Setting Breastfeeding Goals

She looks so much chunkier than she really is, but as of last Friday she is finally weighing in at a whole 7 pounds!   It may not sound like a lot, but it is great improvement from the tiny 5 pounds 9 ounces she was when we brought her home from the hospital.

And let me tell you, she is a little piggy!  The first out of all three of my children to not have any weight issues with breastfeeding, and have smooth sailing from day one at the breast. I am certainly shocked, but I am also really excited because I don’t think I could have dealt with failing all over again, or using formula again.

Before she was born, I set a plethora of breastfeeding goals to make the process to cutting out formula altogether for this child reachable.

The first goal I set was 3 weeks which came and went last week.
Then I have 6 weeks as our next goal.   The 6 week mark is where I started having issues with both of my older sons, while I was able to make it over the hurdle with my oldest son, my youngest was on formula 100% by 6 weeks because of the problems I had, as well as he had.

After 6 weeks, my next goal is 3 months. It seems like a good number, and with my oldest I was going strong and finally starting to overcome the weight issues, and realize he was just going to be a tall and skinny child and we should stop worrying about weight gain based on charts and curves based off of formula fed children.   To this day, he is still tall and skinny, and most pants that actually fit him in length fall right off his butt!

After 3 months I have put my next goal as 6 months, and then once a month after that… 7 months… 8 months… 9 months.

Ultimately my goal is to make it to 12 months because we have no desire to go through formula again after ending up using it for both of the boys at some point.  It is a huge goal, I know that… but this time around it is just so much more important because we aren’t planning on having anymore children.   I know it is my final chance to really do it. Which is pushing me even more to be successful.

Have you set up goals to help you be successful in breastfeeding?

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