Well I just wanted to let you know that I read all your posts and thanks to you, I have continued my breastfeeding journey and established shorter goals is much better mentally.
So I went away for a whole week without my LO and I shipped a bucket load of breastmilk on dry ice and traveled with another batch of BM on dry ice from Vegas to New Jersey. The breastmilk arrived frozen both times. Now I am stocked for the fall aaaaaand....I am still nursing him twice a day and pumping once.
So there you go...I'm still BFing despite the travelling.
Also, I took the bullet and decided to take my baby with me on my next business trip (which is next week). I will clearly make NO money this month because half of my pay will go to my nanny's airline tickets and pay!!! I honestly said THE HELL with everything...he comes first and if I need to pay off a credit card for a few months because my son needed to be with me (or I needed to be with him), so be it....I cannot stand the idea of leaving him behind for another week and I seriously think my husband will divorce me if I did that to him again.
Besides, I travel 6 days later for another business trip and that is it for the year! THe good thing is that trip is only for 4 days and there will be no more travelling for me for a loooooonng time.
I am really trying to stay calm amidst the storm.
May God protect me and others around me during the next four weeks.
Chao bellas mamas! Btw, the losing weight is so much harder when you are travelling!!! The good thing is I have not gained so at least I am good there! lol.
You have done a great job nursing and pumping for 9 months already! Just think that it's only another 3 months, and you've already done it for 3 times that long!
However, if it is no longer working for you, then you have to do whatever will keep you happy and sane. Just keep in mind that breastmilk or formula needs to be baby's primary source of nutrition for the first year, so even if you do stop, you will have to switch to formula.
Have you thought about just giving yourself a shorter goal for the time being? Just say, one more week, and I'll re-evaluate. Maybe by looking at it in shorter time frames, it won't seem so daunting.
And another thought, if pumping is getting you down, you could always do combo feeding. Continue nursing when you are together, but when you are apart have whoever watches your LO offer formula so you no longer have to pump. Or even just pump one less time a day, and make up the difference with formula.
Not sure if any of this helps, but just remember that you have given your baby a GREAT start to life no matter how you decide to proceed going forward :)
It is challenging when you are trying to juggle working but I do think it's worth it! You've done a great job! Even nursing 2x a day is supplying him with sooo many antibodies that will help protect him from illness, especially as the fall and winter bring more bugs and flu. And the nutrients in your milk change as he gets older and supplies him with just what he needs-really! So it's great that he's eating solids, but your breastmilk is really giving him the optimal nutrients and the solids are just a supplement to that.
And I think when you are working, it gives you that time to cuddle with your little one that you might otherwise leave to daddy because you're busy with laundry or whatever, KWIM? When you have to nurse, you HAVE to sit down and just cuddle.
You obviously have to decide what is best for both of you, but if you can continue nursing a little longer, it will benefit both of you. And in the big picture, it's such a short time in his life.
I'm really not trying to make you feel guilty, because I had to pump and travel with my first one so I know what it's like. But I was so determined to continue until at least a year because I thought it was my gift to him since I was working and not with him.
As for a needy husband, tell him to buck up and help out more
I must say that with all of my BFing challenges like having mastisis twice, stomach flu once, nursing strikes, finding the right position for my fussy baby, pumping while travelling for business, smuggling breastmilk from one country to another...lol.., I feel I have done a great job continuing my breastfeeding journey.
Now that my baby boy is 9 months old and I am feeling a bit beaten down and exhausted, I am wondering if I should continue to reach my 1 year BFing goal?
I sincerly love my nursing time with him, but I hate pumping. Between juggling a VERY demanding job, a big house, a needy husband, a baby and everything in between...it just is getting to me.
Needless to say my baby boy has started on solids and loves to eat with us, explore new foods, textures and is SO neat! I nurse him in the morning before his cereal, and pump in the afternoon, and pump once more around 6pm. Then he nurses himself to sleep and that is it, but I know I am not producing nearly as much as I use to for obvious reasons so my question is should I continue to reach m y 1 year mark?
Very torn about it and not sure how to keep it up anymore. The fact that I have to pump for an entire week while I am away is very daunting, but I am willing to do it if I find the right motivation...any words of encouragement to reach my 1 year mark with my LO???
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