Warning: This post is about nursing. Don't worry, the picture is of Ben with a bottle.
I was sick a couple of weeks ago, mostly allergies that led to a bad sinus infection and then a little stomach bug, but that little sickness had big ramifications for Ben and I. I nursed Addison until she was a year old. She took a few bottles but for the most part it was all me. Ben and I were on the right track to do the same thing, until I got sick. When I went to the doctor they gave me an anithistamine that I could take while nursing, but it did cause some problems and then I had no appetite and got dehydrated, not good when you are nursing. Bennett aslo hit a growth spurt at this time, and cut his top two teeth. Do you know what a baby does when they are hungry and not getting enough to eat? They bite down. While I was sick I knew Ben wasn't getting enough so I gave him a bottle to see if he would take it. Up until that point he had taken exactly 1 bottle, ever. He was hungry enough this time that he took it like a champ. I was so happy, but so torn. I really considered trying to get my milk supply to come back, but I was afraid that it would just be stressful for both of us. Our little man has taken to formula so well, and boy does he go through it. He was definitely going through a growth spurt last week so I am glad I made my decision, even though it was very difficult for me. It became difficult for Jon when I had to start buying formula. We really didn't know just how expensive it was! I know this won't seem like a big deal to everyone, but it was a very hard decision for me. I am thankful for everyone that has supported me through making it.
Here is a picture of Ben holding his bottle for the first time. I don't usually do this, but I was in a hurry to go pick up Addie so we made it work.