Breastfeeding or Bottle Feeding? & Product Recommendations
I always knew that I wanted to breastfeed my babies. I knew it wouldn’t be incredibly easy, but I’ve honestly had it pretty easy. I’m so grateful for that! The only issues I’ve had were her weight in the first couple months & not getting a freezer stash.
I truly enjoy nursing. It’s our time together. I’m so amazed at what our bodies can do. Not only can we create life, but we can sustain it.
There are times where it is inconvenient, but that’s mostly on me. I’m never going to be the woman in Target who just whips the girls out for baby to eat. There’s no judgement to the women who do. Do you, girl! I just would not be comfortable. When we go out, I schedule that she’s eaten and won’t be hungry while we’re out, or I’ll bring a bottle of breast milk that I can warm up. Even when I’m at my parents’ house, I go into their guest bedroom unless it’s just me & my mom.
My sweet Avery was a pro at nursing from the moment she entered the world. When I was being wheeled back to my room from the OR, she was trying to latch on. I didn’t have to do any work and the nurses didn’t have to assist her. She just did it!
My milk came in while I was still in the hospital. I never had an issue getting a supply for her.
Avery lost about 8% of her birth rate, which isn’t too terrible. Our pediatrician said she wasn’t worried until babies reach a 10% loss. She had terrible jaundice, which made her extra sleepy & not interested in eating. Because of her jaundice and not gaining weight, she was re-hospitalized at 10 days old. After 2 days of getting everything going in the right direction, we were discharged.
At her 2 month appointment, her pediatrician recommended adding cereal to 2 bottles of breastmilk each day. She had been gaining weight and eating all the time, but she was only in the 3rd percentile for weight. I love my pediatrician so much more for recommending this, instead of making me switch to formula. She barely gets any cereal, but she LOVES it.
Avery also definitely had some colic. By the time she turned 3 months old, she was completely over it. Since then, we haven’t had any issues! She gained almost 2 pounds in just a month! She’s so happy. She’s thriving.
These are some of the products I’d highly recommend to any nursing mom. I’d also recommend a lot of these to any momma, whether you’re nursing or formula feeding.