This week’s topic for #BumpMonth is Breastfeeding.
I think I have a somewhat unique experience as I formula fed my first and breastfeed my second. I’ve written about this a few times so here’s a little excerpt from a review I published here last year:
I formula fed my first son when he was an infant. I walked into the hospital at 41 weeks and if someone had stopped me and asked me if I was going to breastfeed or formula feed as I was walking in, I would have responded, “I’m going to try and breastfeed and see how it goes.” But I didn’t know much and after a horrible first time delivery that ended up in an emergency c-section, I gave up breastfeeding after two weeks.
When my second son was born in 2006, I was a little better prepared. He was breastfed until he was 11 months old. It was easy.
While I have two totally healthy and happy children and I don’t believe in regrets, I do often wonder if I would have made it beyond two weeks with Nate had I been given more breastfeeding support. But I didn’t know that I needed to get it. I had cans of formula, I was depressed and breastfeeding was hard, so it seemed like an obvious path.
While I find nothing wrong with formula feeding, I do wish for every new Mom that they could receive as much support as possible to make the breastfeeding choice. To know that, hell yah, it’s really hard in the beginning – but if you power through it, it gets easier. It may not work out for everyone – and everyone has to do their best to do what’s right for both their baby and themselves but I wholeheartedly feel that making the effort and having the support in the beginning is key.
I wanted to add too that besides the obvious better choice health-wise, I think in the end breastfeeding can be so much easier on Mom too. It was for me. I got more sleep when I breastfeed since I was the bottle. Getting up with Nate to get a bottle, heat up the formula, etc ended up being much more a hassle than when you’re a walking milk machine. And of course going out is the same – I loved not having to lug around a bunch of supplies when it was Cole’s turn. (Other than a nursing cover. Which I will also note was huge for me as I’m a modest person and having a cover made it possible for me to comfortably nurse in public. But I digress…)
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