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Breastfeeding is Beautiful, Bottles are Heaven

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Feeding Jax has been an adventure. A few months before he was born I started to read a couple books about breastfeeding. I had heard so many stories from friends about how painful and difficult it was to breastfeed and I started to feel a little insecure and anxious.

Although the books helped me a lot, when Jax was born I found out that nothing was happening like I imagined. Jax quickly began to try to latch, but the second day in the hospital I discovered that we were doing something wrong because he had already hurt me, like a lot.

A lactation consultant helped me see the mistakes and gave me some tips and tricks. Talking to her made me feel calm and hopeful again but that didn’t last long.

When we got home, chaos ensued. I was feeling exhausted and sore and Jax was really hungry and restless. Breastfeeding those first few days was really painful,  but I was feeling determined and I did not want to stop trying.

Jax’s pediatrician saw us a few days later and told me I had to force myself to sleep more. She recommended buying an electric pump and take out as much milk as possible so Jordan, my husband, could feed the baby while I took a nap.

Within the chaos and stress of those days, we could not find a bottle that made us feel confident, so we decided to feed Jax using a spoon, I know, that sounds insane.

For the first couple of weeks thats what we did. I pumped and Jordan fed him while I slept a few extra minutes. The spoon worked for a couple of days, back then Jax was eating only 0.5 ounces.

As the wounds healed, and my shattered morale, I went exclusively to breastfeed.

Just after Jax turned one and a half months old, we finally started to feel more calm. My milk supply had grown, Jax was eating enough and the three of us were finally starting to sleep better.

I started to dream about the idea of ​​going out for dinner with my friends or take an afternoon to go get a haircut. Of course, to make those dreams happen we needed to find the best way for Jordan to fed Jax.

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We tried several bottles for a few weeks, but we didn’t like many, they all had to much flow, or Jax didn’t like the nipple, we now have a huge assortment of different types of bottles. Finally we stumbled upon the Munchkin LATCH bottle, it was great, it had just a enough flow, and Jax could really latch on, it was just more like he was actually at the breast.

We started to set up a routine at night, and Jax did really well with it. We started giving him his bath at night because he actually sleeps better after he’s all clean. We turn on the lullabyes pandora station and Jordan feeds him with the bottle.

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Watching Jordan feeding Jax the first time was the sweetest thing I have ever seen. We never thought about that before, but I saw that special moment and I discovered how important for both, Jax and Jordan, it was to connect in that way.

I was exhausted, mentally and physically, thinking that I needed to be 100% in charge of all the feedings.

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Jax started to get used to his routine pretty fast, so I started to pump more during the mornings to have those ounces of liquid gold ready for the night. We have been doing this for a few weeks and Jax seems to understand the transition from breast to bottle and back, which is pretty awesome.

One of my favorite things about the Munchkin LATCH bottle is that it was specifically designed to help me reach my breastfeeding goals which to be honest, I’m really passionate about. Jordan’s favorite part is how easy it is to move and manipulate and the way it folds, which makes him feel like it actually helps Jax latch easily and correctly. It looks like the bottle actually reaches all the way back to the palate like if Jax was feeding directly from the breast.

Another thing we like, is that the LATCH bottles are designed to reduce colic. Jax has never seemed to have a lot of colic, but we feel more calm knowing that it’s one less thing to worry about. The bottle has an anti-colic valve located at the bottom of the bottle which allows for breast milk to flow while ensuring air bubbles don’t travel through, reducing gas and fussiness.

We are starting to take Jax to public places more often, now that he’s had his first vaccines and we are starting to take a bottle with us in case mommy needs to do other things. We also discovered that he is starting to suck his hands a lot, so we decided to introduce him to a LATCH pacifier and we are taking it with us when we leave the house. I was a little nervous about using a pacifier at first, but honestly sometimes when you just can’t pick up your baby, like the checkout line at the grocery store, anything that will calm our little guy down for just a few minutes is incredible. I’ve also read about how thumb sucking can be a difficult habit to break, I’d rather get him used to a pacifier that I can take away than have to deal with an ongoing thumb sucking habit, and cutting off his thumb just doesn’t seem like a good option.

The first time we tried was last week, when I had a doctor’s appointment. I was so relieved leaving Jordan with Jax because I knew that at least Jax wouldn’t feel hungry while I was busy. I went back to a happy husband and a happy baby. It was a happy moment, I finally felt like maybe I will get to do things on my own from time to time. I love my baby, but a little me time just helps me love him even more.

I’m pumping more and more this week since I plan to make an appointment for a hair makeover. I’m looking forward for that me time and I’m calmer because I know that baby and daddy will be fine, they seem to love those special moments together, and I love watching them connect in a whole new way.

How was breastfeeding for you? How did you make your baby transition from breast to bottle and vice versa without getting him confused?

Any tips about breastfeeding for new mommies?

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13 Responses

  1. Becky Hellwig says:

    A hair makeover!!! Wow, are you going pixie?? Your family is so precious.. And isn’t it nice to have the bottle at times for hubs?

    • True, it’s nice to have options so everyone can decide what’s better for their family. About the hair, I want something easier to style but not that short. I’m looking for hairstyle inspiration like crazy on Pinterest. I can’t wait to share the before and after.

  2. Corlie says:

    Ooo I am so nervous about this too… My midwife will be helping but gosh it seems a bit daunting when you hear how many people struggle with it… I have the Playtex naturalatch bottles so hopefully they’ll work when breastfeeding doesn’t.

