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Minor Infraction

Posted: December 15th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Breastfeeding Blog Hop | 5 Comments »

I can’t think of anything I really did that is against the rules.

We tried to give both Wyatt and Judah a pacifier on a couple occasions but neither of them were into it.  Even our early supplementing was with a dropper for the first weeks (months?) which I’m pretty sure is accepted.

I’d sneak a nice dark beer every few weeks when I was at my wits end with supply issues, but plenty of people will tell you that dark beer is good for your supply.

If anything, I followed too many rules instead of listening to my own instincts and listening to my baby.

Actually, I did break a rule, and I continue to do it over and over, even though I am long past breastfeeding: I tell women it’s OK to supplement.  I tell them it’s OK to use formula.  I tell them breastfeeding is not all or nothing.

No one told me that.  I had to figure that out on my own and it took a long time. I was still able to breastfeed my son until he weaned just after 12 months.

(Why do I always feel like someone is going to take my breastfeeding badge away after admitting that?)

This post is part of the Breastfeeding Blog Hop, hosted weekly by myself, Life with Levi and Diary of a Devil Dog Wife.  This weeks topic is: Breaking the Rules (or thinking outside of the box)

Link up!  We love to see your posts and hear what you have to say!


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5 Comments on “Minor Infraction”

  1. 1 Pinkoddy said at 7:00 pm on November 29th, 1999:

    You didn’t do it for the badge though did you.

    Great post I love your honesty.

  2. 2 Gaby @ Tmuffin said at 8:13 am on December 15th, 2011:

    That's the thing… there is no badge. I think the badge is that you found your groove. You listened to your instincts. I think it's terrible that so many moms are afraid to supplement, because then they don't seek advice, or supplementing leads to a further decrease in their supply. If there was just more support out there, more moms would probably be able to successfully breastfeed for as long as you did while supplementing, and feel confident about it–as they should!
    My recent post Breastfeeding: Breaking the Rules Responsibly

  3. 3 Jeniffer Smith said at 10:20 am on December 15th, 2011:

    I agree with Gaby. There is no badge. We do what we need to when we need to, and whatever gets us to the end is what matters. Whether it's supplementing or pumping or baby led weaning. What matters is that our children grow up to be well-adjusted (or at least mostly) adults who know that we love them. That in and of itself is the badge.
    My recent post Breastfeeding Blog Hop: Dare to be a Rule Breaker

  4. 4 Sarah Jane said at 3:25 pm on December 16th, 2011:

    I did MOSTLY breastfeeding, but my husband gave my daughter formula about 10-20 times. I work PRN as a RN at a local hospital [2 days every 28 day schedule]. I'd try to have enough pumped, but did not always. The first time my daughter had formula, I cried. I felt like a failure. Thankfully, I quickly came to realize, no, I was not a failure. My daughter was hungry, needed food, and I was not there because I was working. Thanks for this post. Breastfeeding is not all or nothing!!

  5. 5 mindee butcher said at 6:17 pm on January 4th, 2012:

    I went through something simmilar and ended up having to supplement with our 3rd.. I was ashamed that i had to supplement can you believe that! it took me along time to realize it was okay to give her some formula she has to eat and this is what is makeing her stronger (failure to thrive to do to meds)

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