25 Week Pregnancy Update: Breastfeeding vs Formula
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I felt pregnant this week.
Like, big, slow, hugely pregnant.
It wasn’t a terribly eventful week, but I did come to a decision about something that I had whirling around my head for several days.
If you want to know what my thoughts are regarding breastfeeding vs formula then keep reading!
Here’s an update for ya, because if you’ve read any of my other updates, you know this is an ongoing saga.
My SPD pain hasn’t actually been all that bad this week. There’s been the odd night here and there that it has flared up, but generally speaking, it has been manageable.
I did come across this brilliant technique for managing to roll over in bed.
When you’re pregnant, rolling over is challenging…and then when you add the pain of SPD to it, it’s downright awful.
So, I Googled techniques for rolling over when you have SPD.
I wasn’t disappointed and was relieved that I wasn’t the only woman that was after such information.
Here is the wonderful post I found that gives a detailed technique for how to roll over in bed. –> The Pregnant Roll Over – Definitely Not As Cute As The Baby’s
It’s all in the arms and elbows! As long as I use those to do all the work I’m fine, but the minute I forget and lapse back into using my core or legs…OUCH!
Breastfeeding vs Formula
You guys. This is my third kid.
I don’t care what people think about the way I parent.
And yet here I am, stressing about a decision that could be potentially based upon what people think.
Or, it’s the pregnancy hormones…maybe both.
Before I say much more, you should check out my post about my previous experiences with how I fed my kids –> Why I Chose Formula Over Breastfeeding
The short of it is, I breastfed Jack for around 6 months, with great difficulty and not all that much joy.
Annie was on formula after just a couple of days because I was experiencing very similar challenges.
And you know what? I don’t regret the decision to formula feed her one bit! She’s been just as healthy, happy, and bonded to me as her big brother is.
So what’s the issue?
I don’t know what to do…or, I keep changing my mind.
There’s a little part of me that wants to try and breastfeed again. However, that little part of me is mostly going off the romanticized idea of breastfeeding.
Y’know, the closeness and the snuggles and all that.
But, then I remember what it was actually like.
An overactive letdown coupled with an oversupply of milk. Pain that made my toes curl and dread every feeding.
And then the overwhelming anxiety. Not just because of the challenges I faced, but because I was solely responsible for providing nutrition for my child.
No one else could feed him in the night. At least, not unless I took the time to pump.
So, I guess I do know what I want to do.
I want to formula feed again because I actually enjoyed it. In truth, I bonded with Annie so much faster because I wasn’t under so much stress.
And I think of all those challenges that I faced with feeding my first and then add to that two incredibly energetic toddlers and I feel anxiety flooding my entire body.
But gosh darn it! Society does a good job of putting the pressure on with the whole ‘breast is best’ and all that.
What’s my plan?
Well, right now at 25-weeks pregnant I’m saying this with the full knowledge that I could completely change my mind 100 times before now and when this baby is actually here.
But, I think I’m going to breastfeed for the first couple of days just like I did with Annie.
I like the idea that my baby will get some colostrum and because I’m planning on a hospital birth, it means I won’t have to worry about bringing bottles or having to justify my choices to staff members over and over again.
By the way, I totally understand that the nurses and midwives are trained to push breastfeeding, so I’m not being snarky about that. It’s just not fun when you’re exhausted and hormonal to also have to argue a point over and over.
Once we’re home I think we’ll switch to formula.
And that’s that.
Who knows how it will all actually turn out.
If you’ve been following me for a while then you may know that we’ve been renovating our current home from almost the week we moved in.
After having lived here for over two years now, we’ve completed quite a bit.
Currently, though, we’re working on finishing off the living area before our new carpet is laid in early August.
We’ve really transformed the layout of the space by removing the existing free-standing fireplace and removing the old ranch slider that separated the lounge from the playroom.
It’s taken quite a while for me to get my head around how to add decor to the space and design it in a way that makes it feel like one larger space instead of the two previously small spaces.
Little Miss Viking
A few weeks ago I was contacted by Little Miss Viking and asked to review their height chart. They did send it to me for free but I did not receive any monetary compensation.
I’ve been after a height chart forever, but have never found one that isn’t too cutesy.
This one from Little Miss Viking is perfect!
The quality and finish are great, and I love that they’ve already got a hook on the back so it is easy to attach to the wall.
It fits perfectly on the wall between our living and dining room which is great because I really was stuck with what to put in that space!
Best of all, we now get to record the height of our children as they grow and can take the height chart with us if we decide to move house one day.
I also love that the chart is nice and tall so it’ll last our kids until they’re grown.
Take a look at the products they have on offer. They really do have a great selection!
I don’t have an awful lot more to update on this week.
Everything else has mostly stayed the same and the nursery has kind of been put on the back burner until we finish up the renovations in the living area.
Shane and I are currently enjoying our long awaited ‘staycation’ so I will for sure let you all in on how that went in next week’s update.