Over the last few months, breastmilk has ruled my life! I pump a million times a day, and constantly worry if I am producing enough milk for my LO. BUT no more!
Here’s a quick little back story for those who haven’t read my previous posts. December 23, 2016 my daughter came into the world 10 weeks early because of my severe preeclampsia. After 50 days in the NICU, she is 100% healthy and beautiful!
Ever since she was born, I have been pumping breastmilk, however, my milk does not have enough calories to give her enough weight. Our doctor told us that we need to switch to exclusively using formula to fatten her up. It was difficult to hear that I was able to provide her with enough fat, but I have been trying to focus on the positive.
Since switching over to formula, she has put on nearly a pound in just a week! Yay! As for pumping, I have been weaning myself off the pump, and today is my first day without pumping! It’s incredible and terrifying at the same time. I didn’t expect so much guilt to come along with quitting, but I also have so much more time on my hands! I am learning that being a mom is all about conflicting emotions!
I don’t know if this is your first baby or not, but I’d consider myself a veteran mom- a 14 year old and an almost 7 year old. Take it from me- mom guilt is EVERYWHERE, it permeates into every part of your life. You did your best for your little one and you continue to do what’s best even if it wasn’t what you planned. Just say No to the guilt. Snuggle your sweetie while you give her her bottle, those days pass all too soon.
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I have noticed Mom Guilt is everywhere!! I never expected that!
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Everywhere – working mom vs stay at home, formula vs breastmilk, vaccines vs no vaccines, homeschool, private school public school and as they age – dating, ear piercing, curfew, sleepovers it goes on and on…. so take it from me- some crazy lady you’ve never met, make the decision that’s best for YOUR family, own it, know you made the best decision with the information you had at the time and block your ears and say lalalalalallalala when the mom guilters start talking.