(Seriously, y'all... I can't thank you enough for all your helpful registry tips. They were incredibly helpful when I went to register!)
As if you guys haven't had enough baby talk from me lately, today we're talking about boobies. And bottles.
I am planning on at least attempting to breastfeed (but I'm not going to put a whole lot of pressure on myself, and if it ends up not working out, I will happily [and with no guilt] feed our little princess with formula). It's obviously a strange concept for someone who has never done it before, and I will frankly tell you that the idea of it weirds me out a little bit. So I'm soliciting any tips/pointers/suggestions you guys have for a newbie breastfeeder. I registered for what I've heard is the "Cadillac" of breast pumps: the Medela Pump In Style double electric breastpump. Did you guys use others that you swear by?
Similarly, if you used formula, I'd love to hear your thoughts on bottles, which formula you ended up using, etc.
Lastly (with hopefully no controversy), I'm curious about what you all decided on with respect to feeding on demand versus more scheduled, parent-directed feeding (i.e., the Babywise method). I don't have any definitive plans yet (though I'll admit that I'm leaning toward a modified Babywise approach) and would love to hear your thoughts.
In a nutshell, I want to know:
How do/did you gals get your babies' tummies full?
This week's topic might strike some strong feelings in some of you mama bears, but let's keep this a judgment-free zone. As I've said here before, I feel strongly that moms should support one another, and there are many ways to achieve what I'm sure is the ultimate goal of most moms: to raise healthy, happy children who are equipped to face the world.