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Healthy Moms Blog
We all complain about the same #momproblems, right? Diapers, getting kids to eat more than grilled cheese, getting anywhere in a car with crying toddlers. Not to mention that thing we used to do for 9 glorious uninterrupted hours a night. It’s a shared bond.
You’ve scheduled Mom & Baby yoga, swimming lessons, and grocery shopping all within the first 5 hours of the day. Baby sleeps for 15 minutes on the way to yoga and then has another little catnap on the way home from swimming lessons. Dinner time rolls around and the witching hour begins.
Remember those days when your little newborn would sleep forever in the stroller, on your shoulder or the carrier? Even 10 fire trucks flying down Queen Street wouldn’t wake up your peaceful sleeping beauty. This is the sleep of newborns! They can sleep anytime, anywhere.
“Formula isn’t poison.” That’s what an occupational therapist told me as we watched my preemie baby finally finish a bottle without choking. It was the first time in his whole life that he was able to complete a feed on his own without struggling or gasping for air.
Yet, instead of being thankful he was finally able to eat safely, I was devastated. With his early delivery, the doctors, nurses and consultants were all adamant about one thing – if I wanted my premature baby to survive, he needed my breast milk. I aligned myself to “Breast is Best” regime and followed a strict pumping schedule. I built up a strong milk supply and my freezer was jam-packed with frozen bottles of expressed breast milk. My son received breast milk through a feeding tube his first few weeks, but when he was older, all attempts to breastfeed and bottle-feed breast milk were painfully unsuccessful.
We’d later discovered he had a medical condition where he required thickened formula. I was deeply saddened because his only form of nutrition felt inadequate and almost toxic.