On infant formula

Sadly, my milk supply still hasn’t increased even though I have been working my a** off. ¬†I have been supplementing with formula or pumped milk since her 2 month doctor’s appointment and overall we have a very happy little girl that is gaining weight and finally has a thigh roll ūüôā ¬†This post is to share some knowledge over formula, what I give Berkley and our experience with it so far.

Prior to any milk supply problems I had read up on formula by chance. More out of curiosity than anything… but I am a researcher and I like to be informed. ¬† ¬†To give you some background, my husband and I are pretty health-conscience. ¬†We really care about what we eat & where it is sourced from. ¬†We care about animal treatment and will pay more for food that we know is higher quality. ¬†And we don’t trust the US food system all of the time. You can only watch so many documentaries to know that we have major issues in the US when it comes to our food. ¬†So I am a skeptic to begin with.

The first article I read was a Food Babe article over formula. ¬†The thing that bothered me about what I read was that it only compared organic US brands and there were still so many things “wrong” with the formula. ¬†Synthetic preservatives, palm oil, etc.

From the Food Babe article:

“I will only cover organic formula, and I hope that readers will understand that while there are many problems in this segment of the organic industry, organic formula is still a far better choice than conventional formula, with its genetically engineered ingredients (GMOs), milk from cows that were likely treated with antibiotics or artificial growth hormones, and oils that were processed with the use of neurotoxic solvents like hexane.¬† Major ingredients in conventional formula are derived from crops that were sprayed with harmful pesticides and herbicides in the field and likely fumigated in storage.”

My head was spinning after going through this article. ¬†But at this point, it didn’t even cross my mind that I would need to start giving Berkley formula sooner than later. ¬†Fast forward to her 2 month appointment and the #milksupplyprobs that I shared and all of the sudden I needed to give B formula. ¬†The first thing I did was order some Honest Company Organic Formula. Using the Food Babe article, I went through every single ingredient and decided it looked pretty good, all things considered. ¬†I liked the fact that the first ingredient was actual organic milk vs. some sort of sugar product- which is the first ingredient on most formulas, sadly.

After ordering and trying this formula (Berkley took it just fine. I didn’t notice any tummy issues) I did even more research and came across this article on Gimmethegoodstuff¬†which lead me to the discovery of Holle Infant formula out of Germany… which is pretty much as good as it gets when it comes to formula in regards to quality & safety. ¬†By this point, it was clear that I would be giving Berkley much more formula then planned, therefore, I have since then been ordering Holle through Little World Organics–¬†Berkley loves it. ¬†The biggest difference I have noticed in this formula is actually in her poos which are now very close to breastmilk poos even though she gets a good amount of formula per day (sorry Berkley for publicly blogging about your bowel movements).

I think as consumers often times we assume that the food we eat is safe if it is sold in the grocery stores. And you would assume that infant formula is especially safe & has the highest of quality standards. ¬†Sadly that isn’t always true. ¬†I know every mom just does they best they can do with the information they are given and it is overwhelming to literally put in the time and energy to research every-little-thing (and try to get some sleep!). ¬† ¬†I felt compelled to spread the word, especially if you are using formula. ¬†I know up until 2 months ago I was completely in the dark and it was just by-chance that I stumbled across these above articles. ¬†Sharing is caring and I care a lot about¬†you and your babies. ¬†Maybe I will start a formula company one day ūüôā

I promise my next post will be more fun!

xoxo,

Emily

All about how Berkley came to be: Part 2 Birth!

This won’t be the most exciting birth story you have ever heard- exactly what I had hoped for!¬†As mentioned in my previous post, my amazing doctor set up an induction date for me of April 7th (if I made it there!). I know induction, especially before 40 weeks, can be controversial. All I can say, is don’t judge until you have been through what I have. I really really needed this.

We checked into the hospital the night of April 6th to get things started. ¬†Unfortunately I was only dilated to a 1 when we got there. ¬†After a suppository to “ripen my cervix” (I know.. barf) I was maybe a 1.5. ¬†We were in a for long process! ¬†Pitocin was started around 8am on April 7th and literally the day went like this: still nothing.. up pitocin…still nothing…up pitocin…still nothing… up pitocin. ¬† They finally came and broke my water around lunch and things started to somewhat progress, but I think I was maybe a 4 at 4pm. Ha. At this point we all started thinking maybe this was going to be an April 8th baby vs. April 7th. ¬†The many texts asking for updates started slowing at this point as well. ¬† I did decide to get an epidural at some point in the afternoon. Contractions were finally starting to pick up and they were about 2 mins apart. ¬†You always hear stories about it being too late and I didn’t want to take any chances. ¬†I had decided before going in to get induced that I was OK with having an easier birth experience. I would LOVE to try naturally if there is a next time, but for this round I needed to be in a very controlled environment & I was OK with NOT being in a ton of pain. ūüôā

Finally about 7pm, I think I was still¬†somewhere between a 5-6 and my doctor said she was going to head to the other hospital where she had some patients and they were going to keep monitoring baby and just to let them know if I felt any strange pressure. ¬†I felt so numb from the epidural, I started thinking how I wouldn’t even be able to feel any pressure at all so I asked the anesthesiologist to come back in and lower my dose. ¬†I wanted to be able to feel things.

FINALLY, about 9pm I had 2 super strong contractions and I thought to myself that maybe, just maybe those did feel a little different. ¬†I asked my nurse to check me and sure enough she looked up at me and said “you are going to have a baby”. ¬†And I lost it. ¬†If you know me well, you know I am not an emotional person. And actually that’s not even that true. ¬†I am very emotional but I don’t show it in front of other people. ¬†Waterworks galore- was this really happening?? Finally?? Of course, my mom caught my tears on camera. ¬†Good work, Mom.

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Everyone except for Adam left the room, my nurse called my doctor and had me try a few practice pushes while we were waiting for the doctor. ¬†During the second push she actually had me stop because baby girl was right there and the doctor wasn’t in the room yet. ¬† ¬†My doctor got there. ¬†Again had me do a push – and then stopped me – because she wasn’t scrubbed in and baby girl was right there. ¬†Once she was scrubbed in, ¬†it was game time. ¬†Have I mentioned how much I LOVE giving birth? Like, if you told me I had to go have a baby today I would jump for joy. It is the most amazing experience. ¬†The fact that our body’s can even do that is baffling.

It took me just a few pushes to deliver Berkley.   As they pulled her out- she let out a loud cry and I was finally able to relax a little.  My little girl was here, alive.  Adam and I were literally in awe of her.  She was laid on my chest immediately and they started wiping her off.   So was so beautiful, adorable, the most cute thing I had ever seen. Truly.

Berkley Ann Griffin

April 7, 2015 at 9:55pm

6lb 12 oz, 20.5in

 

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