After almost 9 months, Olivia is finally taking a bottle! I can not even begin to describe how happy this makes me. I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders because I don't have to be her only food source anymore! I can finally pass the buck to someone else. What a relief!! I really wanted to nurse her until a year. And I may still do that. But for now, I'm at least supplementing her with formula. She's not even 15 pounds yet which is less than double her birth weight. By the textbooks, she should have doubled her birth weight by 6 months. But because she was gaining enough weight (barely) and happy and healthy, her pediatrician and I weren't too concerned about it. Last night, she slept 10 straight hours without waking up. I can't even remember the last time she did that. I truly think she has been waking up at night because she's hungry. But no more!! Or at least I'm hoping not!
The funny thing is, I don't feel the slightest bit of guilt for giving her formula. For nine months I didn't because I thought I would feel guilty. But now that we are past the point of no return, I don't feel at all guilty. Most women don't even make it to the 9 month mark so I'm grateful I was able to nurse her that long. Now, I'm done....mostly. I feel so free!
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