The Breastfeeding Diaries: Katie from Yellow Mango Life

August 6, 2014

Hi there! I'm Katie and I blog over at Yellow Mango Life.  I live in Omaha, NE with my husband and our two and a half year old son, Cruz. I work in casino marketing and everything outside of that is fair game to make it on the pages of my ol' blog, specifically our life, our favorite things, little man clothes and anything else that I think will keep your attention.

So I thought I would take a different route on Julie's so very popular Breastfeeding Diaries.

You see, I didn't breastfeed.

Wait a sec. Isn't this a series dedicated to breastfeeding ups and downs, good and bad, wins and losses, you might ask?

And you would be right. It is.

But I also thought it would be interesting to get another perspective. From a mama just like all of you, who chose not to breastfeed.

Let me start off by saying I give tons of props to all of you pretty ladies for making that decision to experience what I can only imagine to be one of the most rewarding, and at times, very difficult parts of raising a child. TONS of props. I think it's a very beautiful thing.

But breastfeeding wasn't for me.

I realize that sounds like a selfish statement. And sometimes I feel extremely selfish for not giving it a try. But when I was pregnant and thought about what role breastfeeding would play in our lives, I just didn't see it working.

You see, I work a lot of hours. (Please know, I realize that many of you do as well.)  I also worked quite a bit during my leave and I had to go back to work after 8 weeks. Not only that but my work week is different from a lot of people's in that my place of work never sleeps. We are a 24/7 business and I work my hours "at work" but more often than not, I work every night from home as well. I couldn't figure out where I would fit in pumping regularly when I was always on conference calls, being called to the floor and in meetings. Very rarely do I take a lunch break that doesn't involve a working lunch/meeting.

With my hours and working out of the home, when at the time my husband wasn't, formula feeding allowed him to be able to help with the feedings, particularly middle of the night, so I could get a decent night's sleep when I went back to work.

Not only that, but I had talked with our pediatrician quite a bit about this as well. She was a working mom of new twins who had breastfed, but reassured me that there was formula that had all of the vitamins and nutrients that our little guy needed and that formula-feeding was a completely safe alternative. I had also done quite a bit of research on the matter.

Fortunately Cruz did extremely well on formula.

He had no weight issues, rarely did he spit up after feedings and sucked down his formula like you wouldn't believe.

And we have ourselves an amazingly smart, funny, happy little man on our hands.

Do I regret not trying? 

Sometimes.

Was I concerned I would lose the mother-baby bond that is a part breastfeeding?

Yes, I did initially - but having gone through it I no longer feel I missed out on it and have an amazing relationship with our guy.

Did I worry - what if it's because I didn't breastfeed? - every time something health-wise happened to my kiddo?

You betcha. It's always on my mind. I think that is just another part of mommy guilt that we all feel at any given time while navigating this craziness that is being a mama.

Do I wonder - somewhat vainly - if the baby weight would've come off easier had I breastfed? (Because it definitely didn't - remember here & here)

Absolutely.

Do I regret my decision?

Not at all. In the end the most important thing you can do for your baby is love them and be there for them - and that includes feeding them the way that you choose.

Thank you Julie for letting me share our version on your Breastfeeding Diaries! xo

Check out Cruz's birth story here.
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17 Responses to “The Breastfeeding Diaries: Katie from Yellow Mango Life”

  1. love katie and her blog. one of my faves for sure. i just wish she didn't work so much so she could blog more. and THANK YOU, julie, for sharing another perspective to the breastfeeding bit. it's so important to be learn as much as we can about all avenues.

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  2. such a great reminder, that no matter what you choose, you are choosing it for your child and what you think is best. I love hearing everyones different journeys and perspectives!!!

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  3. I'm a big fan of Katie's too......I'm her mom! Also the mother of 5 and I didn't breast feed. In the 70's it wasn't the thing to do and I also worked full time. But I have to say, I had five beautiful, healthy babies with no allergies or medical conditions. I think breast feeding is a choice we make and should not feel guilty if you choose not to do it.
    Keep up the blogging ladies, what a great way to share!

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  4. It's hard not to beat yourself up. No matter what you choose. No one knows what's best for you besides you. And hey! You got Katie to blog! I applaud you! I have missed her. ;)

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  5. Yay, Katie!! I love your story and perspective on it all. I think this is such a great story for other mama's. I felt an enormous amount of pressure to breastfeed (from society, doctors, other moms) and suffered through the challenges that came with that. But, I definitely agree it's a personal choice and I applaud you for being brave enough to choose what was best for you and your little fam. You're right, Cruz is not lacking at all in the love department.. and that's all that matters! =)

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  7. Loved getting a different perspective. Us Mom's need to stick together and not beat each other up for what we did or didn't do. Your little man is so cute, Katie!

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  8. I didn't breastfeed either. I was very happy with my decision. My second son is on the way and I don't plan on breastfeeding this time either. It's not for everyone. I'm glad there is someone else that felt the same way.

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  9. I loved that this story was included in a "breastfeeding" series. What a gorgeous family!

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  10. Thank you for sharing this Katie! And Julie, I just love that you included this in the breastfeeding diaries. Every mom has a unique and important story!!

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  11. Thanks for sharing Katie and Julie! I love your blog Katie and am so happy that you shared another perspective!!!

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  12. Your family is beautiful, Katie!:) Definitely agree that breastfeeding is not for everyone, and am glad that Julie chose to share this point of view on her series! It's important for all moms to know that making the best decisions for their babies is the most important thing - whether that means breastfeeding or formula feeding.

    As a side note, I too had to return to work very quickly after having my son - after just 7 weeks of leave. In my opinion, the lack of good maternity leave options for many women here in the US is a topic that should be addressed. It's terrible!!!

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  13. I love that this story was included in the breastfeeding diaries! A working mama myself, I had the same fears. While I didn't have quite the crazy schedule that she does, I did experience some of the same thoughts. I did try to breastfeed but it didn't work out for us... and that's ok. It doesn't for everyone for various reasons. We are all mamas doing the best we can for our kids. And we are all doing GREAT!

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  14. I chose to formula feed and it was the best decision. I didn't have to stress, it was just so easy for us. Happy Mommy = happy baby! I fully plan on formula feeding my next one as well. Thanks for sharing!

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  15. I love this! I didn't choose to formula feed my son, it was chosen for me and I felt the guilt big time! I am now one week in with my daughter and am able to breast feed this time {if all goes well}. I think it is great to see both sides because both have their pro's and con's, and I love my kids the same and that is what really matters.

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  16. Julie - thank you so much for letting me share my side! Love having the chance to explain why some mamas don't breastfeed. Seriously you are the best!

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  17. Katie - thanks for sharing your story! This is the perfect example of how us moms should be - supportive no matter the decision! As long as baby/mom/dad are healthy, happy and fine with their decision... that's perfect! No more mom judging!!!

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