An Uncomplicated Life Blog: Happy Mom, Happy Baby, Happy Family

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Happy Mom, Happy Baby, Happy Family

Focusing on what makes you and your family happy


Having kids is tough. Teenagers are tough, toddlers are tough and perhaps toughest of all are newborns. There's a lot of diapers, spit up, changes (diapers and clothes) and of course those constant feedings. The "toughness" is why it's so important to focus on what makes you happy in those early months! Because a happy mom and happy baby equals a happy family. Especially with feedings!

Having a happy family is THE most important thing - more important than breastfeeding or what formula you choose to use! #FormulaForHappiness

Gerber® reached out to ask me to share my #FormulaForHappiness. Months ago, I talked about how I breastfed and then transitioned to formula feeding Henry. Which was a fitting story for a formula company! However, Otto is exclusively breastfed. I haven't introduced any formula with him (yet). So why the heck would Gerber® want me to talk about that?!

The coolest part of working with them is that they completely support breastfeeding moms. And formula moms. And sleep deprived moms. And dads! They offer sleep consultations (which I had last week for Otto and she was SO helpful - if you're struggling, set up your free appointment NOW and get some professional tips!) and lactation consultants and now, they've changed all their formula to be non-GMO. No matter which route you plan to take (or don't plan to take, but end up taking) to feed your baby, they're there to be a helpful resource.

Unlike with Henry, I'm actually enjoying breastfeeding Otto. I don't mind waking up in the middle of the night and snuggling with him while he feeds. Why? Probably because Otto is only waking up twice in the night to feed and not every hour and a half like Henry. He's a quick nurser, so we're only up for about a half hour, and that includes a diaper change. And the Gerber® sleep consultant gave me some help so that I wake up, feed him, and he goes right back to sleep. Breastfeeding is quick and easy for us this go-around, and it's partially due to the help from Gerber® experts!

Less camera and more nipple, ma.
I'm a big believer that you can formula feed your baby. You can breastfeed in public, and *should* be able to do so without shame. You can do both at one time if that works for you, or you can do one and then switch to another! However you decide to get the job done, families' should focus on what makes mom (or dad!) and baby happy so that the whole family is happy.

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17 comments:

  1. Moms do what works for them <3! Great post!

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    1. You are right Pinky, To become a mother and to be a mother is the most challenging part that is hard to imagine. I admire all the mother out there for giving so much for what is best for the family. The secret is already revealed, the happy Mom, happy baby (=) happy family.

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  2. So happy to hear that he is a great nurser! I didn't know they had these sleep consultants that is such a great idea. Thanks for getting the word out, I'm sure there are a ton of moms that are sleep deprived and would love some help!

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  3. I wish E had been a good nurser or gone back to sleep after.

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  4. YES YES YES YES YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    However you choose to parent... THAT should be celebrated! People are so judgey when it comes to parenting. I'm so glad to see that Gerber just likes to support parents in general. Go Gerber!

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  5. I was so blessed with loving nursing last time and I hope I do again, but I'm noting this if we have to formula feed with Bear-Gerber has my vote!

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  6. I love your little family! Your boys are so cute.

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  7. It's awesome that Gerber does all that to support moms! I had no idea. I'll definitely have to look into that as we start the breastfeeding journey with our little one!

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  8. That is so awesome to know that Gerber has all of those resources! Yes- happy mom, fed babies, sleep! Formula for success indeed! I love supporting companies that go the extra mile.

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  9. mamas gotta do what a mamas gotta do! like you said, happy mama, happy baby!

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  10. totally agree with everything - you gotta do whats right for you and your family, end of story!

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  11. I'm so glad to hear that nursing is going better for you this time around! It's great to hear about new resources available for moms. I had never thought to reach out to a company like Gerber for help. That's really cool!

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  12. All that's important is that you do what works for you, your family, etc. Great Post!

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  13. Motherhood must be very challenging but very fulfilling experience. All the hardship has paid when you see your children growing. To be happy and contented is the best weapon to survive every hardship for being a Mom.


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