Hello my loves! I’ve been MIA for so long… I know! And I’m working on a blog post that chronicles the adventures we’ve been on the past few weeks… but before that, real quick, I wanted to put together a post about something that’s been on my mind.
This week is World Breastfeeding Week. Which is a week and cause that I applaud, respect, and support more than anything. I was a 100% breastfeeding mama for almost 8 months of Crosby’s life. I worked really hard for it. I cried, laughed, scheduled, bled, pumped, smiled, hurt, cursed, and adored breastfeeding. I loved it and I hated it. And I did it for as long as my body would allow me to. Which was approximately 7 months and 20 days, at which point, my milk peaced out. For no other reason than my body was just done producing milk. We’d had a relatively tough time with BF from the get go, and at the end Crosby preferred bottles more than my tator tots/I wasn’t responding to pumping as well/I struggled a lot with it blah blah blah. The bottom line is, I did it for as long I could. At which point we started supplementing with formula, and eventually moved on to formula only. Which was an emotionally tough transition, for me. I definitely had moments when I felt like I was failing Crosby by not being able to give him what he needed. But you know what I came to realize? Crosby is happy and healthy. And I have formula to thank for that.
So yah… breastfeeding is amazing, but I guess formula is pretty cool, too.
Listen though, loud and clear. I am so supportive and encouraging of anyone and everyone that can breastfeed. But everyone’s journey with it is different. I did it for 7.7825 months, or whatever. Some women do it for 2 months, some women 5 years, some women… never. And you know what? It’s all ok. We should all be proud of what we do for our babies.
I think the thing that struck me the most this week, World Breastfeeding Week, beyond the pride for my fellow BF mamas who give so much of themselves for their littles, is that we formula-feeding mamas deserve some loving too. Not any more or any less, but we do deserve the same amount of support and love.
So this post goes out to ALL the mamas, breastfeeding, formula-feeding, whatever! We are all doing the best we can for our little people. We all deserve the recognition for what it takes to raise a tiny human. So great job, ladies, gentleman, boobies, and bottles. You’re all rockstars.