March 3, 2018

The Perks of Being A Breastfeeder

I get comments all the time about "props to me for being able to breastfeed" and it always makes me giggle a little. Being able to breastfeed my kids is something that has come pretty naturally to me. Thankfully, I've been always been blessed by the milkmaid goddess with being able to produce a decent supply for my baby. But with breastfeeding there are always pros and cons. And I haven't always had the easiest time doing it, just easier than most.

With Cooper, I gave up breastfeeding after 4 months for multiple reasons. I was spending so much time pumping and feeding that I felt I didn't have any time to myself. Once I got back to work, keeping up my supply with pumping became increasingly difficult. I had just started a new job and had so much to get used to and learn. Stopping in the middle of my days to go pump became such a stressor that I stopped producing as much. After that began happening, and an upcoming summer full of weddings to attend, I decided to stop breastfeeding and switch to formula.

The obvious pros are the health benefits of breastmilk. I'm not going to go into them here, because that is just a debate I don't really want to start. But even outside of those debates, it's a great way to start a bond with new baby. Besides, have you seen the price of formula these days?! That is not something I want to get back into buying if I can avoid it.

The cons are pretty obvious but are also manageable for someone who really wants to breastfeed. Having a night out can be difficult if you like to have a few drinks like I do. I always find it difficult deciding if it's worth having a second drink and to pump & dump later, or if I should just suck it up and not drink at all. How does it affect my baby? Am I being selfish? These are the questions that run through my brain.

Whatever you choose to do as a mother, don't let anyone mom shame you into feeling like you are wrong. I always hear the phrase "breast is best" and I hate it. FED is best. If breast feeding is not something you feel comfortable doing, or can't do, don't ever feel guilty for choosing to formula feed instead. Plenty of us were formula fed and we aren't any less intelligent for it. Do you, mama!

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