From the moment I found out I was pregnant with our son Colton, every single aspect of life changed for my husband & I. There are so many decisions to make surrounding bringing a new life into this world. There are also a world of opinions out there that can make a new parent feel that they just have to do it one way, as if one size fits all for parenting. There are opinions on the best choices in regards to feeding, diapering, choosing the best products to use, ideas on how to raise your little one. The list never ends! But I am here to share that through my personal experience, there is not one single answer that is right for all. I truly believe that every parent does the best they can for their family and my hope is that instead of judging others, that we uplift one another. Like I said before, raising babies is no easy task. And that is why I love The Honest Company. They support a judgment-free, best-for-baby approach to parenting and their line of products does everything to support your decisions, no matter what road you take!
One of the biggest decisions for me when I had Colton surrounded feeding him. For us, breastfeeding is what worked for our family. I was fortunate that he seemed to agree with that choice. Within twenty minutes after his birth, he latched on his own and nursed easily. Within those first few weeks, although he took to it like a champ, I on the other hand was immersed into the immense amounts of discomfort that come along with nursing an infant, coupled with the demands that I faced as he wanted to feed around the clock. One of the best pieces of advice I got before having my baby was from my doctor. She told me to have a plan, but to keep it flexible. That advice has served me well in everything from my delivery day to everyday choices I face as a parent! I know what I want in my dream scenario. I have had a plan for everything from delivery to feeding to ideas on how I plan to continue raising this little boy. But I also know that babies are unpredictable. And when things don't go just as I had hoped, flexibility is what enables my husband and I to make the most out of the moment! My personal experience with breastfeeding has been filled with ups and downs. Moments of sitting up all hours of the night, rocking and feeding our sleepy baby while breathing through the intense contraction pains you feel in those beginning stages of nursing. Moments of planning our days around making sure there is a always a place to stop and feed. Moments of bonding that take place while feeding our sweet boy that will forever stay in my heart. But what matters most to me through all of this is that Colton is coming up on his 4 month mark and he is one incredibly happy & healthy baby boy! And whether we achieved that through breastfeeding or bottle feeding, that truly does not matter.
So whatever your story is, if you are doing the best that you can for your little one, take comfort in knowing that that is enough!
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