This post was sponsored by NUK as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central, however all opinions expressed are my own.
I know I’ve been quiet on the blog about Joey’s monthly updates, but today I’m sharing something that I think every breastfeeding mom has gone through!
Joey has been exclusively breastfed since birth, and while I’m proud and thankful for that, it can also get to be a lot on me. There have been times when I literally feel like all I get done in a day is nurse her.
Don’t get me wrong though, I truly do love breastfeeding. I am thankful that she is getting so much good nutrition and antibodies from my milk, and I’m also thankful for the bond it has created. I really do believe in the power of breastfeeding, and I’ve seen it with all 3 of my daughters.
Also, all 3 of my daughters have had separation anxiety.
It’s tough! I feel like the options are to either have some sanity and go with formula and lack on important things that only breast milk offers, or either keep breastfeeding so your baby is healthy but you loose some of your sanity. Right?
I do feel like some of this is my fault with Joey. I went through some serious postpartum anxiety issues myself, and because of that I think it’s a contributing factor in her separation anxiety as well. For the first six months of her life, we never had a babysitter because I felt like I couldn’t be away from her. So, I never bottle fed her my breast milk. Mostly because we never had to, but also because I wasn’t ready.
I did pump some to have a stock built up, but I would just put it in the freezer for later, and then breastfeed her like normal. I never really tried to get her on a bottle.
That’s where I messed up.
She was so used to me, that when I was ready to leave her for the first time, she refused the bottle we gave her. She could tell a difference right away. She was mad, fussy, and that only made things worse. What was I thinking with not trying the bottle before?!
Sometimes we just have to learn lessons the hard way, right?
We’ve left her only two more times after this, and she was doing a little better with the bottle, but still not liking it. We got it to where Sam could offer her a bottle of my breast milk and she would take it, but she didn’t like it from anyone else. Pumping and trying to bottle feed her was becoming even more stressful, so I was about ready to just give up and just let her be super attached to me for awhile longer.
Well, I’ve found a solution to this problem, thankfully.
I was offered to do a review for NUK Simply Natural bottles, and felt like it was such a weird coincidence that we were struggling with this at the same time! It was like a God send!
I was able to pump hands free for the first time ever, and she even liked the bottles! YOU GUYS!
Oh and ps- I have a whole other blog post coming to you soon about pumping hands free. Yes, it was that nice. 🙂
Anyways, I figured out why she was okay with these bottles, and even likes them.
The NUK Simply Natural bottles are made just like a woman’s breast. I know this might be weird, but they are exactly the same. They are designed to be just like the shape of a breast, made with extra soft silicone that is flexible! So when she is sucking, the nipple on the bottle will move to ensure a continuous latch, and it feels like a breast to her. It’s soft and squishy, not that super hard stiff plastic like on some bottles.
NUK Simply Natural bottles are identical to my breasts, so she feels comfortable with them!
Also, the cool part is that the nipple has up to nine little tiny holes just like a breast, not just a few big ones. This way the flow of the milk feels most natural to her.
So now we are working on those attachment issues, thanks to these bottles. I’m able to pump easily and stress free, then Sam feeds the bottle to her. She is slowly but surely becoming more okay with not being either on my hip or on my breast 24/7.
NUK Simply Natural bottles were the perfect solution to our problem with separation anxiety. I was losing sleep and becoming stressed with the idea of her not being okay with being away from me. I didn’t want to transition to formula, but I just needed some me time.
Now we are able to still be giving her good breast milk, and I’m able to escape to our bedroom to read in peace, or even go to get my hair done!
It’s such a good feeling and I encourage you to try these bottles if you are having the same struggles I was. 🙂
Learn more about the NUK Simply Natural bottles here:
Remember how I mentioned about hands free, stress free pumping? Well, here’s a little preview of the next post I’ll be doing. These Simply Natural Freemie cups are simply ah-mazing if you’re a busy mom (aren’t we all?!).