Next week marks an important milestone in my son’s life, he’ll be turning 4 months old! I really can not believe how fast time has gone by, but with the passing of time comes many new developments. One of those will include the introduction to fumula and food.
I know what you’re thinking….Why are you stopping at only four months? Well let me break it down for you. When I decided to breastfeed my baby, the goal I set for myself was at least 4 months, 6 months if possible. I met my goal so I am very satisfied that I was able to nourish my baby from the breast for that long because I only lasted a few weeks with my daughter.
If you read my previous post about FMLA I discussed how I was going back to work which plays a major role in breastfeeding. Yes, I was able to use the hour designated for my lunch to pump and took an additional break, but it was stressful worrying about if I was going to produce enough milk for him, when I would be able to get out the classroom to pump, and it was especially hard dedicating those times to just pumping and not seeing him.
This also had an effect at home because I mostly fed him directly or pumped bottles if I needed a mini break (it was hard to get a real break because he ate nonstop!). In the middle of the night I was feeding, at the break of dawn, and before bed. It felt really overwhelming, to say the least. My husband assisted as much as he could, but the fear of my supply decreasing by bottle use scared me!
So I have decided to give my son formula to supplement my breast milk. What’s wrong with having another source of nurishment for your child? I am well aware of the plethora of benefits that breastfeeding has for baby, but it also takes a lot of time, dedication, and employer support to successfully do so.
To me, breastfeeding is a special time for baby and Mommy to interact. If that time is interrupted or constrained it makes the process that much harder. I hope that you will be able to breastfeed for as long as possible, it’s a really beautiful thing and the healthiest option for your baby.
So many moms want to breastfeed their children for longer, but can’t. The way our society and work system is set up isn’t conducive for this special time between mom and baby. Moms take off from work, leave work, or stop working all together just to be with their child(ren). Tell me how this is fair and who does it benefit?
America, let’s do better! Moms, let’s stand united for our babies!