Chronicles of a Completely Unperfect Mom

May 28, 2009

I am Superwoman!

Filed under: My Little Man — Mom @ 1:21 pm
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We’ve all heard that breastfeeding is best for babies.  Although I agreed with this, I allowed myself to cave when my daughter was an infant and first “supplement” and eventually wean completely when her system didn’t like foods that I couldn’t see living without.  Now, four years later, I feel like that was a crappy-mom move.  I cheated her out of all those benefits.  At the same time, she’s a happy, healthy almost four year old, so I’m not going to beat myself up over it.

Today, I received a bit of reassurance and an unexpected ego-boost, RJ had his two week appointment.  When we were discharged from the hospital, he weighed six pounds two ounces.  Today, exactly two weeks after he was born, he’s up to seven pounds even and he’s grown half an inch.  I DID THAT!!!  As corny as it sounds, I’m damned proud of myself for getting him off formula completely as soon as the jaundice cleared up.  We could have easily “supplemented” again so he’d stay full longer and sleep longer stretches at night, but we didn’t.  I could have thrown in the towel when it seemed like he wasn’t getting enough, I didn’t.  I could have mistakenly thought I wasn’t producing enough when I could only pump an ounce or two, but I assured myself that what you pump isn’t the same as what baby eats.

Because I didn’t give up this time, my little man is growing like a weed!  Now, I’ll have to re-visit this post when he wants to cluster feed in the middle of the night and I have to get up early for work or something!

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2 Comments »

  1. I felt the same way after giving up with my first son at 6 weeks. With my second son, he’s 5 months old now and 100% breastfed, it feels great!

    Comment by Angela — May 28, 2009 @ 8:15 pm | Reply

  2. That’s wonderful! So glad to hear that breastfeeding is working out for you both better this time. I remember feeling that sense of satisfaction of providing for my baby. It’s priceless.

    Comment by Momisodes — May 29, 2009 @ 9:00 am | Reply


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