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My little guy turned one recently. I can’t believe how quickly the last year has flown by!! I can’t say I was fully ready for him to turn one, but I have to admit. . . I was fully ready for him to switch to cow’s milk. I’ve spent some time reflecting on our breastfeeding relationship as it comes to a close. Little guy was a champ with a good latch from the get-go. It didn’t stop me from getting mastitis, though. I’ve had it once with each baby now and oh, any time I hear someone mention that they have it, my whole body tenses up in sympathy. If you hear of a mother having mastitis, go to her house and make her lie down and bring her something warm to eat. I had to take care of the 2.5 year old and the 3 week old all day while I waited for the antibiotic to kick in (because everyone I knew was unavailable that day) and I honestly spent the day on the couch crying in between caring for the children. I had a nearly medication-free birth, and I was in tears all day. It’s horrible. Once we got through that rough patch, though, our breastfeeding relationship has been great. He got hungry, I’d feed him. We worked well together.
I am completely aware of the fact that I am fortunate to have been able to breastfeed him for a whole year. A lot of women who want to have that opportunity don’t always get to make it work, so I am thankful that I have had the ability to feed my babies in this way. I had a recent conversation with a woman who didn’t get to breastfeed her babies due to a medical condition, and when I told her “Hey, as long as they’re fed. They’re happy and healthy, that’s what matters!” she was kind of taken aback. She sounded so apologetic about having to use formula, like she had been shamed for doing so, which made me sad for her. Fed is best. Period. I choose to breastfeed because I have the ability and making bottles all the time sounds like a lot of work that I’d like to avoid.
I absolutely love getting to breastfeed my babies. It’s hard to describe, but it just feel so natural and loving. Both of my babies have thrived on what I could provide, as evidenced by their chubby thighs and cheeks. Plus, it’s convenient- always the right temperature, the right amount, and no bottles to clean afterwards! However, after being pregnant with him for 39 weeks, then breastfeeding for a little over a year, I’m ready to have my body back! The downside of breastfeeding is that your body is just not your own during that time. Your brain can be cloudy, you are constantly starving or thirsty, and you have to watch what you eat and drink depending on how it affects the baby. It’s rewarding, but tiring.
I’ll miss the closeness and having the ability to meet his needs so readily. I mean, it is an easy fix sometimes. . .Hungry? I’ll nurse him. Tired? I’ll nurse him. Sad? I’ll nurse him. Sick? I’ll nurse him. But, I would be lying if I said I wasn’t ready to be done. You know what else comforts him? His pacifier. We’ll work on getting rid of it sometime after he’s weaned.
Weaning has gone well so far. We introduced cow’s milk so gradually that I didn’t experience much discomfort from skipped feedings and he hasn’t really missed breastfeeding during the day. He still thinks that drinking out of “big boy” cups is pretty great, so I use that novelty to my advantage.
To celebrate one year of breastfeeding (and dressing for it), I wanted to treat myself to a few new-to-me items that were just for me, with no consideration of whether or not I could easily nurse the baby. I wanted to be thrifty about it, though, because in this season of life, my body keeps changing shape and I just can’t justify spending very much. I might have just dropped back down to my small clothes, but if we have more kids, it’ll be back to maternity wear, then nursing-friendly tops, and then maybe a year or so after baby, back to the smalls (I hope). Repeat cycle. Hope that clothes from two years ago are still relatively in style. Buy pants with spandex in them and hope for the best.
To find my new-to-me items, I went to ThredUp and got a couple of cute tops and a pair of booties that I just love! I browsed through every shirt, dress, and shoe they had in my size. . . it took a while! Each item has a detailed description of its condition, so you know exactly what you are getting. I was kind of worried that I wouldn’t find styles that actually fit in my wardrobe, but my real problem was narrowing down my cart to a reasonable amount. The clothes that I found have been perfect for wearing to our casual family gatherings over the holidays.
If you want to try it out, head on over to ThredUp and use my promo code IJUSTWANNAFINISHMY to get 50% off of your entire order! It is valid for the first 50 first-time users through January 2018. If you’re even the tiniest bit curious, go check it out! It’s like bargain hunting at the store, but you can narrow it down by your size and style with a couple clicks.
Who else reached a point of being D-O-N-E with breastfeeding? Did you have any issues weaning?