Natalie Morales on Breastfeeding
Submitted by Natalie Morales
With my first son, Josh, I was able to breastfeed for exactly three months, which was my goal. So naturally, I assumed I would be able to do the same with my second son, Luke.
But Luke was constantly spitting up, and I was worried he wasn't eating enough. Plus, he seemed like he was in pain. At first, I thought he was allergic to my milk, which really got me upset. This was supposed to be the natural way, right? So why wasn't it working?
We took Luke to the doctor and it turned out his digestive tract was just immature. The pediatrician recommended switching to formula. I was really torn about it, because I was determined to go the full three months, and he was barely eight weeks old! I It became too difficult to watch him struggle and be in pain, so I did stop breastfeeding.
When I saw how much better Luke was taking formula, it was such a relief. He still spits up, probably more than most babies, and there was a lot of trial and error to find out which formula worked for him, but once we did, he seemed almost happier that we'd made the switch.
Still, it was a hard choice to make, but I don't regret it. I'd rather see my baby happy and healthy than miserable and cranky because I was too stubborn to stop breastfeeding.
Besides being a mom, Natalie Morales is best known as a national correspondent and co-anchor for the Today show.