It's been almost 3 months since Harry was born and everything is going great. We are all settled in as a family of 4, Richie is loving his baby brother- he calls Harry his best friend(super cute!!)
Harry's personality is starting to shine through now. He is super laid back but still has the cheeky smile that his big brother has. I will definitely have my hands full in a few years with these two!!
So back to another topic that I covered while pregnant- breastfeeding. As most of you know from previous blog write ups, I struggled with breastfeeding Richie, which I put down partially to him being a premature baby and my body just not being ready for it yet. This time around with Harry, I breastfed exclusively for his first two weeks, then had to add formula top-ups onto his feeds as I wasn't producing enough milk for him. I have decided in the last week that I cant keep on doing top-ups anymore as it was too time consuming for me to breastfeed for 20mins, then add a bottle feed on top of that- Richie isn't the most patient toddler so he needs my time a lot at the moment. I feel that just formula feeds is the best thing for our situation- I was starting to feel a bit of anxiety about my breastfeeding capabilities so by only doing formula feeds this has helped with my anxiety. I was starting to feel a bit down about how I couldn't produce enough milk, was feeling a bit frustrated about the boob and bottle feeds and was feeling a bit down that my body just wouldn't produce more milk, even though I was doing everything possible(within my toddler/time constraints) to produce more, and trying everything to increase the supply.
Luckily for me, Terry is very supportive with however I feed Harry- he just wants me to do whatever is easiest and best for me. I did say to him that it could sound like I'm being lazy with my decision to stop breastfeeding as a couple of people have commented that if I tried a bit more that I would produce more. But the way I justify my decision(not that I have to justify it) is that its the best way for me to keep my sanity. Plus it always helps when hubby can help me with the feeds!
I do miss breastfeeding Harry and at first he missed it too as he was always nuzzling into my boobs, but this was a decision which had to be made. And as they say, fed is best :)
Anyone else had a tough time breastfeeding??
My name is Briana and I am a wife to Terry, a mother to ,my gorgeous 2 year old son Richie with another bub on the way.