When you’re lazy about weaning …

So … the formula fight? Yeah, it continues …

The good news is that Baby Boy is drinking it a little … sometimes. Not that I can blame him, of course, because it’s disgusting.

I try to remember to give him some every few days. He drank about an ounce once, but mostly it’s just a few sips and then he drops the cup in a WTF manner.

But mostly? I forget.
Or I remember but don’t feel like making it.
Or (she whispered) I choose not to give it to him because I don’t want MAH BOOBS to get SMALLERRRRR!

This whole breast-versus-bottle thing is funny. I thought all of the decision-making happened when you were pregnant or had a newborn, but really, the battle between the two continues long after that.

In some ways, formula really is easier — you can leave the house at a moment’s notice, and just throw together a bottle. No worries about pumping or leak pads or nursing covers or privacy or anything.

But in other ways (especially at home), nursing is easier — just yank down your top/bra and the baby does all of the work. Plus, you know, bigger boobs! (Yes, I’m that selfish)

These days I am torn. Torn between wanting my body back and wanting to keep my new boobs. Between kind of wanting to be done and kind of enjoying those quiet moments with my baby. Between the exhaustion but ease of just nursing Baby Boy at night and plopping him back in his crib, and extra sleep but possible hours of screaming we’d encounter if Darling Husband took over some nighttime feedings with formula.

The only real progress so far in this whole “weaning” thing? I’m not pumping anymore. Done! Finito! There are still a couple of bags of frozen milk, but I’ve been leaving formula instead during the few times I’ve gone out solo.

Other than that … I really should try to give him formula a little more often.

Reading back over this post, I sound terribly lazy. I’m not, really. I did three loads of laundry today, spent 2+ hours working on a freelance project, baked cookies, prepared breakfast and lunch, made the bed, dusted, washed the dishes, emptied the dishwasher, and hosted a playdate. I’m not lazy! I’m a very motivated person!

But when it comes to formula …
Eh …

2 Comments on “When you’re lazy about weaning …

  1. It's been a super long time since we went through this whole weaning deal and my daughter took to formula pretty easily (but I also didn't nurse nearly as long as you, for which I give you lots and lots of kudos), BUT…What about goat's milk? I remember hearing about moms using goat's milk when weaning their little ones from breast milk to something else. Supposedly it's easier to digest than cow's milk or even formula (according to some). I know around here (Maine) you can get it at Trader Joe's or Whole Foods (I don't know what the Canadian equivalent of these would be). Anyway, it might be something to consider, because it tastes normal (more like cow's milk) and it's natural. Wish I could tell you more about it, but like I said, it's just something I heard about and sounded like a good option.

    Good luck!

  2. Great idea, Kirsten! I'm sure we have goat's milk somewhere around here — although I've definitely never gone looking for it. He's really loving cow's milk with meals, but “they” say they need either breastmilk or formula as their “main” source of nutrients until 12 months. I wonder if goat's milk is healthier than cow's milk? Something to research. Thanks!

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