Tuesday, May 22, 2007

WFMW: Feeding station

I have a newborn. We learned with the last newborn that it is very wise to make a little area next to my comfy recliner where we kept ready-to-mix bottles (baby bottle with appropriate amount of water in it) and premeasured formula - this is especially important at night, when I'm not awake enough to count to two and I need to feed a baby. So, before I go to bed at night, I measure out formula and water, hunt up a couple of burpies and a binky and a blanket or two. This baby is so new that he still wakes multiple times, so having everything handy is a must.

(Now, before someone decides to flame me for formula-feeding: I know breastfeeding is best, and I've tried it three times. The first two times, I wound up with very skinny babies before we started supplementing with formula. The third time, I tried supplementing from the beginning, and after his first bottle, he wouldn't latch on again, so I pumped for months for him. This time around (#4), I decided that if he'd latch on and nurse, he'd get whatever breastmilk is available, and then he'd get a bottle when he was done because I can't pump and do all the associated cleaning and keep an eye on #2 and #3, and do the housework and the cooking and the schoolwork.... There is so much time in a day, and I can only do so much. I'm making the best choice overall for my household, and I still have time to enjoy my children.)

Anyway - this Works for Me - You can find more ideas for Works for Me Wednesday at Rocks in my Dryer.


Classic MaMa said...

I'm a big supporter of "doing what's best for your family." I commend you for being able to have, enjoy and love all those kids. I thought my life was hectic with two! You're doing such a good job!

Our Peculiar Life said...

great idea! I used to have a nursing station, too, with books, a phone and music so I could relax while feeding the baby and not run to the phone if it rang!

jen said...

No scolding here. You have to do what is best for the family and sometimes that means keeping mama stress-free. Have a great week!

MrsB said...

I have a newborn also and this is an awesome tip! I learned quickly to get everything I needed together before bed or even before nursing or bottle-feeding (I do both) so that I have everything I need and don't have to bother my babe while he is eatting.


Renee said...

Rock on!!!!
You were such a huge comfort to me with my breast feeding problems. You were the only person I knew who had been there. If I were to have another (which I won't) I would be in the same place as you and hopefully smart enough to be as organized as you are!

Tiany said...

We do the same thing, we have a small basket with all the major necessities in it and it goes where we go J I nurse and have nursed all 4 of mine. Micah my first was so incredibly hard to nurse it was the worst experience ever! I had to pump round the clock for the first 3 mos, it was painful, we got thrush etc… Im sorry you felt you had to justify why you bottle feed, I guess there are some nursing moms out there that would flame ya LOL But im surely not one of them! J Your children have a wonderful loving mother home with them, that is more important then any breast milk ever could be!!! Congratulations by the way, the baby is soooo sweet! My little man is growing too fast and I miss that itty-bitty newborn stage already! Hope n pray your getting lots of rest!


homeschoolblogger.com/5atkins said...

I can also relate to having difficulties with breast feeding. I did it a little longer with each one, but it is not easy to do if you supply problems or latching problems! Or in the case of my last one, I was trying to potty train a 2yo and keep up with her 3yo sister at the same time! I agree with Tiany: a happy relaxed Mommy who is there full time is the best situation no matter the source of milk!
Blessings to you! I loved seeing the pics of your Grandmother and little one! My grandmother was able to see my first two. I am her namesake and it was special for me to have pictures and video of her with our girls.
Blessings to you! Praying that sleep comes at longer intervals! :)
In Him, Eva