How Do I Quit You?
July 18, 2016
Come August, I will have been either pregnant or breastfeeding for three years straight. There was a brief sabbatical – about six weeks – between when I finished nursing Nora and got pregnant with Weston. But, for the better part three years I have shared my body with my littles. Honestly, I’m tired and ready to have my body back. Yet, I just can’t quit!
Breastfeeding feels so personal. What’s right for any given mom may range from never breastfeeding way to breastfeeding their child for years. I fall somewhere in the middle. Nora made the decision for us. She refused to nurse around six months old. I pumped for another six weeks or so and called it good. Weston, has been a different story entirely.
For much of the first six months of his life, he outright refused formula. As a mom who works full-time outside the home, it was challenging to keep up with his eating while building a reserve for those quick work trips that were inevitable! During that time I would have given anything to just quit. Now that things have settled down a bit, I’m struggling!
I knew when I got pregnant with Weston that one of the things that can be deemed both a pro and con of having littles so close together is that each phase comes and goes in the blink of an eye. Within a three year stretch, my life growing babies will have started and ended. And, it’s seeing this phase of my life conclude, not that god-forsaken black bag, that’s got me struggling a bit.
When it comes to breastfeeding what was right for your family? Did you struggle with the decision to stop nursing