I know I have posted a lot about scrapbooking for the past two weeks. Today I would like to see your wisdom. If you have read this blog since Elias was born, you know that I have chose to exclusively breastfeed. My goal was to breastfeed for six months. And honestly, during the first three months, I didn’t think I would make it. Elias was a big eater and I felt like my boob was out all the time. (I hope you aren’t offended by the word boob.) If I wasn’t nursing, I was pumping. It was just a lot, you know?
Well, Elias is a little more than five months now and it seems like we have found our rhythm. My frozen milk supply has dwindled down to a few bags of milk, and we have had to supplement with formula for one feeding a few days, but overall, my milk supply seems to be keeping up with my growing boy.
And my six month goal is just a few weeks away.
And I feel guilty.
Guilty for wanting to stop pumping four times a day.
Guilty for switching to formula when I know breastmilk is best.
Guilty for stopping when I still have so much milk.
Guilty for wanting to stop so I can diet ad detox and lose my last bit of baby weight.
Just plain guilty.
So maybe I shouldn’t stop.
Or maybe I should just try stopping during the day and seeing if I can nurse in the morning and at night.
But do I run the risk of my chest staying Dolly Parton-huge the longer I nurse? I don’t think I can carry these bad girls around for years. Someone told me binding your chest after you finish breastfeeding can really help.
So I seek your wisdom and experience, dear women. How long did you breastfeed? Why did you stop? When you stop, did your supply immediately dry up? Any tips?
I read every comment, so if you have something to share that you think will be helpful or encouraging, please leave a comment. Or, feel free to email me if you would feel more comfortable doing that.
Thank you so much.