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Back to Breastfeeding...Bye Bye Bottle

After more than two weeks of pumping eight times a day so that I could bottle feed Tazzy breast milk, I'm thrilled to say that I've started breastfeeding again. I had stopped because it was unbelievably painful as a result of Thrush (nipple yeast infection) I had developed. I can't begin to describe the pain -- super sore nipples that felt like a needle was shooting through. I'm still healing but I just couldn't take pumping anymore and the benefits that I've seen in just the past 24 hours far outweigh the pain that I know will eventually go away. I think this is one of those, "what a Mother will do for her child" things.

Although I will be mostly breastfeeding I still plan to give the bottle to Tazzy at least once a day so that I'm not the sole provider of food. Can you imagine if I was the only person who could feed her? I'd be her personal milk making machine. Plus I think it's nice when Daddy had a chance to feed too. Even nicer when Daddy and Mommy want to go out on a date night and Grandma or Grandpa need to feed her.

I'm seeing that Tazzy is much more calm and satiated after feedings. This may be because it takes her longer to feed. Let's just say she has mastered the art of chugging a bottle...I hope this doesn't translate to chugging other types of bottles later on in life :). Last night when she woke up for her middle of the night feeding she ate and fell right back to sleep. Much different from bottle feeding where she'd stay up for one to two hours after. Plus, bottle feeding is so damn scientific! Approximately 3oz every two hours. I found this frustrating... not really knowing if Tazzy was getting enough or not. I'm much more confident she's getting enough with breastfeeding because she let's me know when she's had enough by pulling away.

And I have so much more time!! I was pumping every three hours, which meant prepping to pump every 2.5 hours, and then pumping and then cleanup. All in all I was spending 3+ hours a day pumping. Then there is bottle feeding. I was bottle feeding Tazzy every two hours, which means filling bottles, warming bottles and cleaning bottles. Aye-aye-aye, I'm tired just thinking about it!

Anyway, just wanted to share my excitement for being able to breastfeed again! It's only been two days but my life has already gotten so much better! I'm really glad that I stuck with breastfeeding but don't get me wrong...there were many times I wanted to throw it all out the window. I'm really glad i didn't.

Oh and I love my Madela Sleep Maternity & Breastfeeding Bra. It makes feeding at night super easy! I wear one during the day too because they're just so comfy! 

Reader Comments (2)

"Can you imagine if I was the only person who could feed her?"

Yes I can. I haven't been very successful at pumping so little Mo has only had 3-4 bottles in total. The remaining feedings have all come from mommy. It is a little frustrating but I also keep thinking, "This is temporary so I want to enjoy this intimate time with him." Still, I hope to find a little more success with the pump. It is my goal this week!

And the bottle chugging metaphor. Funny!

August 17, 2010 | Registered CommenterNatali

As a father -- and more importantly in this case a husband -- breastfeeding, and the difficulties that many women experience represent a truly helpless feeling. I can recall wanting to help both my wife and take care of my daughter and being unable to be more than support. Sure I could be there for my wife in any way she needed and take the bottle feedings whenever possible, but I couldn't "make things better".

It amazes me, looking back on the first six to nine months with our first two children when they were breastfeeding or taking expressed bottles, how much that topic dominated the landscape of our early parenthood challenges.

Breastfeeding and everything that comes with it is truly a labor of love. In some way, maybe nature intends it to be so -- establishing up front the lengths that a parent will go to for their new child and reinforcing that parental bond for the newborn. Nature is tricky like that ;)

August 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTim

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