My oldest son is 7. He was mostly formula-fed from birth, and completely formula-fed from about 7 weeks of age.Given the person I am now, the breastfeeding advocate and educator, who has successfully breastfed three subsequent children, sometimes I look back and can't quite believe he wasn't breastfed. But his birth and my experience with him is what made me so passionate about birth and breastfeeding in the first place.But why wasn't he breastfed?...more
Breastfeeding has a subtle but incredible effect on me: It makes me addicted to my baby. I've never thought about it in those terms before, but now that I'm on my third nursling, I actually noticed this pattern. When I'm agitated or upset, the first thing I do is seek out my baby and go cuddle with him, and nurse him if he's willing.
We took a 6-day road trip at the end of December with our four boys, ages 7, 5, 2, and 2 months. We traveled from the Bay Area, California, to Las Vegas via Yosemite and Death Valley, then from Vegas on to our old stomping grounds near San Diego, and from there back home to the Bay Area. It was a great trip, and the boys did very well in the car....more
I love that I don't have to worry about packing bottles when I go out, or making one in the middle of the night.I hate wondering if I'm eating enough, drinking enough, consuming too much caffeine, causing her gas, if she's getting enough nutrients, or if she would just freaking cry less if she were drinking formula.I love that I stuck through the rough first 6 weeks and can be proud of myself for that feat....more
I haven't talked about in-depth or in any real way is how breastfeeding affects me as a person, the way we manage regular life tasks (eating out, shopping, etc.), the way I parent, or my evolution as a breastfeeding mother. This is the post that will cover all these things. Hopefully, whether you're considering breastfeeding, haven't breastfed, want to breastfeed, are in the midst of breastfeeding, or simply wonder what breastfeeding is really like, this post will help.The truth is, I've had ups and downs. For a period of time I thought my downs weren't going to end....more
With my second and third babies, I intended to pump milk and build a freezer stash so that the baby could have a bottle once in a while if my husband and I went out. What I found was there's not much time or motivation to pump when you're with your baby 24/7, since preparing a bottle is more trouble than just putting baby to breast, and when exactly are you supposed to pump when you have to feed your baby every couple of hours?...more
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