Saturday, February 13, 2010

A Great Quote

This is going to be a quick update because... I got that stupid stomach bug :( So far JD hasn't gotten it and we are still praying that he doesn't. Well, because I got sick I was going to stop breast feeding, its hard to run to the bathroom when you are feeding. I talked to a lactation consultant and she said as long as I pump once a day I will keep my supply. Okay. Knowing that I am having milk supply issues already I decided that I would pump as much as I could. I have pretty much been doing every feeding, except the middle of the night one. My supply is WAY down, it has taken me a whole day to get a bottle for him which is 4oz. So okay, but Isaac ended up not going to work this week because of this stupid bug and I don't know what I am going to do on my own, so this may be the end of the road for breast feeding. I have to admit somewhere that part of me is relieved, but part of me is really sad, I wish I could be one of those happy breast feeding moms, but I am not, I am miserable. Especially with all these things getting in the way. I want to get as much as I can with the antibodies against this crappy bug for JD so I will keep pumping for at least a little bit longer. But I know we are going to be done soon. I was looking around for milk supply support and I found a forum and in a reply to a question someone had ended their comment with this: "Being a great mom is much more than breast feeding" Its so true, I just wish I didn't feel critized everywhere I turn. I don't know that I am, but I feel that way. I hate being told that I didn't try hard enough, I tried my best, and if my best isn't good enough then I am sorry. I don't know why when other people don't try their best at something they still get rewarded but when I work my butt of I get crap.
I should go, I still don't feel great. Every time I put something in my tummy I feel sick. But I am soo hungry.

GB ~ The Woodwards


The Buckleys said...

It is so true darlin. There's many more important things than breastfeeding. As long as you supply your baby with proper nutrition it doesn't matter where you get it from. There are mothers out there who give their 4month old cows milk (i know of one) because they don't want to 'spent the money on formula'. There are far worse things than not breastfeeding, as long as you have a happy healthy baby it does not matter what road you take to achieve it!! You're a good mama, don't let others pull you down.

MeWoodward said...

Thank you :)

Sarah said...

It's going to be okay Meghan. You have your hands full with Rae and a hubby and new baby and everyone being sick, no wonder you are feeling so overwhelmed!!

There are so many different things that go into breastfeeding and the start is usually the most difficult. No matter what anyone says, you are doing GREAT! You are trying to provide the best you can for your baby. I would encourage you to pump as much as and as long as you feel you can since those antibodies are super for your little one. You obviously know that :-)

We had a rough start breastfeeding so I can appreciate and understand the frustration that you are going through. Just remember that every single day counts and you should be proud of yourself for giving your baby a wonderful start!

If you have any questions just let me know.....also...I'm not sure if pumping only once a day will keep your supply like that LC said...make sure you are talking to an International Board Certified LC (IBCLC). A great website for questions and support is I don't know what I would have done without it.

Either way- take care of yourself and be encouraged that your baby will be bright and happy whether formula or breastfeeding. A happy mommy makes a happy baby!

warriormom said...

Sounds like you have some good friends who love and support you. I'm so sorry you got the bug! In my mom's day breastfeeding was frowned upon and you weren't given a choice, in the hospital your baby was given formula...and you made your own formula, evaporated milk and karo and who knows what else. I turned out ok, I think! Enjoy your adorable baby boy and relax! God chose you for JD, how special is that!!

MeWoodward said...

Sarah- I just went over to Kellymom today, it was recommended to me by someone else. So far they are just giving me the same stuff I have been told by others. But I can see how they can be helpful. I have always thought that just like you said "a happy mommy makes a happy baby". I think that is important. I didn't think that LC was right... which is why I aimed for more often. Which I have been keeping up with. Remembering that every day counts somehow gets me one more day. And I realize I am trying one day at a time and before I know it, its already almost been a whole month! :)

Jodi- I know, I remember my grandmother (my mom's mother) talking about making formula. I think it is crazy how things change from generation from generation. Thank you for reminding me that God chose me for JD. Its an important thing.