I Want To Quit Breastfeeding

It has been more than a year since I wrote here the reasons why I breastfeed. As a new mommy, I take pride in the fact that I was able to exclusively breastfeed my child for the first six months of her life. This is quite a feat. Breastfeeding is not for the faint-hearted.

Fast forward to now, 20 months since I had Blake. 20 months and still breastfeeding. I just want to stop. I had selfish reasons for breastfeeding and I also now have selfish reasons to quit. 

  1. I’m not losing all the weight. Yeah I did lose the baby weight but my usual overweight self is stuck. In fact, I am gaining those pounds as if I’m pregnant again. No, I am not pregnant again. 
  2. I’m tired. Just tired. Working during the day and then coming home to a very active (sometimes cranky) toddler is exhausting.
  3. I’m feeling different kinds of pain… back pain, muscle pain, pain in the neck (literally) … I feel so old!
  4. I want to do things like go (window) shopping for a longer time … not having to worry that I have a child who likes to feed at night directly from the source.
  5. I want my nipple left alone! There, I said it. It’s really painful and sore… after 20 months of sucking, I tell you its no longer fun.
But then I see this and I am reminded how blessed I am.

The way she looks at me when she feeds.

The way we communicate like we have our own language. I love the bond that we have…

And I love it especially when she tries to convince everyone that this is the good stuff!

Toddler Approved!

So, yeah… we probably won’t be quitting anytime soon. 

Mom, Partner, Sister, Daughter, Friend. Pinay Blogger currently living in Dubai, UAE. I blog about expat life, beauty, food, being a mom … and everything else in between.

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  • Alyca Green

    Good luck to us human pacifiers is right! My 8 mo old’s favorite time to nurse is every hour all night long. When I was pregnant I thought I would be impressed if I breastfed for 6 months, now I will be impressed if I can ever get him off 🙂 Way to go mama, its certainly not always easy.

    June 1, 2013 at 3:00 PM Reply
  • Sheila Sheila

    Thanks T!! As much as I want to stop, I don’t think Blakey is ready. I’ll just “go with the flow” … see where it leads us.

    Good luck to us, human pacifiers!!

    May 22, 2013 at 1:06 PM Reply
  • TK

    Such beautiful pics! I’ve been doing it for 19 months and quitting is nowhere in the horizon!

    May 22, 2013 at 9:06 AM Reply
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