New Moms: Are you sure you want to breastfeed?

This post is the first of a series for new moms where I share my experience and give suggestions. 

I have been breastfeeding my son for a year now and before having him, I knew I wanted to breastfeed. I would listen to stories about how little or how much they breastfeed their babies and I would only say: wow, ok, hum, we’ll see how I do…

Deep inside I knew that eventually I would figure out how long I wanted to nurse him and I sure did! 9 months into it I was already expressing how tired I was, and how much work it is for us moms to keep up with everything. Taking time at work to pump because I ran out of my extra supply a few weeks into getting back to the office. So, tip #1 you’ll never have enough stored milk in the freezer. 

breastfeeding emil

Don’t get me wrong, I am extremely glad I chose to breastfeed my son. I am beyond grateful that I could. It was my time with him where I could relax from all the things going on around. My issue is that if I knew how exhausted I would feel 8 months in, I would’ve introduced formula sooner. I tried to supplement with formula around 8 months and I couldn’t. He didn’t like the taste of it. Smart kid, I know. 

Thankfully, I always had a can of Baby’s Only Organic formula at daycare and one day, at 11.5 months, the teacher gave me fantastic news. He drank a bottle of formula milk. I now spend less time pumping and stressing about if I’ll have enough milk for Emil and more time being happy. 

What would I do differently next time? I am no expert, but I would try to supplement around the 3rd month. It’ll give me time to do as I please, even if it’s just 15 minutes a day.