This is a sponsored post brought to you by Enfamil. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.
Maverick is almost 6 months old now and he is growing so quickly. I cannot believe we are half way to his first birthday- time please slow down! He is seriously the best baby every- he eats well, will usually only wake up once during the night, and is always so happy and playful. It is truly a wonderful testament of God’s love watching him develop and learn on his own. It’s so amazing to see his progress over time and watch him grow physically and developmentally into such a big and smart little man.
Our feeding journey wasn’t as textbook as I had thought it would be. No matter how much I prepared, studied, and researched, nature took its course and didn’t abide by MY “plan.” In fact, feeding was very hard and still has its moments. When he was a newborn, we struggled with breastfeeding. I knew before I was pregnant that I was going to breastfeed and didn’t think otherwise. I prepared myself for the struggle many moms warned me about and the pain that comes with it- both physically and mentally. It wasn’t until I experienced the extreme pain that I realized the magnitude of it. Maverick had a killer latch from the beginning. He was an aggressive little thing, especially when he was eating. And pain from it all just killed me so much that I couldn’t take it. The transition from breast to bottle wasn’t easy- for me at least. Maverick took milk in whatever vehicle he received it in, so thankfully that wasn’t the issue. It was my own pain that made it so difficult. I didn’t know where to begin. I had to dig out the bottles from storage because I didn’t think I would need them so quickly. My mom helped me sanitize all the bottles while I tried pumping (with no prior experience), all within the small window between his feedings, pressuring myself to make enough for his demand. I even discovered I was pumping wrong after a week of working by butt off. What a rollercoaster it was!
Now we are 6 months in, and while our routine is now established, I cannot say it has gotten any easier. While Maverick is continuing to eat super well, even as we transition to solids, it is me that has struggled. I have had too many clogged ducts and even got hit with mastitis once, which is a level of pain I don’t wish upon anyone. I miss out on feedings, snuggles, and playtime because I am busy pumping. And it causes me to wake up in the middle night, even when he is sound asleep. I know- there are so many benefits to breastfeeding, which is why I have lasted this long. But sometimes, it just becomes too much and takes me away from important moments with my boy and for myself. I know I’m not the only mama who feels this way. That is why I like to have Enfamil Enspire formula stocked and available when needed, in the event that I my supply diminishes unexpectedly or I just don’t want to do it anymore. I am so thankful to have a brand like Enfamil that is able to provide my little one with the same nutrients as my body would. Enspire has the immune-supporting Lactoferrin, a protein also found in breastmilk, which is something I can trust for my growing little man. And they just launched Enspire Gentlease, which is designed to ease fussiness, gas, and crying in 24 hours.
After attempting to breastfeed the first week after Maverick was born, I was devastated when it didn’t work out. I felt like I wasn’t fulfilling my duty as a mother. But after many tears from the physical and emotional pain, it just clicked. All he needed was amble vitamins and nutrients- because #FedIsBest. So when the time comes to make that transition, I will be prepared by having Enfamil Enspire stocked. Now I can have relief in knowing healthy options are easily available at Walmart for feeding our little squish. Follow the link HERE to purchase this awesome formula and begin a healthy eating journey for you and your babe.