As some of you may know, breastfeeding hasn’t been the journey I thought it would be. When I posted my last video, y’all were so amazing- sending similar stories of validation and so much support. I was so naive and thought I was so much more alone in my situation. I was obviously wrong.
Having or just had a baby and experiencing a million different people telling you a million different opinions??? Yeah, same here. Having a baby is a totally new experience. One that we look to others to help guide us through. But what happens when TOO many people tell you too many things??
So as you guys know, I have had a very difficult time with breastfeeding but as the weeks have gone on I’ve felt more and more comfortable with pumping. When Sonny needs an extra top off or it is convenient for me to nurse, I do it, but mostly I am pumping and making bottles. I have found that pumping comes with a whole slew of parts and necessities and wanted to make a list for you of all those that have made my life easier.
Need to get a present for that new mom in your life?? Don’t wanna get them a stuffed animal or blanket! Well, I got you covered. These personalized pieces of jewelry from Lola James, Jen Meyer Jewelry and The Last Line have been some of my favorite gifts yet! Go ahead- treat yourself or that special mom.
What’s life been like since Sonny was born?? A big, fat unrealistic but cozy and amazing bubble! Timmy’s been home ( the best thing ever :)), lots of pumping, napping, diaper changing, outfit changing, burping, trips to the “grocery market”;), online shopping, and a whole lot of NESTING!
I’m not obsessed with breastfeeding. There. I said it. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE the fact that my baby is getting all the amazing nutrients from my milk and that I am literally giving him life, but it has been quite the challenge. A challenge I didn’t feel prepared for at all. In this Chapter of I Love My Baby But… I discuss my trying journey through breastfeeding.
So the night we moved into our new home, I started to get craaaaaazy cramps that I thought were my first signs of labor. It was a very intense pain in my lower abdomen that came and went- almost like a horrible period was about to curse me. Since I hadn’t experienced contractions before, I totally thought it was happening! I was praying it wasn’t the real thing as the moving truck had literally just pulled out of our driveway and absolutely NOTHING was put away yet.
This post is a part of our baby essentials series by Monica Banks, founder of Gugu Guru – the ultimate baby registry discovery site for style-savvy moms.
Just a quick note for all you expectant and new mamas out there before we go into our product recommendations: Always remember that while feeling down and experiencing a bout of the “baby blues” is normal and to be expected in the initial postpartum phase, if you’re really finding it hard to get your spirits back up, talk to your OB-GYN, doula or physician as soon as possible.