So I’m weaning G off boob milk. Breastfeeding is a time consuming, scheduling nightmare, and I’ve grown tired of being a slave to the pump. In order to establish and maintain an adequate supply, pumping needs to happen every 3-4 hours… no matter where you are, what you’re doing, or who you’re with. Which means I’ve whipped my tatas out some of everywhere- – in the car, in offices, in airports, on airplanes, in public restrooms (which is crazy, ’cause I can’t even poop in public restrooms), and in front of countless family members and friends who must have the image of my unfortunate looking, stretched out nips, burned into their minds.
I wanted to do the full year, I really did. But after hearing that many women stop at 6 or 9 months, I felt what better time to throw in the towel? To get my body back, to eat what I want, drink what I want (Tequila shot? Uh, yes please!), and sleep through the night… awesome, right? So why do I feel guilty? Like a bad mom? My irrational guilt is definitely something I need to explore ‘On the Couch’, but I digress.
I went to Target and purchased my first can of (expensive behind) formula. Enfamil. Brought it home, whipped up 4 bottles and stored them in the fridge for the day. The idea of having milk on deck, without stressing over producing it myself, perked me right up.
Then it happened.
I warmed the first bottle, and full of hope, handed it to Boog…
She wasn’t having it. After trying a few more times, I caved, pumped, and fed my baby.
Nikki zero, Gia one.
Since her persnickety butt only likes Earth’s Best brand oatmeal and baby food, I ran back out yesterday, bought their $30 dollar can of formula (nearly $60 worth of milk in 2 days), mixed it up, and SCORE! She loves it. So for now, she eats food twice a day, takes formula all day, and every now and then I’ll slip some breast milk in there. She’s happy, growing, and I’ve been emancipated.
As an aside, for those of you that are contemplating breastfeeding, (1) I love the Medela Pump in Style, (2) Fenugreek supplements really do work, (3)pump in front of the TV, on the phone, or while browsing the net to help the time pass, (4) consume more water than you thought humanly possible, and (5) know that what you’re left with may resemble two fried eggs hanging from nails… #justsaying. Oh, and two words, ‘milk blisters’. Look it up.
I'm WAYYYYY late, BUT am tossing my two cents in anyhow! Around 6 mos or 12 pounds, whichever comes first, but DEFINITELY the 6 mos, those little people nurse at night cause we keep nursing them!! Best thing my pedi told me with baby one who I was still getting up with twice overnight to nurse! Baby two was on her own at 6 months at night and I'm figuring that this new one will get the nighttime boot as close to 4 months as I can get!
When I first found out I was pregnant with my son Horatio! My first thought was that I'm gonna Breastfeed its the best thing for him! Boy I didn't know that it was such hard work. After Horatio was born I was on call all the time! I breastfeed my son for one year and one month! (LOL I couldnt let go) I enjoyed the mommy and Horatio time. I was on maternity leave for 4 months and when I returned to work I would Pump. I too had a Medela pump! and a Lactation Nurse Yea I was a new mom and wanted to make sure I was doing everything right! Im glad I decided to nurse! LOL my soon was just the greediest thing on the planet. at ecah appt. the doctor would be shocked at how big he was.(he was never obese). He was just healthy! He will be 2 on the 23 June and he currently weighs 34 lbs. mostly in his belly! !!!! Have a great day ladies
OMG, I remember those days! My first born is now 10….(dang where did the time go), I tried offering her, her first bottle of formula at the ripe old age of 9 months and she practically threw the bottle at my head, like, "I know you don't expect me to drink that!" I just wanted a break, just a small one. Was that too much to ask? After that I continued on, dutifully carrying my Medela Backpack style pump to work for 3 more months completing my year of breastfeeding. Your post remimded me of how desperate I was to just have a break, LOL! Thanks for sharing.
You are Hilarious,i am now a FAITHFUL follower of your blog and all things nap-tural. I cant wait to try Henna on my hair. and i have never heard of nipple blisters until now and i have no children but me and the fiance want some but YOUCH im scared now LOL
Lmao at the two fried eggs hanging from nails comment. Gee Nikki, after that description I probably won't have kids and damn sure won't breast feed. Whew!
