This post is sponsored by KABRITA.
It’s been a few months since I’ve gone back to work outside the house, and we’ve been using KABRITA Toddler Goat Milk Formula to supplement ever since. I’m still breastfeeding my almost-17-month-old son, but I do have plans to wean close to 24-months (or sooner, if he insists).
My last post about KABRITA seemed to do really well with my readers, so I figured an update on how we’re doing a few months down the line and what steps we plan to take towards eventually weaning Sebastian off breastmilk would be of interest too. As of now, I only nurse before naps and bedtime. When I’m not home, Sebastian usually has a bottle of KABRITA during the day.
Neither of us is quite ready to fully quit, but I’m planning on it happening close to my son’s second birthday, similar to my daughter Vienna. I was actually pregnant with my son when I weaned Vienna; I had just started my second trimester and was experiencing small but uncomfortable contractions whenever I’d breastfeed. That was when I decided it was the right time to wean for us.
How I weaned Vienna actually worked out quite easily, to my surprise. I mainly nursed her before naps and bedtime too, so I told her that the boobies had gone to sleep (in Russian) and replaced them with a bottle. Funnily enough, she had never accepted a bottle when she was a baby, but when she was older, she was all about it. The key was to replace the comfort she was getting from breastfeeding with something else (a bottle).
We chose KABRITA when Sebastian turned one, because it’s naturally easy to digest, non-GMO, and provides important nutrition for his growing little body. KABRITA Goat Milk Formula delivers 5g of protein per cup (8 oz) and is fortified with 22 vitamins and minerals, including vitamin D, B12, iron, folic acid, and DHA and ARA, essential fatty acids that support vision and the nervous system.
To be honest, I’ll be sad to stop breastfeeding completely, but with such great tools like KABRITA and some awesome things to look forward to that I’m not allowed to do while breastfeeding (i.e., laser hair removal, woohoo), I feel that we’ll all fare well. I remember with Vienna I was sad for a moment but started enjoying having a little bit more freedom pretty quickly.
As for a working mom update, it’s still hard to leave for long periods of time and not be able to do the things I used to do for and with my kids (or at least not as often as I used to). I miss taking them to parks or just somewhere fun almost every single day. I miss having a clean(ish) house when I was at home most of the time (my husband is with them while I’m at work, and he’s not quite an OCD cleaner like me). I miss cooking homemade meals, doing crafts with my daughter, and gardening in my backyard. I still do all those things, but not quite as often as before. That’s the only downside to working. You have to work certain hours. However, one of my friends was showing me an article about some great employee retention strategies the other day. In that article, it was saying that flexible working hours are one of the best ways to keep staff from leaving the job. Due to my responsibilities at home, it might be beneficial for me to ask for some flexibility in my working hours. At least that would allow me to spend more time with my kids, especially because they’re still so young. Maybe I’ll think about that. Sometimes it’s nice to have some peace and quiet though!
On the flip side, there are some wonderful positives to working outside the home too. I enjoy having the stable income (duh), and I love being able to work without being interrupted. I always worked when I was a stay-at-home mom (and still do on my blog and Instagram collaborations with brands these days), but it’s really refreshing to just go somewhere and focus on work for a set amount of time without feeling guilt for kind of “ignoring” my kids a bit. If you’ve ever tried working from home around a toddler and a baby, you feel me. 🙂
Head to my Instagram where I’m hosting a GIVEAWAY for a 14 oz tin of Kabrita, a Kabrita-Kleen Kanteen bottle, and a Kabrita tote!
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