One hundred and thirteen days.
That is how long I have exclusively breastfed - not counting the two times we gave little man a bit of formula when he was 2 days old in the hospital to get him to wet his diaper.
One hundred and thirteen days is how long I have gotten up early to pump as needed.
One hundred and thirteen days is how long I have been at Mark's beckon call when he's hungry.
One hundred and thirteen days is how long I have been conscious about my schedule and how it will affect Mark's feeding schedule.
One hundred and thirteen days is how long dear husband and I have gone back and forth about how long we want to or can breastfeed.
In a recent post I did titled Breast is Not Best, we established that fed is best. Us moms need to stick together and more importantly support each other no matter what. Even if that means what's best for you and your child is completely different than what is best for me and mine.
So tomorrow, we supplement. And as I write that and say it in my mind, I am 100% completely OK with it.
Ask my husband, this has been a subject that has easily hit a nerve for me these past couple of months. All you mommas out there who have breastfed know exactly what I am talking about.
Sometimes it feels as if my life is not my own. Well...it kind of isn't.
Funny, and true.
I have given this breastfeeding thing my blood (not really), sweat (kind of when I am pumping while curling my hair - ha) and tears (yes, lots and LOTS of tears).
Tomororw is the day that we start to supplement.
We have decided to start supplementing now, while we still have a very small stash of frozen milk, to ease Mark into using formula. My non-negotiable is still pumping in the morning, which hasn't been a challenge since I get up early anyways. Then I will feed him at night time, and on weekends.
Here soon we are going to start introducing real foods to him, which is going to be a blast! And, my hope is that I can continue to breastfeed him every morning and night until he is a year old.
I'm very proud of myself for making it 16 weeks with exclusively breastfeeding. I'm kind of a super hero!!
For those mommas out there that have breastfed, no matter the length of time, KUDOS to you! And all other momma's who couldn't breastfeed, still MAJOR kudos to you! Don't let judge-y Janet get under your skin. Remember, FED IS BEST!
Hi there! I'm Kara, of taking KARA myself! I've dabbled in blogging off and on for a while now. Mostly off. But I'm trying to change that and make a dent in this side of the world wide web. Enjoy!