We’ve entered into week 3 of the 5 Moyers (Macon counts, right?!).
This is when he was our one and only. Can you tell he’s amused?
So things have really changed around here. I was initially ashamed to admit this because I know it’s NOT the GOLD STANDARD and it’s NOT what everyone is doing… but now I realize it’s the best choice for little Miss S so I’m standing strong behind my decision.
I’m all dried up… sorry for the men reading this.
Let’s backtrack. With Gentry, I wasn’t producing nearly enough and she wasn’t even in the 1% on the weight chart for the first 3 months of her life. The lactation lady made me try EVERY SINGLE THING UNDER THE SUN (so if you need suggestions, just ask) but nothing worked. She eventually told me to give it up. I had no choice. And the second I did, Gentry plumped up onto the 25% on the weight charts… woot woot!
With Sutton, I was proactive. I started pumping after every feeding in the hospital, taking Brewer’s Yeast and eating lots of healthy fats (yum). However, when we got home from the hospital, pumping with a 2 year old after every feeding (or anything feeding for that matter) was a no-go. But, I didn’t feel my supply dropping. In fact, Sutton gained great weight.
Like I mentioned in my first update… I LOATHE breastfeeding. There is NOTHING natural about it to me, but, being the nutrition specialist that I am, I knew that his was the best thing for her. So, I kept hating every single one of the 9+ feedings a day. Finally, I had enough reserve to start feeding her a few bottles when Justin was home and I pumped. Sutton decided the bottle was far less work than the boob, so she started whaling every time I tried to nurse her. She wouldn’t eat, she just screamed GIVE ME THE BOTTLE. No, really. Moyer girls are advanced … or lazy!
It didn’t take much to convince me to just go straight to the bottle. But, again, pumping with a 2 year old = impossible for me. So after much research, we are switching Sutton to Earth’s Best organic formula.
Yes, it’s going to be more expensive. Yes, it’s not the “gold standard.” It is (from what I’ve found) the closest formula to our breastmilk (made from whey proteins vs casein) and it’s organic. We fed Gentry Enfamil, which had a God-awful smell to it. This actually smells good… ok not good, but neutral.
The guilt I feel… yes I am embarrassed that I only made it three weeks this time around nursing. Yes I am embarrassed to pull out powder and mix when I see all my friends nursing and having no issues. Yes I am embarrassed to admit me (the nutritionista) is feeding my daughter something genetically engineered. Yes I am scared to tell the doctor that I’ve switched over. Yes I am annoyed to clean all those bottles.
But I’m posting this in an effort to be UNembarrassed about these things. Breast is best, but it’s not the only thing we provide our infants. There are so many other important things I feel like I can actually look forward to doing now that I’m not dreading every 2-3 hour feeding. Happy mama = happy kiddos.
Not to mention, the grandmas LOVE being able to help out in this department.
While I’m not advocating ditching the boob, I am advocating being OK with it. We have too many pressures in life as moms, as long as we are nourishing our babies, that doesn’t need to be another one of them.
Now, please kindly remind me of this as I head onto the next 11+ months of formula feeding in a world of breasters!
How do you feel about breastfeeding?
If you use formula, which one?