Re: Exclusively pumping moms
posted at 1/15/2013 2:56 PM EST
Congratulations on your new baby! This is a wonderful and exhausting and challenging time, just full of surprises, right?
I had some similar experiences and I know it can be so hard. I just want to tell you that whatever feeding path you choose, your baby will be fine. They will be cute, and smart, and bonded and healthy, no matter what you feed them. I speak from mothering experience here.
It can be hard to think clearly right now, with your own expectations and the pressure and questions from other people, etc. It's such an emotional time and decision, but the good news is, you have two good options.
I EP'd with my first for two months, and really did not enjoy it at all. Even though I tortured myself about it, supplementing with formula turned out to be a great option for my family. Formula feeding allowed me, and also my husband to really relax and enjoy the baby, instead of stressing about BF.
I was determined to nurse the second and when that didn't work out, I was glad to know that formula was a viable alternative. In both cases, I was reassured by pediatric nurses, who were also mothers, that this was a perfectly good choice. Even if it was a difficult, or unexpected one.
I know that BFing moms may have different opinions, but I just want you to know that you have options, and every mother's choices should be respected and supported. I also found that once I made peace with my own choices, those other voices faded a bit.
You'll find your own "mommy voice" soon, and gain confidence in your decisions. Enjoy those cuddles!