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Offline RobinCobb

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Breast Feeding
« on: Nov 21, 2012 @ 01:14 PM »
My son is almost 8 months old. I have been "pumping" the entire time now and I want to stop. I am a working mom and it is just so hard to do EVERYTHING! I tell myself that it is only a few more months. Does anyone think it is bad for my baby to stop? I feel like the guilt will take over after I stop and then there is no turning back. I have not been pumping what he drinks everyday already and having to supplement formula 1-2 oz in his bottles everyday. I already feel the guilt from that. Maybe this is becasue the nurses at the hospital explained to me that formula is bad and "breast is best"...... **deep breath**.... any advice out there on what to do? I am just tired, overworked and I think my breast are ruined forever!


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Re: Breast Feeding
« Reply #1 on: Nov 21, 2012 @ 01:18 PM »
I would like to add another note.... I gained 75lbs while pregnant.... I did not lose the weight from breast feeding! I was one of the those unlucky women! I have been starving myself (keeping my 1500-2000 calories for the milk) to lose all but 20. I have maintained the weight for 3 months now. I have not lost a pound. I want to stop breast feeding because somewhere in my mind I think it might finally come off if I quit... this would cause major guilt on my end as well. I know that breast feeding is only one year out of the 18 but it's just hard. Sorry to blab on and on but things are getting hectic in my life. Working moms: you rock!
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Re: Breast Feeding
« Reply #2 on: Dec 11, 2012 @ 01:07 PM »
I also put on a ton of weight each pregnancy and was so anxious to lose it. I had very similar feelings wanting to quit nursing and finish getting that weight off since it wasn't going anywhere while I was nursing. For me, I lost the majority of my weight after I quit breastfeeding. It was the same for all 4 of my kids. I didn't push it though and pretty much let them all wean themselves (around a year for most of them). They all had a little forumla here and there and I didn't feel at all guilty about that.

I think some people can "nurse it off" but that can also be an unrealistic expectation if you put 25+ pounds. The only people that I know that lost it nursing were the ones that only put on a minimal amount of weight... basically just baby. You have to do what works best for you and your baby. Happy mom = happy baby!

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Re: Breast Feeding
« Reply #3 on: Jan 05, 2013 @ 11:26 PM »
Our child isn't due until spring, but I do plan on breastfeeding (and working) so thanks for the post. The women I know who breastfed lost weight, but they were also eating a mostly alkaline diet and staying away from processed products, dairy, etc. From my research and women I know, it seems that breastfeeding has helped them to maintain a healthy weight while getting that special bond everyone's been raving about.
I guess it's really true that it depends on the person...everyone's experience has been so different.

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Re: Breast Feeding
« Reply #4 on: Feb 12, 2013 @ 06:22 PM »
Hi all -
I'm new to TMB and I'm sorry I wasn't around to respond to this when it was more relevant. Robin, whatever you decided I hope you were happy with your choices. There is absolutely nothing to feel guilty about. First of all, doctors say that 6 months is the ideal amount of nursing time as far as health benefits go, so the fact that you made it 8 is wonderful. Second of all, it is paramount that we as mothers feel our best and are not resentful in any way of our children. When we get to the point where something is making us unhappy, it's time to reevaluate. Of course we make choices that are best for our children, and that may mean some sacrifices along the way, but there is absolutely nothing to feel guilty about when it comes to trading out breast milk for formula - especially after 8 months. So, I recognize that this was a long time ago already, but I hope you are feeling great about whatever you decided.

NappyQueen, if you are interested in perusing my blog before you give birth, I wrote two different posts on this topic that might be helpful - one on breastfeeding (5/29/12) and one on post-partum weight loss (1/24/13).


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Re: Breast Feeding
« Reply #5 on: Apr 30, 2013 @ 01:16 AM »
It is hard to give up breast feeding because even though you want to, there's a little voice at the back of your head that says you can't go back and that your baby will suffer. If you can breast feed for 6 months that is brilliant, it's amazing that you've managed to go to 8. In fact after 6 months, if you are still 100% breast feeding in the UK you are recommended to give your child multi vitamin drops as they don't get some of the vitamins that they need at this time from breast milk, which are available in formula milk. So there are some advantages to formula  ;)

I think we are made to feel so guilty for giving up breast feeding but it is exhausting, particularly if you are working. I carried on breast feeding till around 8 months and in the end I realised that my baby wasn't getting the quality or quantity of milk that they needed from my breasts. So I switched to formula and it was a hard decision but I didn't regret it.

It's a hard decision - good luck.

 


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