Mommy Wars are a big thing these days. They seem to be popping up on more and more topics. Breastfeeding vs. Formula, Circumcision vs. Uncircumcised, Vaccinations vs. Anti-Vaxers and I’m sure I could go on and on. I have opinions on all of these things, I could share them with you but the only person I can assure they are right for it me. Every mom has to face decision-making on a daily basis with their littles and they can only do what is right for their family.
The Mister and I are both RNs, if you didn’t know that tidbit about us. We have chosen to educate ourselves, chose a Pediatrician we trust and agree with and go from there. This post is about my own personal Mommy War, the mommy war I have with just myself. We have had some issues with breastfeeding, Baby D struggled with latching, we used a nursing shield and pumping. It wasn’t easy but after we came home from the hospital we exclusively used breast milk. At one point we had almost 150 ounces of frozen milk stocked up. I felt like we would never use that milk. Then Baby D got bigger and you know what bigger babies do? They eat more! Over about a months time we went through all of the frozen milk stash, I wasn’t able to an equal amount to replenish the stash. Fast forward to this weekend. I’ve had some anxiety and stress about this, you know my own mommy war. We are going to have to use some formula…
We’ll see how it goes, I hope that Baby D likes it. I won the mommy war, I can to understand that what has to be done to win is whatever is best for your baby. We are using as much breast milk as possible and Baby D has gotten to have 4 months of exclusive nursing. This is what we need to do for him now as he grows. Other moms may use formula exclusively, it may or may not been their first chose, but for reasons that are their own they are doing what they feel is best for their little.
Now, I’m fighting the whole way, I’ve been doing everything I know to increase my milk production. Taking Fenugreek supplement, chugging water like a crazy person (I love my Eddy Camelbak Water bottle with custom monogram sticker). pumping after every nursing session and while I’m at work, and eating one of these yummy lactation cookies from Milkin Cookies everyday. No sure if it is working yet, but I will keep you up to date!
Did you have any personal mommy wars? How did you power through them?