I’ve talked about this before, and probably will again, so try to bear with me.
Yesterday was little B’s 4 month well visit. He got a “perfect” from a doctor and there was even a “you’re doing a great job” for me to enjoy. (Oh, how I love parental praise) He weighs a whopping 16.3 lbs and is 26 1/4″ tall. (Birth stats were 9.4 lbs, 21.5″) He’s a large, healthy baby, we got the go-ahead for solids, and I’m so proud of him and everyday I’m happy to be his Momma.
A thought occurred to me last night as I posted the expected “4 month birthday” photo with his current stats. I am not the only one responsible for his wonderful growth. I’ve posted before how grateful I am to his Milky Momma, but never really thought about just how much we owe to her. This wonderful lady (let’s call her J) donates milk in whatever amount and however often he needs it. We’ve picked up twice so far and my freezer is constantly full of liquid gold.
I say a silent thank you to J with every bag of milk I thaw, especially lately as my battle with supply is finally coming to an end (and not in my favor). This is something I’m struggling with, and I struggle every day. Thoughts that cross my mind;
I’m an inadequate mother.
I’m a failure.
I’m not trying hard enough.
Why can’t I feed my own child?
What will I do if J can no longer donate to us?
Every time I have one of these thoughts, I have to talk myself down. I remind myself, “There is milk in the bottle, there is cloth on the bum, clothes on the back, toys on the mat. Ben is happy, healthy, and growing strong.” This is usually followed by a, “Yeah, but I’m not feeding him.” Where I remind myself I did not continue to feed him formula that his body couldn’t process. I reached out! I found multiple milk-sharing organizations! I not only found them, I found the courage to post my need! I found the time and courage to meet with women I had never met to collect the milk my son so desperately needed. I did what I had to do to feed him without his little body being in constant pain. I am a good mother.
And not all the good parts of milk-sharing have been for little B. I honestly believe I’ve developed a nice friendly relationship with both women who have provided for him. I have two more Mommies to talk to, to depend on. Being able to be this friendly and close has helped me to trust in them more completely, and they definitely deserve all the thanks I can give to them.
Do you have special women that contribute positively to you or your child’s life?