Re: Last day
I agree with what you say, OP, in that it's overwhelming, but I also agree with the other posters who say to do what works best for you. I was given a lot of advice that just didn't feel right for me, or didn't work for my family and me. I beat myself up over giving bottles and formula for a while, even though I knew in my heart it was not the end of the world. Everything worked out fine and calmed down enough for breastfeeding to be easy and comfortable now. I had supply issues in the beginning, due to a bad start at the hospital, and a lactation consultant from the hospital (who was very sweet) told me to breastfeed on demand, pump in between when I could, even if it meant doing it at night, but also to make sure I got plenty of rest and ate nutritious food. Huh?!! Not sure when I was going to rest or cook while pumping and feeding constantly. Use your instincts and do what you think is best. There were nights I probably "should" have pumped, but opted for sleeping. I was also encouraged to feed my baby during the night when she started sleeping 12-hour stretches at 8 weeks, but I knew that was not going to work for us, and she grew perfectly and was well-rested. Hey, I am a health food advocate, but ate some Taco Bell not long ago! Don't drive yourself crazy with anything. If it comes naturally to you, then you must have good instincts for it.
Mom to my sweet little "Pooper," born 10/12/11, and "Baby Brother," born 6/23/2014, and married to heavy metal husband. Working more than full-time, making healthy vegetarian meals for family, and trying to keep up with exercise routine.