Three Years ago I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, I made the decision right away to breastfeed. At the time I was working at Picture Me portrait studios (chuckling to myself) that was before they closed their doors. After leaving the hospital my fiance and I had a deep discussion about me going to back to work or staying home with our precious bundle of joy. We both made the decision that I would stay home for the first year and we would decide where to go after that. As most breastfeeding moms know the beginning of the journey is tough to say the least. Breastfeeding my munchkin was the best thing I ever did, it in every aspect made me a better mother. Now to say that is not to bash other mothers who couldn’t or decided not to breastfeed, as mothers we do what we think is best for our child and for mine it was breastfeeding but for yours it could be formula. I have plenty of friends who have done both and I never judge.
My breastfeeding journey was just one step at a time, before I even left the hospital due to no help with breastfeeding I got a blister on my nip but I decided I wasn’t going to give up. After three days my milk came in and as breastfeeding moms know it can be painful you become engorged, your not sure on how to deal with because baby sleeps more that they eat. So my first step was making it 6 weeks, then 3 months, then 6 months now at this time I had people telling me what I was doing wrong because she was exclusively breastfed until 6 months and I never gave her baby rice or baby food. Luckily for me I had a strong support system with my fiance by my side and a great breastfeeding support group. My daughter started to eat food just like her dad and I had but with less seasonings and it worked for us. I also decided to allow her to breastfeed until she was ready not to do it anymore. People had their opinions but it wasn’t my concern, my concern was my child and breastfeeding was something that made her feel safe around strangers, that helped her when she was sick or couldn’t sleep.
She still ate regular food as she got older so it wasn’t just a breastfeeding diet, she still played she didn’t sit on my boob all day, she grew like any other child, she learned her colors & shapes before she was one, She knew how to count to 10 before she was 18 months and actually by 18 months she topped that with counting to 20. I breastfed her until this year actually I just stopped breastfeeding her when I found out I was pregnant again and I only did it because my milk dried up to get ready for the new baby. Now that I am pregnant again I am currently 16 weeks, I’m on the fence about whether or not I will breastfeed this child. Of course I want whats best for this child just like I did my daughter but things have changed I have a new job that demands more from me and I had so many problems with a pump when I breastfed my daughter. So now I have to decide if I am even comfortable enough to give my baby formula, I was never comfortable with it when my daughter was born there were so many people who tired getting me to just give her formula, you’ll be able to go out they’d say, she would be able to stay with other people even though she hadn’t hit 1 month yet, I’d always shut those people down because my daughter hell my children will always come before drinking and going out, I don’t care if I stare at the same four walls every day for as long as they need me I will always be there. I guess now my biggest question for myself is will I breastfeed my new baby or will I decide to do formula this time around!?!
Guess I have a lot to think about 🙂 but I know I’ll make the right decision. So while I sit back and make this decision lol here’s a little about why I created a blog.
I created this blog so I could reach people who go through the same things I do and who may not have the answers so they need a outside opinion. I am always open to answer true questions. I will cover anything from parenting, to makeup, to hair care honestly anything I feel like typing about you’ll see here 🙂 I love to write that’s one thing that makes me happy and keeps me stress free I put how I feel or what I have to say on paper or in this case in a blog. I am not the best at punctuation and where to stop a sentence and I am OK with that if others have a problem with it you don’t have to read my blog 🙂 I will always tell it like it is, if there is something you would like a review on let me know I’ll try my very best to review it for you. I am a mommy & a step mommy of two beautiful kiddos that mean the would to me and we will soon be welcoming another bundle of joy to our crazy bunch.
As a mommy & soon to be wife I am perfectly imperfect and I am just peachy with that ❤