Congratulations on your comittment!! You did an awesome job! As a Lactation Educator I am super passionate about making sure that accurate information about breastfeeding is circulated to our community. I encourage all of us "natural" mamas to become as educated about what we give our babies as we are about what we will or will not put in our hair. Breastfeeding is surely a sacrifice, but one that has major payoffs, including a reduction of breast cancer risks (as well as other cancers) for the mom AND the nursing daughter. I nursed 4 for an average of 2 years each. Currently nursing my 13 month old, by far, the best parenting decision I have ever made.
In order to transition Baby G to formula, allow your husband to give her an ounce or two during a period where she isn't starving.
You will have to leave the room and allow them a few minutes to get acquainted with this process. Like everything baby it takes trial and error 🙂
thanks ladies for all the love and support! Baby G is doing great on a mix of breast milk and formula. She LOVES the Earth's Best Formula… and NaturalNixon showed me that it's cheaper on Amazon!
I still have a million bags of frozen milk so we'll be finishing those off, but I'm down to only pumping once or twice a day. Feels like I'm closing a chapter 🙁
I'll be checking back in soon!
aww! don't beat yourself up too badly. You know as a parent this is just the first of many guilt trips! I feel your pain. My daughter was not a good nurser but my son was a champ! So when I wanted to wean him at 6 months it was my husband that stopped me. Go figure. Needless to say at 11 months old my son was like WTH?? A similar performance to Gia ensued.
She is beautiful!
She is beautiful!
Gia is so beautiful! In the pictures you look more like her big sister! lol
Enjoy your day!
Nikki you did good! I'm in the exact same boat as you. Our babies are about 6 wks apart I believe! I just finished weaning so she got almost 10 months of the boob…no formula! I felt soo guilty and even cried the last time I pumped. I weaned gradually, reducing a nursing session per week. She refused her formula at first so I mixed is half and half and had her father feed her. Now after a month of weaning, she takes her bottle like a champ and no diving for the boob. Ok well she did one time, but that was because I took too long warming the bottle. Also, I buy my formula (Organic – Baby's Only) from Vitacost. Any other brand is wayyy cheaper on Amazon. Good luck!
CN Baby G is gorgeous!
Nikki, That video was too cute. You've got a stubborn girl on your hand. Be prepared for the years ahead!!
I breast fed for 10 months but we introduced formula earlier. I just could not pump enough for her when I was away. Part of it was due to low milk supply in one boobie (milk blisters caused me to slow down nursing on one side).
But have your husband feed her the cheaper formula. You will be amazed at what baby will do when your not around. My husband had my daughter propped up on a boppy holding her own bottle. And sent me the pictures. I almost passed out.
Nik the directions for milk supply increasing supplements say: increase dosage until your milk and urine smell like maple syrup"…?? This is why I don't have kids! LOL! What the mess?
This post had me teary eyed… My baby will be turning a year old this week and this reminds me of so much we've been through and fast it past me by…
Each moment is an adventure that speeds by so quickly it's difficult to take in the scenery… but it's all so worth it!
Kudos to you.
I say, anyone who makes it to 6months in this day an age in doing quick well. I am an attorney and believe me, finding time to pump store it to take home and all take was a nightmare. But I had to, because my daughter refused EVERY formula we tried (and we tried as many as we could) so I breastfeed her for 15 months. But since she could eat foods, I went out of town for a weekend, and that was it for her.
But in her defense, she refused soy, rice, almond, cow and goat milk. Doctor thought she may have had some intolerance issues. So Pediatrician told us to make sure she was getting calcium, iron, and fat from other sources i.e. broccoli, peas, brown rice etc.
She is 4yrs old now and still LOVES veggies, still hates eggs, cheese, milk but she is healthy.
Well congrats! Any person that is willing to take the time to breastfeed is just awesome. I did it for the whole 1 year. By 6 months I wasn't doing night feedings anymore and had gone to about 2 pump sessions while at work, and 2 feedings for when I got home. I think that whomever is really wanting to breastfeed will do it regardless of the stories told to them. I had people tell me that I wasn't going to like it and that I should not be feeding him anymore at 5 months. I say kick rocks since I didn't ask you for advice. Every mother and child have a point where they are ready to stop breastfeeding and it is up to the mother and child to come to that agreement. Not others. Congrats for getting this far!
