I realize that I'm stepping into controversial territory writing this post, but I feel like I have been completely surrounded by this topic recently.
The other day at the library I pulled out a bottle to feed Declan and a complete stranger ask me why I wasn't nursing my baby and continued to give a list of reasons why I should. Immediately, I wanted to roundhouse kick her in the face. I didn't even want to give her an explanation, because why does it matter and why is it any of her business?!!
A little back story...Declan has been a great eater from the get go. However, quickly the stress of extreme engorgement and an overactive letdown got to me. Trust me when I say that I tried everything I could to solve the problem, but it just wasn't getting resolved and my stress level was rising at a rapid pace. Every feeding was stressful for both me and the baby. So to make a long story short, I gave up nursing and now I solely pump. Things have been much better even though I'm still trying to figure out how to manage it all. The main thing is that I'm happier and I feel like the stress I had when nursing was affecting my relationship with Declan.
All I'm saying regarding feeding your baby is different strokes for different folks...and it should be 100% respected by all mom's. Cause really truly, being a mom is hard regardless of how you are feeding your baby. I don't even know who reads this besides my mom, but no matter what method of feeding you use for your baby, don't feel guilty and do what works for you. End rant.
Henley hung her elastics on my eyelashes for two days straight any time I fed Declan. Weird...yes.
One perk of pumping, is Henley and Richard have the chance to feed him.