I am a Similac StrongMoms Ambassador *
I was recently selected as a Similac StrongMoms Ambassador, and while I’m really excited to blog about my experience with Similac’s useful Baby Journal iPhone app, I wanted to speak to you all for a moment about my very personal breastfeeding experience. I mean, I think it’s only fitting.
Keep reading to learn more about Similac’s StrongMoms Baby Journal App!
When I was pregnant with my son, I knew two things with unwavering certainty. One, that I would deliver naturally, and two, that I would breastfeed my child. When I say that I knew, I mean that my mind was set, my heart was steady, and I really believe that every cell in my body and spark in my soul, were convinced. I was on board. I was ready to rock and roll. I had the nipple cream on standby.
Then, after months of being assured by doctors that my little breech boy would probably turn, and doing everything including standing on my head to facilitate that, I was in labor, and he was trying to come out feet first.
Certainty number one? Dashed. I had a c-section, which is a blog post chock full of disappointment and heartache for anther day. Of course, I still had certainty number two. Breastfeeding was something I could control, and I was ready to feed this kid!
You see where this is going, right? I will let you read more about why breastfeeding didn’t work for us in the original post, but I will say, there are many reasons women may not breastfeed. The reasons are varied, sometimes complicated, but always personal. There is no blogger (and I like this one), no activist, no commenter or outspoken Twitter user that can inflict a pain on me deeper or more profound than the absolute agony that I put myself through when I failed to breastfeed my child, but if you want, you can give it your best effort.
After a month of struggling, crying, pumping, and eventually waving the white flag (we made it one month, and I am very proud of that), I decided something pretty important.
I decided that, in fact, while breastfeeding wasn’t working, my son still needed to eat.
I am still on board with breastfeeding. I view it as the first, best, and most obvious choice. I mean, duh, right? Duh. When I have another baby, I will use the knowledge and experience that I gained the first time around, and do my best to make breastfeeding successful. I think that mothers who breastfeed are amazingly wonderful and beautiful, and I envy all of you. I still have hope that we can make it work longer, next time.
That said? I am pretty sure my Similac-fed kid is going to be OK. I mean, if you consider off-the-chart growth and crazy-smart, OK. I call it freaking awesome, but that’s just me. Having Similac Isomil cans stacked in the cupboard was a part of my parenting reality for 12 months. Do you know what that makes me? It just makes me Crissy. A mom who tried to breastfeed, and ended up bottle feeding. A regular mom, trying as hard as she can to raise a good, healthy kid. A woman, who felt certain, but encountered bumps. Listen, I’m just trying to do my best, like you.
More About the Similac StrongMoms Baby Journal
Now, back to my original purpose here. I’m really (believe it or not!) here to tell you about Similac’s StrongMoms Baby Journal iPhone App. Whether you breastfeed, or bottle feed, this application is an extraordinarily intuitive and useful way to track important information about your newborn.
Do you remember after having your first baby, being told by your nurse that keeping a journal of feedings, diapers, and sleep habits was a good idea? I was a nervous wreck when I brought Evan home from the hospital, because as a rookie mom, I had no idea how much he should be eating, how many times a day he needed to be wetting and dirtying diapers, and how much sleep was normal.
For some moms (and at the instruction of many doctors, and nurses) tracking and journaling after bringing baby home is a very valid and helpful way to have an overview of what’s going on with this new person, this new life. For moms who are anti-schedule, or don’t believe journals are a useful way to learn, well, you’re one up on me. Heck, maybe you’re two or three up on me, but that’s one of the beautiful perks of being a grown woman. We can make choices that we feel are going to work best in our particular situation. Can I get three cheers for parenting the way I see fit? A high-five? How about an Amen?
I tried to be diligent about keeping that paper journal when I brought him home, but I was so exhausted after having Evan, that I really sort of flunked out early on this task. If I would have had the Similac StrongMoms Baby Journal App, I am sure that I would have used it much more, and much longer.
For those of you who breastfeed, check out this wonderful breastfeeding journal. You can easily set a timer to track feeding times and breast used.
One thing that I would suggest to Similac for improvement, is the addition of a clock showing the current time that can easily be accessed without having to close the application.
I also really love the growth tracker, and generally, being able to have an overview of your baby’s trends thanks to easy to understand visual graphs is really amazing.
I will definitely be recommending this app to my friends who are new moms, and want to keep a journal of their baby’s schedule. I think that it is a great tool, and one that I will certainly use if I have another baby.
Disclosure: I was compensated to provide my honest thoughts on Similac’s Baby Journal App, and for participation in subsequent projects as part of a campaign through Collective Bias. It’s funny, I write a lot of these disclosures, and this is the first time I’ve ever felt compelled to become conversational. This topic, and this company specifically, have been key in my early experience of motherhood, even though neither were in the plan.