Nikki you are too funny! I love that you share your Mommy stories, congrats on your emancipation!
'…like they have major stock in boobage.' Lol!!!!!!! Nikki and you ladies are so funny! You have me in tears on this Monday morning!
I hear it's a challenge and to me it sounds like a 'we're not going to pretend that it's easy but if you can, do it anyway' post rather than a dis-encouraging post.
I can't wait to be a mummy and the article and all the funny comments just make me want to wait for the right time and pre-warn me that there will be tough times ahead. Then you see the beautiful pictures and know it's all worth it.
Anyone reading this blog and the posts who will not breastfeed because of them was not going to breastfeed anyway.
Keep doing your thing Nikki! You ain't scaring me! 😛
Nik, this was hilarious and I can relate. I bought formula too and it is still sitting on my shelf while Madison pulls on my shirt ready for me to whip them out. Im going until 20 months then its cold turkey for her. It will be a sad day in the home. I should make an obituary for the milk that will be buried. And the video was tooo funny!
Girl….Nikki, you are so funny. I just laughed through reading this. I understand Nursing my daughters as well, weaning is difficult. You can do it Nik!!! Gia is absolutely beautiful!!! Treasure these times and save this so you can show it to Gia when she is older. You are a wonderful Mom!!! 🙂
She wanted no parts of that bottle! Can't blame her….have you tasted formula and the difference it has from breastmilk? I nursed my daughter until she was 17 months. She would not even drink juice out of a bottle. Finally, I got the nerve to say no and let her cry. Within a week, she was weaned. My son, who was my first weaned himself at 5 months (one apple juice bottle and that was it!) so every baby is different. The persnickety comment had me rolling!
You and Gia are killing me! She was having no parts of that bottle. Keep up the good work Nikki and please don't stop updating!
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I had to play that video a couple of times because it was soooo funny! She knows what she likes/dislikes!!! Get it Boog!
LOL Gia the Diva strikes again. But this story had me dying, I can't wait till mommyhood once I get there (eventually? Maybe? We'll see?) But the two of you are super cute!
I thought it would be cute to show this to my mom…until she asked where her grandkids were. oops
Nikki you had me on the floor. I had my first baby a couple of months before you had Gia so I know about the sleepness nights etc. I had no milk for about 3 weeks so we bottle fed. When the milk came in I was like why go back now. So we continue to use formula. I was happy and baby was healthy so no reason to change. I think its all about what is right for you. Cute baby and good luch. Next step….table food. Enjoy!
Congrats to you Nikki! I breastfed as a student (who commuted 1-1/2hrs every other day) for almost 13 months. She pretty much weaned herself. I refused to lug my pump around campus all day (8hrs) so I ran back to my car on breaks to pump. And baby would not take a bottle when I was home and was also like heck-to-the-naw to formula. I caved and tried at about 9 months. Either way, though it was definitely inconvenient at times, I wouldn't have done it any other way. My honey is 18 months old now, chunky (healthy as they say down here lol) and has only been sick once. 1 ear infection months after she stopped bfing.
I LOVE THIS BLOG! I like the way this blog can morph into so many things, yet represent us all in an intelligent, compassionate light.
Discuss religion, politics, and breastfeeding and SPARKS WILL FLY. 🙂
I nursed my two boys 13 months each. Even though they never looked back, it was the greatest time in my life. I could take a ton of vitamins and know they were getting the benefit and we were closer than ever.
I wish parenting was as simple as breastfeeding. However, its just the beginning. Now 10 and 16, I have so much to teach them in so little time.
I was confused about the hanging eggs but I think I got it now…:-( doesnt sound like fun Nikki but at least they'll get back to normal in year:-) and baby G has only been sick once so the hanging eggs are worth it…kudos to you and her! hilarious video I was cracking up luvs it.
Vitacost seems to offer a savings, but they have quite a bit of negative reviews regarding shipping. https://www.facebook.com/vitacostcom?sk=app_6261817190 …but at least they are open enough to post them on their FB page.
