So, I'm still breastfeeding. Those who saw or talked to me in the early days/months of Elynor's life know what a feat, and really a praise this is. To say I hated it at first is really an understatement. There were many moments (usually in the middle of the night in our room at the hospital) that I just cried (literally), "WHY!?" to Ryan. But like so many things, we stuck with it, got the hang of it, and now really have no reason to stop (though I still don't LOVE it).
In fact, many people have recently asked just how long I plan to stick with it. This question has really caught me off guard. In all honestly, I was happy to make it to a month, then 3, and now 6?! A plan? My response is usually just, "By one year?" or "I don't know - until I have a good reason to stop (having to wear 2 sports bras when exercising doesn't seem quite good enough) ?!".
Well, last week my MD diagnosed a very annoying side effect of breastfeeding that I suppose could now qualify as a decent reason to stop. For the sake of my mixed-gender readership (and those girls who just don't want that much information), I'll spare you the details. It suffices to say it's medical and annoying and something I wish I'd been warned about. And by taking meds for the remainder of breastfeeding it's treatable.
So, I think we'll continue with our "until we have a better reason to stop" approach. And just see what happens.
1. If you do want the gory details, give me a call or shoot me an email. Especially if you are or plan to breastfeed, might be a good thing to just know about. If I had known, I would have gone to the MD much sooner.
2. This post is not intended to be a breastfeeding soapbox. I realize this topic can sometimes be divisive. While it's worked for us, I realize it doesn't work for everyone, and there's no judgment! I just encourage anyone who really wants to try to stick with it as best you can, while also recognizing it's not worth sacrificing your own sanity or your's/your baby's health.