As the earnest home is gearing up to welcome baby number 3, another way that this mom is getting ready is with breast-feeding supplies. In my previous post about postpartum preparedness I mentioned a breastfeeding kit I put together. I have done this because I plan on breastfeeding. I have nursed my previous children, and have also supplemented with formula as that is what worked for us!
With our firstborn, my goal was to nurse until he was one. By 6 months, I was back at work, pumping, supply dwindling and the stress of having enough milk to feed my nursling was not helping in the supply department. His weight dropped and the doctor became concerned and recommended we supplement with formula. So, earnest dad and I began researching organic/high quality formulas for out little man – this was tedious but we felt it necessary, 7.5 years ago the options were not as available as they are today. I continued to nurse at night and when he woke up until 9 months. I was happy to make 9 months with him but knew with future babies I would want to nurse longer.
With our second, our breastfeeding journey was MUCH different. I was blessed to be a full-time mom and although I supplemented with formula here and there, we nursed until she was 2.
As I prepare for this new little one to join us, my hopes again are to nurse him, but I am not putting too much pressure on myself as I want to be prepared for anything. With that being said, as the title of this article states; Fed is Best, I am a firm believer in that. Some moms can nurse, some cannot, some need supplementing and some do not. WHATEVER works for every family is most important for that family. I like that breast milk is free and as natural as it gets but, formula works too.
In trying to be prepared, I am keeping all options open and I have found and EXCELLENT resource for formula comparisons. If breastfeeding does not pan out for me (or for you) this website has done a lot of the leg work I had to do so many years ago when making the switch. In their research they have included their favorite budget friendly formula, lactose based formula, soy formula, organic formula and generic formula. The formula that I used to supplement with our second made the list at one of the few to be without ARA and DHA but was the only certified organic on their favorites list. Their research can be found here: https://www.reviews.com/baby-formula/
I found these reviews incredibly informative and helpful, if I have to go the formula route, it has aided in my choice of which one to use. The article is bit lengthy but breaks down ingredients and additives, why they are in some not in others, what sweeteners are used and why, non-GMO vs GMO, and much more. They have definitely given a plethora of information that was really new to me! I find this to be an excellent resource and hope you do too!!
Not expecting? Still bookmark this link, it may prove to be very helpful in the future. Hope this helps earnest followers!!
x. earnest mom.