Jen Warman: New Freakin' Mummy


I *Heart* Baby Feeding—Breast AND Bottle


It's hard to believe, but my baby boy is SIX MONTHS OLD! Phrases like "He's growing so fast" and "Where has the time gone?" come to mind. I wish I could think of something less cliche to say, but it's true. 

It feels like just yesterday that I was walking around the block, timing my contractions...
On second thought, let's skip that part of the memory, and jump to the blissful moment where I was holding my son in my arms for the first time (that's the great thing about memories: you can fast forward through the not-so-fun parts, and re-play your favourites over and over again).

I remember holding him, and within 20 minutes he was wiggling down, looking for my boob: he was hungry. His natural animal instinct guided him to his food source (this still blows my mind, by the way!) and just like that *snap fingers* my hormones told my brain to set off fireworks in my heart, and we formed a breastfeeding bond. 

I love it so much, I've re-considered how long I might breastfeed my son. My original goal was 6 months, but I'm nowhere near ready to stop. So I'm thinking a year. Two? Ten? Is eighteen too old to breastfeed? Don't worry. I'm mostly joking.

However, as much as I love breastfeeding my son, from time to time it's nice to escape for a few hours and put on a real bra. It's nice to have a couple of glasses of wine and eat dinner at a restaurant with my husband (crazy, I know!) And when I embark on such adventures, I usually leave my mom at home to look after Cole.

I tell her "There's milk in the freezer, and the bottles are on the counter" and then I casually walk (okay, sprint) out the door, leaving her alone with my pumped milk & Playtex Drop-Ins bottles. And as much as it can be hard to let go of all of my Mommy control issues (i.e., when to feed him, how to feed him, etc...), I like that the Drop-Ins bottles are very easy for my Mom to use. So when Cole starts crying, she can put a bottle together quickly and easily. I also like the liners because they help prevent air from mixing with the milk—the last thing I want is a fussy baby! (Because let's be honest: it will be ME who has to deal with him when I'm home from my date) ;)

But once I'm home from my date, as much as I enjoyed my time away, I always open the door and look at him sleeping and secretly get excited for our next feeding session...*sigh*

What are some of your favourite baby feeding moments?