    • I was so nervous too, it’s normal. It really helped me to talk to my mom and other friends who struggled with it, I felt less lonely and stressed. In the end, you are going to need to wait until your baby is born to see what works for you. You might be one of the luckiest moms that get it right the first time.

      • Corlie says:

        Breast feeding for me is so so hard Elba! I just can’t seem to get it right. Sometimes it works great and sometimes he just doesn’t want to settle at the breast. He bites and pulls and hits me but for some reason wants to Jeep suckinh. Its driving me nuts.

  3. It’s not easy. Although I didn’t struggle with breastfeeding him at first, I am dealing with trying to wean him off.

    I always wanted to wait until he was ready and let him do it on his own. But after almost two years, and a baby growing his molars, the pain is sometimes unbearable. I worry that I won’t have enough milk supply for baby number two. People keep telling me it’s not good to breastfeed while pregnant, but I honestly don’t think there’s anything wrong. Well, aside from the pain. :/

    Glad to hear you found your perfect match! Finding the right bottle is tough. We went with glass bottles for hygiene purposes.

    • The pain, ouch, I imagine it’s really bad, but I’m sure it’s worth it. Thats how I felt those stressful first days with Jax. In the end, mommy always knows what’s best for her and her baby. Congrats with your pregnancy, I’m so happy for you!!!

  4. Patricia says:

    I struggled with this subject too much, I had mastitis with my first 3 babies, in between other things like cracked nipples and the list goes on, so bottles have been my life savers for sure. I could write a novel about breasfeeding lol. At the end you have to do what works for you, we are all different and have different strenghts and weaknesses. I don’t particularly enjoyed breastfeeding that much, and it could be very depressing hearing other people saying “you have to do it” because sometimes is not that you don’t want to do it, even though I have 4 Kids and gave my best efforts I could not do it for as long as I wanted. Do what makes you feel confortable, your baby is adorable!

    • Before Jax was born, I had this idea that everything was going to be somewhat perfect, because well, I read lots of books, magazines, articles and I was supposedly “prepared”. I was so wrong. When all these breastfeeding struggles happened, I felt depressed. I’m happy it got better, but it helped me so much to hear from other friends that I didn’t need to feel obligated to breastfeed if it was too hard for me. What you need at that moment is support and “whatever works” is the way to do it, for you, for your baby and your whole family.

  5. Mrs. ShuGar says:

    Your family is so precious! I am so glad to hear things are well. As for your questions, breastfeeding was SO painful in the beginning. He was tongue-tied so he couldn’t fully latch even if he wanted to. And you know that it doesn’t matter; you have to feed through the pain or else your milk won’t come in. My lactation consultant felt so sorry for me when she saw my breasts. Over time, it got better when he got his tongue clipped and my skin got used to the pulling and tugging. Not easy at all!

    When I started to wean him to go back to work, I tried every bottle under the sun. He hated them all. The only one that worked was the Avent bottles. Thing is, I have decided to avoid plastic as much as possible. This is especially true of his kitchen ware so we use glass bottles, stainless steel or bamboo places. I just don’t feel comfortable with plastic for hygiene and safety reasons. So many things we have to manage as mommies, right? There is so much pressure to breastfeed. Ultimately, you do what is best for you and everyone else can mind their own business. It’s hard enough caring for a newborn. Jax is adorable!!!!

    • I cried and cried after the nurse told me that even if I was in pain, I needed to continue feeding Jax through the pain or else your milk won’t come in. I’m also glad I got to talk to a lactation consultant who helped me a lot with ways to treat the cracked nipples and the soreness. We are happy with the LATCH bottles, we don’t use them as much because at the moment I have the time to breastfeed Jax as much as possible, but we like to have something we trust in case I’m absent + Jordan seems to enjoy that special time with Jax.

  6. Breastfeeding was really hard for me too. I guess I always assumed it would be easy because it’s a natural thing. I just didn’t realize that everything in life has it’s challenges… eh!

    I breastfed my first for 13 months, exclusively, and now I’m breastfeeding my second (he’s 10 months), also exclusively. I’ve never used a bottle, not even with my own milk. I did use a little drop squirt thing a few times though, when my nipples were wounded to give them time to heal… the joys of a very small mouth, a clenched jaw, a tongue-tie and an upper lip tie (I didn’t get anything cut, I just couldn’t do that to my baby) so I endured the pain. As his mouth grew and we both began to be more comfortable with breastfeeding, things got much easier.

    As for my first, I was breastfeeding him way too much, like, every hour, because I thought he was always hungry – which turned out to be false, all he wanted was to suck because that’s what newborns are born to do – duh… but I had so much milk that it literally squirted meters away like jets…. so, um, hello! engorged breasts and mastitis, and the fever (insert crying here).

    Let’s not forget thrush. Oh thrush. I will never EVER miss you. Goooooodbye.

    I found the exclusive breastfeeding very difficult on my morale, you know, all the responsibility and stuff, but it gets soooooo much easier after 6 months when they start eating solids. Just remember that it’s only for a short period of time!! You can do it!!!

    • I was so confident it was going to be really easy for me too and I think that was one of the hardest things at the beginning. But after the first month, everything got better. breastfeeding got easier and Jax was happy and growing so I knew we were doing it right. I love love breastfeeding but I really wanted to find a way the three of us would be comfortable in case I needed to leave Jax with Jordan. We started using the bottle a couple of weeks ago just at night and it’s helping us establishing a routine for Jax. He takes a bath and then Dad feeds him. We are lucky he is doing great with the transition between breast and bottle and that he is getting used to his routine. Time goes by so fast, soon he will be eating solids and I’m going to miss these first months, even when they were so hard. But yep, at the beginning it seems eternal.

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