Breastfeeding is a great bonding experience. Was able to do it for only 4 mos with my son and my daughter who is now 5 months. She occasionally puts her head around my breast like something is waiting for her, but I'm all dried up. BF is a great experience and is worth all the sacrifices. I too used the Pump in Style and highly recommend it.
Your vid reminds me of my lil girl…I thought mine was the only one who swats her little arm when she doesnt want something lol.
Your post is hilarious. I agree with the lactation counselor that talking about it can be a very touchy issue. And I understand BF rates are AA women are pretty low (my heart does twinge a little when 1st time moms won't even try straight from the hospital). But I think you gave it great effort, and realistically it's exactly as you describe it–demanding and time consuming. One of the downsides of breastfeeding after they can walk (16 months with my son and 18 months with my daughter) is that they WILL crawl up your shirt and shout for booby in the most public of places like they have major stock in boobage. Every woman has to make that choice, the timing of which shouldn't make her feel guilty, particularly if she really made a good attempt.
OMG! I'm not a mom yet but plan to breastfeed when the time comes and nobody mentioned Milk Blisters (0)_(0)! What part of the game is this?!?! *SN Your stories, although hilariously funny, are also very informative:)
Lmao! She was like stop playin! Hahahahahahahahaa
This is hilarious! I felt the same way with my little one, but luckily he greedily accepted anything. Love your blog!
This is why I love your blog! Keep the mommy posts coming!
thanks Butterfly3000! She's crawling all over me as I type :0) I'm still pumping, but only twice a day now. Loving it!
Thanks Christie for the reference! Yes organic is expensive! This is the formula I have G on– http://www.vitacost.com/Earths-Best-Organic-Infant-Formula-with-Iron/?pd_section=pr#ProductReviews
@Candice, check out my comment above at 6:39. Not trying to discourage folks. This was just my experience. I think it's clear that the good outweighed the bad… I did it for nearly nine months!!! It was a LABOR of love, but I would do it again, and will most certainly do it with my next child!
LOL @anon 8:18… nice. You know it's time to wean when the child can say, 'momma, titi!' Not cool.
Thanks for all of the wonderful comments ladies and for chiming in with your experiences too! Hilarious!
Girl you have done great! I also stopped around 7 mos. And started mixing in enfamil until I completely weaned. I wouldn't have changed a thing but it was nice to have my life back. She is the cutest little boogie woogie!
Oooh- just checked out vitacost! Going crazy on that website ordering everything, LOL! Thanks for the recommendation Christie.
Candice, it's Nikki's blog and if you follow her she has made it clear that breastfeeding is her preference. She even mentioned here. I don't think she's trying to discourage anyone, just giving both sides of it. I've done it too and it's not all roses.
breastfeeding is very important @ 5:43!!
CurlyNik u did a great job..i guess u gotta stop at some point or you end up like this 8-yr-old!!!! SMH
Breast feeding is indeed a contentious issue amongst all women who've borne children. Trying to discuss the topic without sounding judgmental of those who do or don't nurse their babies is like walking barefoot on broken glass. I'm a lactation counselor, and I'm still learning not to overwhelm expectant or new mothers with my passion for breast feeding. What concerned me about this particular article is that breastfeeding is presented as something that's tedious, oppressive, battleground between mother and baby . I hope that after a year of nursing, you've had many more positive experiences with it than negative, but that doesn't really come across in what you wrote. Breast feeding rates amongst African Americans are abysmal, perhaps because so many discouraging stories circulate amongst us. Breastfeeding doesn't have to be this time-consuming scheduling nightmare. Many full-time employed mothers and stay-at-home mothers fully breast feed their children without feeling burdened by it. I'm all for self-expression and being honest about your feelings, but breast feeding is a public health issue for both mother and child. Seeming to discourage it (because I strongly doubt that you intended to discourage anyone from it) might have someone make up her mind without trying to see if it would work in the lives of her and her baby.
