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It’s time to talk about a subject that for me, is probably the most controversial thing I’ve written about on my blog. I try to stay away from the hot topics, but this is one that really doesn’t deserve the hot-tempered responses that it will sometimes get, and moms certainly don’t need any more guilt than they already have; yet for some reason, this topic can leave us feeling MEGA mom guilt. So, let’s talk about it with ZERO guilt here:
Breastfeeding vs Formula Feeding
Here’s my story:
When my daughter was born, I intended on breastfeeding. While I was pregnant, it seemed like just a box to check. Am I going to breastfeed? Yes. Done. Next question? When she was born and had the perfect latch, according to several lactation consultants, I was ecstatic. My baby had it going on, knew what she was doing, and we were all set. When she had lost 10% of her body weight in a couple days, and my boobs were raw, bloody, and I literally cried when she latched, I about lost my sanity. Another consultant later, and we realized it wasn’t her. It was me.
This topic still makes me cry (in fact I’m crying writing it right now, but I’ll blame that on my pregnancy hormones with Baby #2).
When you have your heart set on doing something that you perceive is the BEST that can be given to your child, and you can’t do it, it’s heartbreaking. Our doctor recommended Enfamil®, and we started supplementing right away. At one point, I was formula feeding, breastfeeding and pumping, in this psychotic trifecta of raging post-partum hormones, and never felt worse about myself.
Somehow or another, I remember having this epiphany (probably thanks to my poor husband who literally had to sit there without any ways to comfort his emotionally-crazed wife) that no matter what, our daughter was fed, and she was fine. She was an amazing sleeper. An amazing eater. An amazing pooper. She was happy. She was loved. And finally, somehow, I was able to let go of the guilt—slowly—that my breasts wouldn’t function properly.
I trusted Enfamil® because it was what was recommended to me, but once I saw the results of my child gaining weight and being perfectly fine, I was a believer.
This time around, I’ve promised myself that I won’t be as emotionally unstable as I was the first time. I know that each time can be different—I mean, who knows, this time I might be a cow! But, I’m not counting on it. I am however, counting on my emotions to hopefully be stabilized sooner given the experience from my FIRST post-partum experience. I know that I trust Enfamil® to deliver the same quality results we had the first time. This time, I plan to play it by ear, but if we need to switch to formula, we’ll be using the new Enfamil NeuroPro™ formula, which is the first formula that has an exclusive MFGM and DHA blend for brain building benefits similar to those of breast milk*.
Enfamil® is dedicated to understanding the nutritional benefits of breast milk, and NeuroPro™ is born of that dedicated focus. It makes me feel good to know that the company I’m choosing to feed my child is so invested in the quality and performance of their product, and that they realize how important it is to come as close to breastmilk as possible, for those of us that can’t make it happen for ourselves.
To any moms struggling with what I struggled with, nothing anyone says can help make you feel better—so to you, I just send some huge hugs. Realize that getting your baby fed is what matters most—even if right now you feel lost, like I did. If you’re struggling and need some mom-chat, feel free to email me; I’m always happy to share some positive comments and thoughts; because that’s what we should be doing as moms: supporting each other!!
If you’re interested in learning more about Enfamil®, visit here or call 1-800-BABY-123 (1-800-222-9123)for more information and to request a free sample!
*In amounts supported by clinical research. As measured by Bayley cognitive scores.
This is sponsored by Enfamil® Infant Formula.