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Today I started poisoning my child. November 17, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — aggieonboard @ 10:30 am

Well not really, but I did start adding formula to his bottles. The freezer stash is dwindling and his bottles were barely full enough. It would be negligent and foolhardy to ignore the truth just so I could wear my “exclusively breastfeeding ” badge a little longer. Plus once you start solids it’s not really EBF. Formula loses a little of its stigma once you start handing the kid pieces of fried chicken.

He did give it the side eye this morning but he drank it just fine. The bottle was only 3 oz and was half and half. He seemed a little gassier and he burped like a trucker so we’ll have to see how his little tummy handles what our pedi suggested (Similac Advance).  

It wasn’t nearly as traumatic as I thought it would be. I was remembering the first time he had formula, back when they thought he had a milk allergy. We were all scarred by the experience of him completely rejecting the bottle and the nasty formula they suggested. He was screaming and writhing, I was sobbing on the couch…you can see why I was hesitant to relive that experience.

This morning was completely different. He accepted his bottle happily and aside from hitting it repeatedly (“I think this one’s broken,  mom. It tastes different.”) he didn’t complain.

I’m going to call daycare in a minute to see how his morning bottle went. It was 4 oz breastmilk and 3 oz formula so the reaction should have been equally as favorable.


4 Responses to “Today I started poisoning my child.”

  1. Stephanie Says:

    It will help to take the stress off of you too. He will adjust and hopefully get back on track with that sleeping thing.

  2. Jennifer Says:

    Good job on offering formula! I think we put way too much pressure on ourselves (especially as working moms) about EBF. I have been facing the exact same thing, and for me, it wasn’t until the pediatrician told me, “you’ve done a wonderful job getting him to six months — it’s completely okay to introduce formula,” that I felt okay with the concept. Truth be told, I would LOVE to EBF at home with him all day until he’s a year old. But sadly, I have to work for a living, and the pump is just not getting enough out. I need to get right with it and move on and realize that formula is not the enemy, but rather is an invaluable tool for helping us provide nutition for our babies.

  3. Miranda Says:

    Good luck, aggie! I can honestly say that I am a much happier mom now that I’m not EPing. I know you weren’t EPing, but, well…you know what I mean, right? I just mean that having the extra time and not having to pump has really been a huge relief. Would I do it again with the next one? Absolutely, because I believe that strongly about it, but having a happy, healthy, growing boy is important to me and I’ve certainly got that, as do you. Andrew’s perfect and you’re a great mom!

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