Adjusting to life with a newborn, especially your first, is no easy feat. There are so many questions you want to ask, so many unknowns, and a zillion opinions on what is right. And then there is the new title of parent, which as amazing, wonderful, life-changing as it is, turns out to be the most judged position in the world. So at the beginning, you’re on your tiptoes wondering if what you’re doing is actually working and if it is best for your child.
I decided that breastfeeding is what I wanted to do for Charlie and that I would do it as long as I could. However, I knew I wanted a bit of my life back and that I needed him to take a bottle as soon as possible. After he was born, I asked right away when I could start pumping. I was advised to wait at least two weeks for my body to regulate my milk supply and on day 13 (I couldn’t wait until 14), I successfully pumped and gave Charlie a bottle. He didn’t like it much and I couldn’t get him to take it initially, but after a few tries, he took it. And I felt a weight lifted.
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