Definitely breastfeed. If some people think you shouldn't , it's because they are unaware of the benefits for you and the baby, and probably because they didn't breastfeed. I suggest reading the book "The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding"; it's the best book on the subject. This book is put together by La Leche League International. When you have your baby, or even before, you can call La Leche League and they will answer your questions for free. LLL( La Leche League) is made up of moms who breastfeed their babies and have all kinds of answers. They have monthly , local meetings. LLL is in the phonebook. Your baby needs to bond with YOU, not others via a bottle. I never used bottles, as it causes "nipple confusion". Milk that comes out of a bottle just flows pretty freely without much work from the baby. But when a baby breastfeeds, he/she has to work at it and suck. So if a baby is used to a bottle, and being passive about the milk going in his/her mouth, then the baby may do pretty much the same thing at the breast and be confused as to why the milk doesn't just come out of the breast like the bottle. So it's best not to even confuse a baby with a bottle that way. Make sure you drink lots of water when you breastfeed, and eat really good meals, as breastfeeding can make you hungry, and you want your milk to be of good quality. There are so many ingredients in mom's milk that they just can't duplicate with formula; they're always trying to make it almost as good, adding "new ingredients". But they can't add immunoglobulins which transfer the mom's immunity in the early days when the baby is getting colostrum mostly. It's good that after you give birth, breastfeeding makes your uterus contract; this helps get the uterus back to its original size. The baby's sucking at the breast makes the breast produce milk. It may take a few days for the voluminous milk to come in after the baby's birth. It's ok that in the first few days the baby is getting just colostrum. just keep letting the baby breastfeed and shun the bottles. Also, breastfeeding makes the mom produce hormones which promote bonding, and a peaceful feeling while breastfeeding. My babies slept with me and my husband, so we'd both drift off to sleep while breastfeeding in bed. I wasn't on drugs, so I never rolled over on the baby. Also, moms who breastfeed have a lower incidence of breast cancer later in life. Cow's milk is made for calves, not human babies. Many babies are allergic to cow's milk,and will develop problems with congestive mucous and recurrent ear infections. Babies who breastfeed develop their jaw muscles better and have straighter teeth. Your baby will be healthier and happier when you breastfeed. I've never once regretted breastfeeding all of my children, but i think I would have regretted bottle/cow's milk formula feeding. It's important to get the position right of the baby to your breast. I would suggest going to a La Leche League meeting while you are still pregnant just to see how other moms breastfeed, and they will enthusiastically answer your questions. I wish you all the best.