Freeform Katia

March 20, 2008

big decision

Filed under: family — Tags: , , — freeformkatia @ 8:43 am

It’s been a really long week and I’m exhausted. Last night was the topper, though, when both Maja & Madeleine began wailing in the middle of the night — but of course not at the same time. Thankfully I was able to get Maja back to sleep and Richard was able to get Mads back to sleep. We’ve reached a point now where Madeleine is reliably (knock on wood) sleeping through the night and where if she does wake up, Richard is able to get her back to sleep.

This milestone coupled with Madeleine turning 8 months (where did the time go?!?) has led me to the decision to begin weaning her. My goal with Madeleine was to absolutely get her to 6 months with the nursing and 8 months if it was going well. So, we’re here. And I’m done.

This is a major decision for me because the nursing is going well and the only reason that I’m stopping is because I cannot take the pumping at work any longer. I’ve mentioned this before and I’ll say it again: I hate it. I do it 2x a day and it’s always a struggle for me to convince myself to go downstairs and pump. It feels very unmotherly of me to think of myself before my child.  On the other hand, if I’m unhappy and tired and worn out… then everyone else suffers, too.

I still have quite a stash in the freezer that Madeleine will drink over the next few weeks and I’ll continue to pump 1x/day starting next week. Once the stash runs out I’ll cut out the pumping all together, give her formula during the daytime, and just nurse in the morning and evening.

Considering that only 14% of women continue to breastfeed exclusively to 6 months, I think I did pretty well. Also of interest is this article about working moms who breastfeed.

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5 Comments »

  1. You’ve done right by Madeleine, no doubt about it. Good for you. Say goodbye to the pump!!! (“in style?” yeah, right). I weaned Liam completely at 10 mos after a gradual reduction… not sorry at all. Embrace the freedom!

    Comment by Lynette — March 20, 2008 @ 11:16 am

  2. Katia, you should feel so proud for being able to nurse Madeleine for so long. You don’t have to justify anything to anyone – you’ve done (and are doing!) a great job.

    I nursed my girls for 10 months and 9 months respectively, and have no regrets… the timing was just right for me.

    Here’s to being pump-free! :-)

    Comment by Emily — March 20, 2008 @ 1:26 pm

  3. Mads is doing *great*, you have made a completely sensible choice, and pumps are a wonderful thing to be able to leave behind forever. You not only get your own body back, you get something like your own non-hormonally-modified *brain* back. Everybody wins.

    Comment by Marianne — March 20, 2008 @ 1:36 pm

  4. Katia, you are an amazing woman. Just look at your beautiful daughters for confirmation. I appreciate how torn you feel about this decision, but never feel bad about putting yourself first in these parental decisions. To feed others (literally) you must be fed (spiritually). You have given Mads such a gift and such a wonderful start, but it is equally important to mother the mother (you). It is never an easy juggling act balancing those two priorities, sometimes they are directly in conflict with each other. Be good to yourself. Take care of you.

    Comment by Sue — March 20, 2008 @ 4:07 pm

  5. what can be said in addition – I wholeheartedly agree with all comments!
    Love, Mom

    Comment by Mom — March 24, 2008 @ 4:12 pm


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