not of nursing," she says.

Byrd says she tried breast-feeding her first child, who is now 12, and lasted nine weeks before giving up. "I just did not like it. I felt locked away. I was young and self-conscious, and everyone would...

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