Written by Angela
Both of my kids started out as breastfed babies. My husband and I decided that that was the way we wanted to raise our children. We never decided how long they would be breastfed, but we knew we wanted to start there.
While I had some small trials at the beginning with my first born daughter, things started to progress and she and I took to breastfeeding well and quickly. When my daughter was 4 months old, my husband and I attended a wedding. Leaving bags of pumped breastmilk and a bottle with my daughter at my parent’s place, we prepped ourselves for an evening out. We were gone for about 5 hours and during that time, my daughter refused to eat for my parents. We thought it was because she didn’t want the bottle. When I came back, I was more than ready to have her nurse. Imagine my surprise when she refused! After fighting with her for about 10 minutes, I took the bottle that my mom had tried to feed my daughter with and presented it to her. She latched on to it and downed the whole thing! From that day on, she refused to nurse and insisted on the bottle.
My son was a different story. He figured out the breastfeeding thing right out of the gate. No latching issues and was a quick eater. The problem started around his 2 week old mark. This little bundle of joy wanted to eat every 1 1/2 hours — around the clock. That meant I would feed him, change him, get him back to sleep, and fall into bed, only have to do it all over again in an hour. Add that to recovering from a c-section where I lost a lot of blood and taking care of a 2 year old, this mama was exhausted! At my sons 6 week appointment, we talked to his doctor who suggested that he may just not be getting enough nutrients from the breastmilk. There were other options, but my husband and I decided that bottle feeding was the way to go. From that first bottle, my son started going 3-4 hours in between feedings.
In both cases, we were thankful that Playtex had great products available for us to continue giving our children what was the best for them. Playtex wants you to succeed in being able to give your baby what is right for you and them, so they are always changing their bottles and nipples to provide the best that new technology has to offer.
How was your journey between breast and bottle? Did you breastfeed or bottle feed exclusively? Or did you supplement with both?
Disclosure: I receive special perks as a part of my affiliation with the Playtex Mom Trust program.
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