Breastfeeding vs. Formula Feeding: As a Type A Woman What Did You Choose?

breastfeeding vs formulaHere’s what may be a weird question: as a Type A, goal-oriented, overachieving chick, what was your thought process regarding your decision on breastfeeding vs. formula feeding your child? What was your emotional and intellectual response to the idea of it, and how did you reason through whichever decision you made?

Among friends I’ve seen a wide variety of responses to it, all of which may have been made… stronger, shall we say, based on the Type A-ness of the mom. But I think it’s an interesting question. (I really hope we can talk about this without judgment — for my $.02, there is no “right” answer for whether/how long to breastfeed or formula feed your child.) I’ve seen some moms grit their teeth and approach it with a grim determination. I’ve seen some who really loved the closeness with the baby — and some who were turned off by the feeling of being the Milk Lady. I’ve seen some high-achieving women say, “I’ll give it a go during maternity leave, but my career is too busy to be bothered with pumping and timing all of that.” I saw one interesting Facebook post from a very high achieving mom who noted that she felt she had to stop nursing each of her kids at 15 weeks in order to reclaim some ownership of herself and her body and otherwise get through her postpartum identity crisis. I noticed commenters were talking about “nursing goals” last Tuesday, which is new to me but makes sense to me as a goal-oriented woman.

So: how did YOU approach breastfeeding or formula-feeding? Why did you make the decision you made? Especially for those among you who have pumped for an extended period — how do you think about it?

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Everyone Thursday: Waterfall Cardigan

Waterfall CardiganI’ve long admired the popular waterfall cardigan at Loft — and they’re having great sales on it. It was a wee bit lower last night, during one of their flash sales — $15 — but if memory serves it was final sale at that price. I like the different colors it’s offered in (black, “dark ash melange,” and a dusky pink, as well as the space dye and tan striped version). It was $49.50, then was marked to $44.99, but with the extra 50% off code it comes down to $22. Waterfall Cardigan

Washable Wednesday: JNY Suiting

JNY Washable Womens SuitJones New York has steep discounts on their entire suiting collection, including the washable wool pieces — so if you’ve been on the hunt for a washable suit or separates, today may be the day to strike.  They come in regular and plus sizes, and there are pants, skirts, and blazers.  Just for an example, this washable wool jacket was $159, but is now marked to $59. You can create any two-piece suit for $99. Nice.  Jones New York Washable Suiting

Nursing Tuesday: Faux Wrap Blouse

Pleione Faux Wrap Blouse | CorporetteMomsCommenters were singing the praises of this lovely faux wrap blouse a few weeks ago. Not only is it “hand wash cold,” but it’s nursing and pumping friendly. It’s normally $68, but select colors (including the pictured) are available at Nordstrom for as low as $29. Pleione Faux Wrap Blouse

23 MLK Day Sales (and Kat’s Top 8)

We’ve rounded up a bunch of great sales going on right now — and we’ll update the post if we hear about more! Don’t forget to check out the full list of MLK Day workwear sales over at Corporette — but here are a few sales of particular interest to mamas. My favorites are in bold:

  • Amazon – 50-70% off select styles of clothing for women, men, and kids. 50% or more off Disney for Baby and Hello Kitty for baby girls, up to 30% off Gerber clothing, 70% or more off baby clothing. 25% off select Graco jogging strollers, $50 gift card with purchase of Baby Jogger City Lite Stroller.
  • Bare Necessities – Extra 25% off clearance.
  • Boden – Extra 20% off winter clearance (including Mini Boden and Johnnie B) (through 1/19). 
  • Carter’s – Extra 25% off for total savings up to 75% (through 1/19).
  • The Children’s Place – Up to 75% off. 
  • Diapers.com – Up to 50% off; up to 20% off essentials.
  • Dorothy Perkins – 20% new season (including maternity) with code REFRESH20.
  • eBags – Winter sale and clearance: Save up to 70%.
  • Figure 8 Maternity – Extra 20% off already reduced items. 
  • Gap – Buy 1+ items, save 20%; buy 3+ items, save 30%; buy 5+ items, save 40% (through 1/17).
  • Giggle – Up to 35% off 100s of items.
  • Gymboree – Extra 30% off for savings up to 75%.
  • Japanese Weekend – 35% off all nursing items.
  • JCPenney – Extra 15% off. Online only, extra 20% off orders $100+. Use code JANSALE.
  • Kohl’s – Spend $100 or more, save 20% off with code WELLNESS20; spend less than $100, save 15% with code ACTIVE15. For every $50 spent, get $10 Kohl’s cash (through 1/19). 10-50% off jeans for the family, 50-60% off select select styles, 15-60% off athletic shoes for the family, up to 60% off intimate apparel.
  • Lands’ End – 20% off your order with code SPECIAL and PIN 2564.
  • Macy’s – Online exclusive, extra 25% off clearance.
  • Old Navy – 30% off clearance with code SAVENOW (online only). Up to 50% off everything through 1/19.
  • OshKosh – Clearance: Extra 30% off for total savings of up to 80% off. Up to 40% off new styles.
  • A Pea in the Pod – Extra 40% off clearance items.
  • Pottery Barn Kids – 20% off select bedding, up to 30% off bestselling beds. 10% off $100+, 15% off $250 or more, 20% off $500 or more with code SAVEMORE. Warehouse clearance event: up to 60% off more than 1,000 items.
  • Shoes.com – Final sale event.  Blowout prices. No promo code needed.  Priced as marked.
  • Target – Up to 20% off Eddie Bauer nursery furniture and baby gear.

News Roundup

news roundup - buy clothes when losing weightSome of the articles of interest to working mothers that we’ve seen around the web recently…

  • The Mom Edit has a great post on what to wear and what to buy (or not) when you’re trying to lose weight.
  • Bloomberg Businessweek asks, “Can the U.S. Ever Fix Its Messed-Up Maternity Leave System?”
  • A mom writes in Brain, Child about the surprises that came with having a son after three daughters.
  • Looking for new mom friends? The Longest Shortest Time plans to expand “Speed Dating for Mom Friends” beyond its original Brooklyn event, and you can get on their mailing list now or offer to organize a local event in your city.
  • A mom of one writes a piece for PBS NewsHour about having an only child and how she made the (easy) decision to do so.
  • And for your Laugh of the Week, here’s something to watch when you’re having a tough day with your kid(s). At least they have never done that, you can tell yourself. (Warning: autoplay ad before video.)

Do be sure to check out the news update over at Corporette!

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