When each of my children were born, bottle feeding was never even considered. I always knew I would breastfeed, no matter what the cost or sacrifice, and I know that my children have benefited greatly from it but holy cow, sometimes it's so exhausting!! I feel like all I get accomplished some days is feeding Aiden!!! At nearly 2 weeks old, he has already gained almost 2 lbs. and some days he eats every 1-2 hours. My hubby commented one day that every time he walks into the room, Aiden is attached to me. *lol* He does really well sleeping at night, sometimes going for 3-5 hour stretches without waking up but during the day, it feels like all he does is eat!
I am also finding that Aiden has a sensitive belly! It seems like I cannot eat anything with any amount of flavor without it hurting his belly so I am on a very strict, bland diet for now. No more spaghetti and garlic bread. No more Chinese or Mexican food. No chili. No caffeine. No chocolate. And the list goes on and on! *lol* I love it when people question me and ask me why I would ever continue nursing if it is so much trouble.........I guess it's just worth it to me. If giving my children the best nutrition possible means giving up some of the foods that I love, then so be it! I don't mind at all.........although I would give my right arm for some Chinese about now :-) It really is worth it to me........I don't have to worry about making bottles of stinky formula. I don't get nasty formula spit up on me or on Aidens cute clothes. I know exactly what my baby is eating at all times and I know that it is building up anitibodies for him to be healthier and stronger in the longrun.
So what was your motivation in your choice to breast/bottle feed?!
My happy, little man :-)