Baby’s First Food: Beyond Breast Milk
Tessa is nearly 10 months old and I haven’t updated this story! Wow! Shame on me.
I recently revisited my posts on baby’s first foods: Breast milk Part 1, Part 2 & Part 3 as I have had several readers indicate that they really identified with them and appreciated them. Which led me to realize that I should update that story. Especially if it could bring another mother comfort and relief.
The truth of the story is that by 6 weeks of breastfeeding I gave up. I just couldn’t do it any longer. It, like with the first, was a tough decision for me but was definitely the right one to make. Remember, my children were only 16 months apart. As I mentioned in Part 3 I was spending A LOT of time not only breastfeeding but trying to relax and build my supply. Have you ever tried to relax while simultaneously taking care of a 17 month old? IMPOSSIBLE!
I came to the realization that I could be putting in all of this time and energy and may not increase my supply. It was too much. Not to mention that Tessa was spitting up most of my milk and was having an easier time with the formula. The minute I made the decision I felt relief. Tessa felt relief. My toddler felt relief. And everyone could stop tip-toeing around me.
I mention this now and look to update you on this situation for a couple of reasons.
- I am now having some solid-food issues with Tessa that I thought many of you with babies in that stage might be interested in. That conversation will be updated next week when I start talking about our transition to baby food several months ago.
- The Motherhood has been doing some great online chats for moms of very little ones. Be sure to check out the following:
Honestly, I shy away from writing about breastfeeding vs formula feeding because there is such a controversy out there. However, the side of me that wants moms experiencing difficulties to feel comforted and relief from guilt wins out. The fact of the matter is, we all might be able to breastfeed, but for some of us it comes with a high price of our time, patience, availability, etc. Resources I don’t always have at my disposal. Having raised two children on formula now, I am no less a mother than others. I am a mother who made the best decision for our situation and our family.
I appreciate those that are strong breastfeeding advocates and also appreciated the support I received during my struggles. I simply hope that this post and the following conversation are one that bring comfort to a struggling mother. Perhaps one faced with the same choices I was 9 months ago. It is a difficult one full of everyone’s expert opinions. But in the end, what matters is, is it what is right for YOU!