Wednesday, May 18, 2016

teddy's favs.

when i was pregnant, i was positive that i'd exclusively breastfeed like a boss. my mom and sister were both champion breastfeeders, and it only made sense to me that i'd follow in their path.

ha. ha. ha. ha. ha.

lessons learned since then:

1. breastfeeding is super hard/painful/awful for some people.
people like me.

2. when breastfeeding isn't going well in the hospital, and your baby loses enough weight that the doctors are talking about admitting him, you freak out a little.

3.  giving your little one a bottle doesn't necessarily mean you've failed at breastfeeding.

4. not all bottles are created equally.


we've used comotomo bottles in our home exclusively, and i can't say enough good things about them, you guys. the unique shape of the nipple allows better transitioning back and forth from the breast to the bottle, and i'm convinced that using them allowed me to alternate breastfeeding and bottle-feeding as long as i did. (i gave up breastfeeding at nine months, after teddy's second tooth came in and his bites were making me bleed. "byeeeeeeee.")

the body of the bottles is made of silicon, which also mimics the softness of mama skin, and has a wide opening which makes cleaning simple and worry free.


teddy taking the bottle at 2 months. can you believe how little?!

easy for little hands to hold.

bigger size.


the bottles also feature a duel anti colic vent (who even knew this was a thing?!) which creates ideal air circulation, minimizes extra bubbles and prevents colic, spit up, burping and gas. they come in two different sizes, (one with a slower flow for newborns, and a bigger size with a medium flow for your developing infant) and come in two different colors.

guys. seriously, these have been the best we've tried. if your babies have had a hard time taking bottles, or if you're feeling like you're wanting to transition from breastfeeding, or if you're even just expecting and wanting to be prepared- you've got to give it a try.

one more lesson i learned: 



5. don't let anyone make you feel guilty for continuing to breastfeed, or for giving up breastfeeding. i'm not sure why, but it's so easy to feel pressured one way or another, or to second guess if what you're doing is right for your situation. honor what your instincts are telling you, then move forward. and try not to apologize for doing what you need to do to survive. because seriously motherhood is 80% survival (on a good day). #youdoyouboo
*what are your fav baby feeding products? anything i absolutely should know about?*
i hope you're getting through this week more gracefully than i am.

2 comments:

  1. We use these bottles and they are fantastic! We have a very similar breastfeeding story! I have to say that we bought a Hatch smart changing station when Ellie was born because I wanted to continue breastfeeding, but didn't know how much she was eating. The changing station can weigh how much a baby eats during breastfeeding. It saved us because I was able to continue breastfeeding and work on her latch while supplementing so that she could eat enough to gain weight. Definitely an investment, but it was worth it in the end to continue breastfeeding! I totally agree with #5 though, never judge anyone for breastfeeding or botte feeding because you never know what they are going through!

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  2. i came so close to buying the hatch changing station, but by the time i was serious about it, i was worried we'd continue to breastfeed for like 2 more weeks, ha! i'm definitely going to remember that for next time. ;) xo

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