Professor Mom

Chronicles the life of a mom, teacher, and writer trying to stay sane amid the chaos of daily life.



Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

Ooooooh, that lady had no proper training. You don't talk that way to a new mom! Sheesh. Giving social workers everywhere a bad name.

My babies were skinny. They just were. My little guy would not be satisfied while I was breast feeding, just wanted to eat and eat and I had that same fear. And weaned him completely before he was 4 months old. I felt so bad, I'd made it past 7 month with B, so felt like short changed him somehow. In the end, it didn't seem to matter one bit. Although...he was a much happier guy once he could drink a full bottle. I just couldn't keep up!

We all have those fears, huh. If I think about it too much - I still have those dark, quiet fears. I just try to quiet them so that I can be halfway sane!

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

I nursed T. for 23 months, so talk about feeling like you short-changed one child!

I think new moms are so vulnerable, and we fall prey to so much bad advice, or well-meaning adviced that ends up making us feel badly...

the_tars's picture the_tars

I nursed BubTar for about 8-9 months, with some formula supplementation. He had a huge appetite. As for KayTar, it took her a month to latch on for the first time (during which I was pumping and bottle-feeding), but once she got the latch it was a horrible experience for both of us. She hated it and it made me so anxious, we gave up by 3 months and went to all formula. Now I know that it was her low oral tone giving us fits and the bottle was easier for her to get milk from, but then it did feel a lot like some fundamental mothering failure.

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

It's amazing how we can look back and see the missing puzzle pieces fitting it. I can see now that the way L. eats is the way he's ALWAYS eaten--sensory issues and all...