So I’ve decided to explain why I’m personally against switching to formula. Keep in mind that I’m not against formula-feeding, and I’m not bashing those who don’t breastfeed; This is my personal stance on the subject. My heart breaks a little more each time Audrey screams during a feeding, every time I’m unsuccessful at pumping, and every time she starts to fuss before my supply builds back up. This isn’t because of the mere fact that I don’t want to feed my baby formula, it’s because it strengthens the bond that I only want to grow stronger. Since I’ve been breastfeeding Audrey her whole life, it feels natural to us both, and I can’t imagine what it would be like to instantly switch to formula-feeding. Breastmilk does contain natural antibodies that protects the baby from potential illnesses, protects the baby from SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome), and it’s easily digested. Breastfeeding does have a lot of benefits although formula feeding is just as safe. My supply is increasing more and more each day, and here’s how:
- I eat more
- I drink more
- I pump more
- I BLOCK OUT ALL NEGATIVITY
If you’ve ever heard about how stress lowers your milk supply, believe it. I know how difficult it is to ignore all of the negative things that somehow make their way into your life, but if I can do it, you can do it. You just have to realize that life is too short to let people/things bring you down. So find out what exactly is causing you stress, and eliminate it. You’ll be glad you did.
Proud Mom Moment: Audrey’s starting to lift her head up while on her belly! It’s so exciting to watch her grow. I’ve never known anything to be as bittersweet as being a parent; No one ever wants their kids to grow up, but I just have to keep reminding myself that it’s a good thing, and kids are supposed to grow!!!
*** I’m trying to prepare myself for when Audrey begins teething. I already have frozen & silicone teethers and a teething toothbrush. Please comment/email/message me if you found teething beads/necklaces or gels that were helpful.
Thanks for reading! Be on watch for another post this weekend! 🙂