Kristin Cavallari is relishing being a mom to her baby son, Camden. She told us recently what a joy it is to see him grow and reach milestones like trying solids and cutting his first tooth (without a fuss, she adds).
But there’s one part of motherhood that she did find especially daunting: breastfeeding.
In an interview with HollywoodLife, Kristin admits that she stopped nursing five-month-old Camden a few weeks ago because it was so time-consuming.
“It was the hardest part of the whole thing and no one tells you that,” she tells the site. “I was a slave to pumping.”
Instead, she plans to use a goat’s-milk-based formula that her fiance, Jay Cutler, found.
Hers is a dilemma shared by many moms, though you don’t always hear about it. Finding a convenient place to nurse during the day isn’t always possible, and if a baby is a leisurely eater, it can seem as though half your life is spent with your shirt unbuttoned.
Pumping bottles is a great alternative – if you have enough milk left after your little peanut finishes his fresh meal. Sometimes you can only manage to pump an ounce or two, which means you have to combine three or four bags just to get one bottle’s worth. Pain and poor production are two other issues that drive new moms to give up breastfeeding before the recommended deadline of six months to a year.
Unfortunately, moms also tend to see the issue as an all-or-nothing proposition. Either you commit to the boob or you go strictly formula – no in-between. Yet alternating nursing with formula is a perfectly acceptable option, especially if it means giving your baby the benefits of breast milk for a longer period.
Maybe celebs ought to pair up with lactation consultants to get the information they need to breastfeed as long as they can or want to – and share their solutions so that other moms can see all the alternatives.
What do you think? What advice would you give to Kristin?
[Photo: via PacificCoastNews]
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