Hi friends! Happy Thursday.
Our family is OH, SO excited to spend the holidays with both of our families. We’re praying that every little person stays healthy, so we can celebrate with everyone. Cross your fingers for us and I’ll cross my fingers for all of you. ☺
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Y’all know I shoot it to you straight. I’m just going to say it: I don’t LOVE breastfeeding. Gasp. Did she just say that?!
I do love my baby more than words. And I do love elements of breastfeeding: I’m able to provide him nourishment, cuddle up to him and make him feel happy and full.
Maybe we’ll turn a corner when things are less demanding, but I’m still not sure I’ll drop the L-bomb about the subject. When I reflect back on my 14-month journey with Maxwell, I did feel sad when it was over. I cried. But, I think those feelings were because my little baby was growing up and not because I was no longer his food source.
Of course, I’ll keep y’all updated about the subject, but I wanted to share my feelings. I thought maybe some of you might feel the same. Let you know that it is OKAY to feel like this and you don’t have to feel like a less-than mama or a less-than breastfeeder.
I have learned to stay positive about the journey because I do know how fast the time goes and the nourishment I’m providing him. So I’m not going to wish away a second of being Trey’s mama cow.
Bottles of Freedom and Breastmilk
Breastfeeding can sure be demanding! Newborns love to eat and eat often. Just when you think they might just be satisfied, they’ll throw you a nice little cluster of feedings. This means mama is needed pretty darn often in the beginning.
My glimmer of hope during those newborn days is that we introduced bottles around one month as suggested by our lactation consultant and pediatrician. Since I will be heading back to my nursing job in February, we want to make sure Trey is comfortable with a bottle well ahead of time.
To make it a smooth transition we used Playtex Baby™ Nurser with Drop-Ins® Liners. The pre-sterilized liner gently collapses as the baby feeds which mimics mama’s breast. This allows the baby to use the same suck and swallow rhythm that they do during breastfeeding. Perfect for mamas like me that want to continue breastfeeding and introduce a bottle, while not confusing their little one. This has worked great for us and Trey is taking bottles like a champ.
Because this is our second babe, I wanted to offer some tips and perks of a breastfeeding baby being able to take a bottle:
Practice: Practice means improvement. Drew and I try to give Trey one bottle a day, so he can continue to practice his bottle taking skills. Especially if you are going back to work, make this part of your regular routine and stick to it! I’ve heard from many of my nanny friends that even a few days of the baby not practicing can throw a wrench in any progress made.
Daddy bonding: Dad might love the bonding of feeding time too! Trey sweetly snuggles into the feeder and even makes eye contact now. This melts Drew’s heart and gives the special time together where everyone is happy and calm. 😉
Persistence: Maxwell went through PLENTY of bottle rejection. Meaning, he would refuse to drink from the bottle. Even when the babies are little, they’re pretty darn smart. Max knew if he went on a bottle strike long enough he would eventually get mama. Drew and I still kept at it because it was important for him to get it down before daycare. A lot of times it took me leaving the house, so we didn’t have any other choice but to get him to take the good stuff from the bottle. Max’s daycare (which will be Trey’s daycare too) is also awesome and I loved to tell myself that it wasn’t their first rodeo with a baby rejecting a bottle. The persistence by everyone paid off and Max was eventually guzzling my expressed breast milk. This makes me feel more confident the second time around and maybe it will ease your mind too!
FREEDOM: I love that this gives me one break from nursing Trey. Although I have to pump the breastmilk, it is nice to have a break from ONE nursing session. A lot of times we’ll use this as a way to get me a mama break or uninterrupted workout in
The Fresh Stuff: In the beginning, I pump the breastmilk and we give it to Trey right away. This makes it easiest on everyone involved and lets us find our rhythm.
I hope this post helps you get into your bottle giving groove! Just like most elements in parenting, it should get easier over time.
Have a great weekend!