Tuesday, June 12, 2012

New Mommy Decisions Decisions...breastfeeding yay or Nay

No matter what the differences are between new moms, we all have to decide how we'll nourish & feed our new bundle of joy.  Formula feed or breastfeed? Strictly nursing or bottle feeding? Supplementing or no supplementing??  It can be confusing and, for some, quite intimidating to settle in on what their final decision is regarding these choices..especially with formula ads in all those parents mags, babycenter emails and doctor's office ads.  Then there are the pushy lactation specialists in the hospital and their pushy veteran breastfeeding mom proteges.  Like I said it's confusing.  Well, unless you approach your pregnancy knowing already what your choice is. Personally, I chose to breastfeed.

Let me just keep it real and put it on out there that I chose to breastfeed for no other reason than all I need to feed my baby is within me & FREE FREE FREE!

While I chose breastfeeding, I did NOT choose to nurse my baby & that was my choice to make just like yours is your choice to make!  I chose to express my breast milk with a double electric Medela pump, store it in bottles or in the freezer in storage bags and feed my baby that way. This way I did not have to be around everytime my baby needed to be fed.  My baby got the benefits of breast milk but I got the benefit of the freedom that is usually afforded only by bottle feeding.

It was difficult at first while still on the hospital that 48 hours.  We supplemented while trying to get baby to latch on to stimulate milk production.  Trying to get her to latch on was quite the difficult task so I stopped! Yes, I stopped much to the dismay of those pushy lactation specialists. I stopped trying to latch her and fed her similac formula while pumping my breast to stimulate milk production and it worked like a charm...milk milk milk was everywhere!  After that first week alone I had enough milk stored for a whole month probably!

As previously mentioned, I chose to express my milk & bottle feed my baby.  I will admit expressing can be time consuming, but with a double pump I was pumping enough for two to three feedings everytime I pumped! I thought that was just wonderful! Nursing would have only allowed me to feed my baby for that feeding.

Needless to say, I later established a latch with my little one & she may nurse from time to time...but I stand my decision to express my milk! I also stand by breast being BEST for our little ones.  Every other animal does it & humans should too.

Mommy's body is baby's natural habitat & therefore the best source of your baby's nutrients.  There is something to be said about that.  There will never be a recall on breast milk! It's free & lasts much longer than formula when storing.

Breast is BEST but your choice is YOUR choice!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Pretty in Pink @ 3 months

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Bashful @ 2 months...

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Lol in distress at 1 month...

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One week old...

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The debut...

This is our princess, her highness, Trinity Noelle at birth weighing in at 6lbs, 5ounces, 20 inches on 2/19/2012.

I am late with this post but I have figured out my post birth direction for this blog.

Baxk track almost 4 months...birth was, FORTUNATELT, BRIEF! Although I had no drugs, by the time it was time to push the princess out, all I felt was an overwhelming ball of pressure not pain.  My labor started Friday with mild contractions that led to a couple of hospital visits for false labor.  HOWEVER, early one Sunday morning (lol) ish got real & the pain showed no mercy! I left the hospital for the last time at about 7am on the 19th, went home to nap, awakened at about 9:30am wondering who was trying to kill me I was in so much rapidly progressing pain!

I arrived at the hospital around 10:40a & baby was born at 11:13am!!!

Needless to say the rest is happy history! I shall catch you up with my MOMformation! Stay tuned!

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Monday, May 14, 2012


My first Mother's Day was wonderful!

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Monday, January 30, 2012

No, I cannot remember when I took the pictures.  It was sometime during the first week of January!  I was so excited!  It took me awhile to actually gain a belly from being pregnant.  Therefore, I am actually happy about the fullness of my belly and those wonderful "tiger stripes" on my hips.  Of course that isn't how I really feel about the stretch marks, but pregnancy is wonderul.  Mine has been awesome and easy!!  So, yes, the little girl I confirmed in the last post will be named Trinity Noelle after months of going back and forth with daddy about our name choices.

The clock is a ticking and we are down to the wire.  I am due between February 19th and 24th and every report has been a positive one.  My pregnancy has been easy as mentioned before.  For those things, I thank God because this can be a stressful time without the added stresses of difficulties.  I just can't wait to see, hold, smell, and love on my baby girl!!