Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Baby Products

Favorite baby products, baby products, baby list
When I first starting registering for baby products I had no idea where to start! I am the first in my family, and friends to have a baby so I had no one to go to for advice. So I turned to the internet. I read blog after blog and watched hours of youtube videos to figure out what I should register for. Here is my list of "Must Haves" stay tuned for the things I registered for that we have never used!
1. Wubbanub
This pacifier is a favorite for a few reasons. Its super easy to find in the middle of the night, and there is no right side up (those are impossible when your super groggy). James adores the stuffed animal, now that he is more grabby he loves playing with the animal. He also can put it back in his own mouth!

2. Swing
When we registered for seats we didn't get any that moved on their own. We ended up getting the momaroo after 6 weeks and it has been great! I really wished we got it early on. You may not want to pay for the momaroo, but get some sort of swing that you don't have to move yourself. It will help put the baby to sleep early on.

3. Diaper Genie
A must in our book. We have a dog so we need a trashcan that keeps the diapers out of his reach and away from his scent lol.There have only been two days that I have actually been able to smell dirty diapers in James' room, for the most part it locks away the odor, and its easy to use and refill!

4. Music Player
Music is a must for us. James loves loves loves music! We have a record player in his room and flip on records when he is being changed. Any music player would work but it is fun to buy kids records for his collection. They have books on records too which will be really fun when he's a little older!

5. Car seat - stroller combo
We originally got a car seat before a stroller and so I was thinking of just getting a basic stroller, nothing fancy. I figured I wouldn't use a stroller that a car seat clipped into very often anyways. But in the end we got a stroller that our carseat could snap into and it is the best thing ever!! It is sooo easy to use, especially when you need to run into a store. I would suggest a combo over separates, in maybe pricy but you won't regret it!
What is your favorite baby product?

Friday, August 7, 2015

Our Journey with Supplementing

Supplementing, baby formula

Breastfeeding was something I was extremely scared about before having James. I didn't know much about it, and reading about pumping and schedules, ect. had me really overwhelmed. However I understand "breast is best" and it really is, there is tons of research to support this claim. So I wanted to at least try for the sake of my son.

One of my biggest dilemmas was how would I continue breastfeeding once I returned to work. I didn't want to "stock pile" milk, it was too much to think about on top of being a new mom. I also wasn't using my pump early on because I didn't want to overproduce. So before James was born I did tons of research on Supplementing with formula, my top googled item was literally "supplementing with formula". I figured that would be my best option. However there really isn't much out there on tips, if you join a community board and ask for opinions you will be chastised because "how dare you not want to breastfed your son!" So I want to share our supplementing experience with you in hopes that you have other options if your faced with the same dilemma as me.

How we Implemented:

We first introduced a bottle to James like a week before I went back to work. We started with breast milk to get him used to a bottle, then switched to formula. We actually had zero problems in this department, he just likes to eat, he doesn't mind the means by which it happens lolWhat about engorgement?

Everyone/everywhere warned me that I wouldn't be able to make it through a work day because I would become engorged and be in too much pain. While that was true early on, it is no longer an issue. Your body actually regulates your milk and the pains of "feeling full" go away after the first few weeks, I think I stopped "feeling full" around 2 months. To combat it in the early months I did have to pump while at work. I would go to my car around lunch and pump as much as possible. This helped me make it through the day for the early weeks. After a while I was no longer getting anything when I pumped because my body regulated so I was able to stop.How will it affect your supply?

You will loose your day supply, but I breastfeed whenever possible to get my supply up. One missed feeding here and there won't affect your supply so I try to breastfeed him on the weekends as close to 100%. I feel like this really helps keep my supply up since I can't feed on demand during the week.

What are some benefits of Supplementing?

James is hungry all of the time. If I hadn't had the backup of formula I am not sure how I would have made it through the day. Sometimes I try breastfeeding over and over and he is still fussy so then we can give him a 4oz bottle and I can keep my sanity. It is also really nice when we go out to have a bottle backup just in case, I always breastfeed him before we leave, but just in case. It is also really nice that other people can feed him, like his aunts or grandparents or dad. It is nice for me and they really enjoy it!

Be Confident in your Choice

It was kind of scary to start formula feeding. I was afraid of the judgement from others when I whipped out my formula in public. If it was an ideal world I would breastfeed 100%. Now that I have done it I totally understand the bond and benefit for my son, and all my early worries went away as soon as he was born :) It took me a little while to get over the hump of being embarassed of formula feeding. I know I have my son's best interests in heart when I made the decision, and looking back I know it was the best decision for us. I have been able to continue breastfeeding longer that I had ever thought. And even though James is used to formula, when I pick him up after work he is always ready for "mommy time." Which reasures me I made the right decision and he still prefers breastfeeding when around mom. The other thing that has helped is knowing that more people use formula than I thought. I have had plenty of people discuss feeding their babies and saying they gave formula and even in this day of all of these "loud" exclusive breastfeeders it is nice to know I am not alone in formula feeding. I always have to remind myself the internet is full of trolls lol and I have made the right decision for me and James.

I wish I could have read about other peoples positive experiences before James was born so I could have been more confident from the beginning, rather than reading over and over it wouldn't work, we had to choose one or the other. Almost 5 months in and we are still going strong!



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