Thank you for all the comments so far today. They have been insightful and encouraging. Please keep them coming. I am confident that other moms will also find comfort and wisdom in them. I do want to respond to a couple points people have made…
I only have 10 lbs left (of 60) to lose. So, it is just that last bit. Yes, breastfeeding has made a huge difference for me. However, with working full time and nursing AND pumping in the morning, I haven’t gotten back to the gym yet. There are simply not enough hours in the day (and quite frankly, at night, I want to spend time with my family and scrapbook, not go to the gym.) I am mindful of my diet and am not eating ice cream for dinner, so no worries. However, I will admit that Christmas cookies have not helped my plight.
Elias is bottle-fed my breastmilk during the day. He has no problem taking the bottle. He will take food any way he can get it. He does seem to like the breast though. That adds to the guilt.
I also want to share one of my favorite comments today because it touched and encouraged me so much.
I’m really glad you posted this because I know a lot of women who have told me the same thing – I counseled women on breastfeeding for many years and am the Breastfeeding coordinator for the state of Wisconsin and personally breastfed my own three children.
First, you should be really proud of yourself. Congratulations for meeting your own goals and you did the best thing for you and the best thing for your baby. There is absolutely no reason to feel guilty.
If you want to make the analogy to a marathon (26.2 miles) – you are at mile 22. You’re baby is old enough at 5.5-6 months to start solids (ex: fruits, veggies, baby cereal). With each solid food meal your baby eats, you eliminate a breastfeeding (or a pumping) and your milk supply will automatically adjust (your breast size will adjust too!). Don’t wait until you stop breastfeeding to exercise and eat right – you can start that now.
You’re awesome, you’re working hard and you are doing the best possible thing for Elias! By sticking with breastfeeding for as long as you have you have decreased Baby Elias’s chances of developing heart disease, cancer and diabetes and you have decreased your chance of getting breast cancer! Good for you!
Just relax and enjoy the precious gift that is in front of you now.
Take care (and Merry Christmas!)
I like that… I’m running a marathon and I have done really well. I think I can go a bit further, but if I stop now, it’s okay.
Oh, and the picture is there just to make you smile. Matthew took it outside today. Temps are in the high 60s in Nashville today, but very windy.