The organic stuff is expensive, but if she likes it, check out this website www.vitacost.com This is where I get a lot of my organic stuff for the cheap! I've been getting my hair care items such as oils, shampoos and conditioners. I also get dry food and canned food here too. I hope that I helped. Good luck with the weaning!!
Gia was *not* playing. Lmao. That video was hilarious.
My best friend breastfed both her girls until they were around 14 months old. The older one had no problems at all…the younger one was not having it. She's 21 months now and my bf says she *still* eyes my friends boobs whenever she's hungry. The last time I saw her, BF was just beginning to wean her off and she would stroll right up to my friend, pat her boob, open her mouth really wide, and just yell until she got a drink. She would do it even when she'd just eaten a plate full of food. It was so funny.
I can't imagine breastfeeding for that long, though. I don't know…we'll see. You're a trooper.
Your motherhood tales are killing me Nik. You are a gifted writer and a great mom. I BFed for 3 weeks, couldn't handle the pain. You should be proud, not guilty.
Nikki, until the EPA starts measuring the amounts of Iodine and Cesium radiation in the milk, water and air (from Fukushima…) in the U.S. don't feed BabyG milk…find some alternatives to milk and leafy veggies
Kids are most susceptible to radiation levels because their bodies are still growing. Google it online..do research and stay aware.
@ Honeysmoke, girl yes! Medela is the business. It expressed the milk efficiently and when the bag is zipped up and clean of milk (lol), you'd never know it was a pump! I highly recommend it!
Thanks so much ladies! And yes Brandi and anon, I plan to breastfeed/pump with the next. It's THE ONLY WAY to go. It was totally worth the sacrifice and I'd do it all over again. Also, in her 8 months, boog has only been sick once! It's the milk!
Don't feel guilty! You did great. My first got breast milk exclusively until about 9 months. By the time he was one, I was exhausted and he didn't care where the milk came from. My second got breast milk with plenty of supplemental a la store brand because I couldn't keep up the supply! I did feel guilty at first but quickly realized that it was more important that they received what they needed, when they needed it and I had done my best! It's a tie! Score one for Mom and baby!
The military is much more accommodating with breast feeding! It's actually written in our instructions that we are allowed to pump 3x a day for 20-30 min! I'm with Brandi, regardless of the inconveniences that come with it ( and believe there are HUGE inconveniences trying to BF while active duty) I wouldn't give it up for the world, I am one of those mothers who will probably go for longer than 12 months because I enjoy it so much.
Nikki- You have the power to influence a lot of young girls! I commend you for breast feeding for as long as you did, because any amount of breast milk is better than none. Like, Brandi said again I hope you still encourage other moms to breast-feed. Most people look for reasons not to breast feed which are much easier to come by than reasons to do it!
I am a Medela Pump in Style alum. So glad I spent the money and got the one I wanted.
No need to feel guilty. Mommy milk is the best, but she's eating solids now. She will be fine.
LOL. She didnt even give that bottle a chance. Me and my husband are working on our first child and your adventures are hilarious. They keep me cracking up. Both of u are so freakin cute.
Often, breastfeeding is a beautiful and wonderful experience. I breastfed my oldest for about 14 months. Currently, I'm a year and 1/2 in with my youngest. I've *NEVER* experienced milk blisters. I'm sorry you did. I also don't drink as much water as I should. And my breasts look nothing like what you described even though your description made me laugh. It reminds me of the early days with my 1st when my nips looked completely flattened whenever she stopped eating. (No, it didn't hurt – it just looked weird) But they bounced right back! I wish your experience was better and I hope you will still encourage other moms to breastfeed b/c there are more than enough people willing to be discouraging about it.
LOLOLOL! Loved every minute of this post!
hahahahaha that video had me busting out laughin!!! i hope to breastfeed for at least a year. i understand that breastfeeding isnt for everyone and is a personal decision but dont let OTHERS influence what you feel is best for you and your baby. there may be a reason your feel a little guilty but im no psychologist 😉 after all the World Health Organization recommends formula last as a source of nutrition for infants (to breastmilk from mom or a wet nurse).
Girl you can tell a story! Thanks Nik, BabyG will be just fine without your boob milk, lol.
