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So much of being a mom is trusting your own instincts.
When I first became a mom I was shocked at how I instantly had a gut reaction to different situations and years later I still feel that way. There have been bumps in the road where other people have made me second guess my choices, but as I look back, my instincts were pretty much always spot on!
I was just talking to our youngest daughter about what our main job is in life. Not the job that pays the bills, the parenting gig. That is our favorite, most important job and one we take very seriously. Of course, she wanted specifics. “What do you have to do to be a good parent”, she asked?
Without boring her with the details, I explained we had to teach her, provide a home for her and be there to love and care for her. “What about feeding me”, she inquired? Oh yes, that too.
I told her those chubby baby cheeks of hers didn't just happen. They are signs of a healthy, well-fed baby. She giggled…
But that led to more discussion on how babies are fed and why moms and dads choose different food for their different babies. With her, we had a month's notice that she would be joining our family. One month to get her room all ready, to handle all of the legal aspects of adoption and mentally prepare to be parents again. This was a decade after our first daughter was born, so for us, formula was a clear choice.
But as I explained, her sisters had both breast milk and formula and that was the right choice for them. When my oldest was born, I felt such pressure to breastfeed. This didn't come from any of our medical professionals. They were wonderful and stressed to me that a well-fed baby was the goal, and whatever it took to keep her healthy and thriving was the right choice. The pressure came from other people who didn't know our situation.
By the time our second daughter was born, I was prepared to breastfeed (pumping and then bottle feeding) or formula feed, or a variation of the two… depending on what was best for our daughter. Surprisingly I don't remember any comments on our feeding choices.
Then when we got that amazing news we were going to be parents again for the third time, the unexpected happened. I was at Walmart, in total new baby bliss, buying her formula and I stopped in my tracks. I had little Emmy in her car seat with me and she was only weeks old and a random stranger tried to shoo me away from the formula.
My friends and I talked about what happened and we all agreed that people sure do have a lot of opinions when it comes to raising a child, but what we all really need is understanding and support. We need to be there for each other in meaningful ways. Like why couldn't that lady have noticed how exhausted I was and offered to babysit instead of telling me what to feed my baby? Just kidding- kind of. I wouldn't have left my sweet baby with a stranger, but sleep sure would have been nice!
Bottom line, we as moms know what is best for our babies and we need to be empowered to do our best.
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