The sitting positions were taking a toll on my back and my wound would hurt so badly (normal delivery). My arms were hurting and not forgetting my shoulders. Basically, everything hurt.
Breastfeeding didn't take 15minutes per feeding. Initially it took over an hour! And the baby was still hungry. Making me feel like a terrible mom after for not producing enough milk. (Refer to: http://mabelleong.blogspot.com/2015/07/new-mom-breastfeeding-part-1.html)
I finally accepted the fact that my milk alone was not enough and we had to top up with formula. In the beginning, it was really upsetting. But once I got more rest and could think clearer, it definitely took the stress off me. Now my husband could help feed the baby, and my mom could too. At night, when the baby cries, I would latch him first while my husband sleeps and about 45mins later, I would unlatch him and my husband would give him the bottle. We make a good team.
Yes, the phrase "Breast is best" is a known fact. But not everyone can produce enough for their child and formula would be the next best thing rather than letting the baby starve. There are people who donates breast milk but to me, I prefer formula over a stranger's milk not knowing what they eat and lifestyle choices. But hey, that's my choice. If you think you'd rather go that direction, who am I to judge?