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).