As I mentioned before, I made the decision to bottle feed Cora and not breastfeed. I have not had any moments of regretting this decision, even after my milk came in and dried up. I have to say, I even had worry about how the nurses and others in the hospital would treat me for my choice but no one said a word. Even when the lactation consultant stopped in, she was happy to answer any bottle feeding questions I had.
From the word go, Cora has been an eating champ. We have been quick to get her on a 2-3 hour feeding schedule during the day and anywhere from 3-4 hours at night. Once the third week hit, however, I noticed a lot more runny diapers and she started spitting up a lot more than normal. I gave in and called the nurse who had us come in right away. Cora checked out fine and had still gained weight since the prior week that we were in there. The decision was made to change her formula. We had started her out on Enfamil Newborn and switched to Enfamil Gentlease. We also added some probiotic drops. At a week later it seems to be helping.
We also made the decision that only my Husband or I would feed her for the first month or two. Most importantly this gives us both the chance to have that special bonding time with her. Obviously I’m with her all day so when my husband comes home, he feeds her in the evening. She pretty much has two night feedings so we each take one. I won’t lie, it really helps my frame of mind to be able to share the responsibility of feedings with him so not everything is falling on my shoulders to take care of.
I have to say, out of everything, this has been the easiest to tackle with her. I can say, at the end of the day, I know my child is fed, full, growing and happy for it. Isn’t that the most important thing?