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Breastfeeding is hard! Well, at least for Hazel and me it was. I know I’ve mentioned a little bit before about our breastfeeding struggle, but I thought I’d share more of our breastfeeding and supplementing journey in case any of you other moms out there are going through the same thing. It’s always nice to know you’re not alone 🙂
My plan was to breastfeed Hazel until she was 12 months old, and I would transition her from breast to sippy cup without her ever drinking out of a bottle or taking formula. I assumed that since I wanted to breastfeed, my body would produce enough milk and that would be that. Well, throw in a baby who gets frustrated nursing, a few medical scares that stress a mom out (I’ll share more on that in a later post), a hip dysplasia harness that makes it impossible to hold your baby in the position she likes; and your milk supply starts to decrease. I realized all of those things were affecting my milk supply when we went in for Hazel’s two-week check-up. She wasn’t back to her birth weight, so we had to go back at three weeks to make sure she was still gaining weight. Between her two and three week appointment, she had only gained 0.9 ounces. I was told that babies typically gain about an ounce a day, so I knew it wasn’t good that she had gained less than an ounce in one week. It was then that I started supplementing. For the next eight weeks, I would nurse Hazel, pump and feed her what I pumped, and then feed her formula. That routine became very draining on both of us, and by the time she was 11 weeks old, she was getting only formula. I decided to give her Plum Organics® Grow Well® Infant Formula that I found at Safeway because it’s organic, non-GMO, and has no corn syrup solids added. Some formulas use a combination of lactose and corn-derived sugars like corn syrup solids, glucose syrup solids and/or maltodextrin, but Plum Organics Grow Well Infant Formula only has organic lactose. Babies need carbohydrates, not only for energy, but also to support their growing brains, and lactose is the most abundant carbohydrate found in breast milk. , , . It was important to me that if I couldn’t breastfeed, I give Hazel food that I felt good about. So even though I didn’t make it anywhere near my 12 month breastfeeding goal, I’m thankful I was able to nurse her as long as I did, and thankful for Plum Organics Grow Well Infant Formula and food I can feel good about giving my baby 🙂 I can’t wait to have her try their tots and kids snacks as she gets older too! Have any of your babies or kids tried Plum Organic products? My niece and nephew love them!
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