Just a quick blog to say that Cady is 8 months old. That means I've been breastfeeding for 8 months - yay! It's been very easy for us (as far as these things go), but that doesn't mean that it's always convenient. At times it feels like my body will never be my own again. I mean once you add the 10 months of pregnancy, labor and delivery, and the 8 months of nursing, my body's been sustaining another life for 1.5 years now. It's exhausting sometimes. I wouldn't change it for the world, but sometimes I just want to hand Chad my boobs and let him have a go at the breastfeeding thing. "Here, you figure out how to schedule pumping 2-3 times a day into your work day...or when you're at a conference...or, well, whenever you're away from Cady for more than 3-4 hours." Sigh.
I do love breastfeeding though. Really, I do. I love that it lets me snuggle up with Cady. I love it when she looks up into my eyes and smiles (sometimes with my boob in her mouth, which makes it extra cute). I love that satisfied look she gets when she's finished. I love the health benefits that she's undoubtedly getting from it. I love how it's helped us bond. And, practically speaking, it's definitely the cheaper route!
BUT, breastfeeding also involves (among other things) having milk drip down your stomach and/or back when your daughter decides to take a break right as your milk lets down, boobs that increase and decrease in size throughout the day, and "leak" pads...yeah, I have to worry about leaking...ugh. And, sometimes if means that I'm the only one that can calm and comfort my child. BUT, I have a crazy-happy, healthy child who loves me (even if it's only because I'm the "family feedbag" as Chad's been known to joke) and that helps make it all seem worth it.
So, hopefully this blog doesn't offend any of my 12 readers, but I feel like these kinds of things really need to be talked about, or blogged about in this case. With that preface, I have a couple of questions for those of you who have breastfed and/or plan on breastfeeding your child(ren). How long did you breastfeed your child? How long did you plan to breastfeed? Did they self-wean or did you follow some kind of plan to help them stop? For those of you planning children in the future, do you plan to breastfeed? For how long? Why or why not?
My goal is to make it at least a year, but I imagine we'll go a little longer. But, for now, I'm over halfway there and, well, I just needed to celebrate that a little bit.