Thank goodness my Princess wasn't interested (and neither was I). Now Nikki you're going to have to put that pysch brain to good use. When Miss Boog gets hungry enough, she'll cave. The professionals recommend that by 3 months, you get the baby used to a good commercial bottle (I loved Evenflo with my two) and alternate between the two and that way when you're ready to give up breastfeeding the little darling will have already been gotten used to the bottle. You can also try holding her with the bottle close to the breast but of course, she loves your milk now! Be strong and don't give in because it just makes it worse.
I know how you feel about stopping breastfeeding. It does make you feel guilty. Just like dropping a baby off at daycare and walking away as they scream. Trust me, this too shall pass. I recently stopped breast pumping and I am losing weight fast! It really does take a toll on the body. I'm proud of you for going as long as you did. It takes a lot of time and patience for anyone to do it.
-Evelyn of http://salonnaturelles.blogspot.com/
I wanted to add that it is possible to only BF part time. You don't have to pump all day, and you can only nurse in the evenings. I know it sounds crazy, but it's very easy to train your body to only lactate at certain times. Its not to late. Just nurse in the evenings when you get home and slowly stop pumping during the day.
I'm proud of you for making it this far when sooooo many mothers refuse to even try to nurse. I BF'd my son for a year and my daughter for nearly 2 years, so I understand that it can be draining having a human attached to you all the time. Good luck!
PLEASE READ!!! Google "Baby Forumala with rocket fuel in it" and it will return an ABC and Fox News article about baby formula tainted with rock fuel. I know pumping is a pain in the booty, but be careful with using canned crap. Not trying to scare you, but make you aware. 15 different brands has some weird chemical in it. Mothers' milk is best, but it is extremely inconvenient now of days, but you only get one Boo!
that literally made me laugh out loud lol. you gave it a longer shot than i did! i wish i had gone longer but it is def WORK. when you work full time also its hard. she is so beautiful!! and the stretched out nips thing is hilarious! mine are still a mess! 14 months later!-naturallycurly:sweetmx85
LOL. Glad that Gia made the transition easy. Breastfeeding is great but that damn pump is the pitts. I too remember lugging mine around to school and work. I get jealous at the moms who have deep freezers full of breastmilk. I breastfeed for 1 yr. I packed up my pump at 10 months and started whole milk at 11 months with her Dr's approval. A week after my DD 1st birthday she stopped breastfeeding all on her own. I actually cried from the rejection.
OMG Nikki you're got a fancy baby. Thats HILARIOUS!!
Awww, she is so beautiful!!!
oh how it made me laugh @ gia's "awww hell naw"
fenugreek does work! i used it when i breast fed my son 10 yeara ago.
you and gia look beautiful and she looks more and more like you everyday
TOO Funny! @MsPooh May 14, 2011 1:59 PM.
Ladies, you don't want to be the one leaving work to show up at preschool for "milk and cookies" time.
This is to funny, and I definitely needed that good laugh. One of my nieces was like that with my sister during her time of breasfeeding. We used to call that milk "crack" because whenever she saw the milk those hands and feet would be shaking like crazy for it. Now the baby well she doesn't do that but kinda has a baby mustache that hopefully will grow out of it lol…lol…. Hope that your boobs feel better, and that little Gia will soon be weaned off of the boob.
Too funny! I know exactly how you felt. I gave up breastfeeding at about 6 months. I just couldn't take being exhausted anymore plus the pitiful stares from my family members. They thought the baby was going to do me in. LOL! I'm happy that you are happy! Your body will be back to fabulous in no time at all!
Haa Haa! Too funny! Nikki, I truly enjoy your adventures! I applaud you for sticking to your guns and breastfeeding Baby G!
I was an active duty service person when I had my first child at 22. I didn't know (-or- wasn't encouraged)to ask for resources on LaLeche, Lamaze, La-nothing!
My first failed attempts at brestfeeding were cut short by a Hospital Corpsman giving my Boo a bottle of sugar water. I just gave up because I didn't plan how to integrate breastfeeding into my workday…
This was back in the early 80's, hopefully things have gotten much better for military moms.
Don't worry, the TaTas will rise again. I was club secretary for the IttyBittyTittyCommittee until my second pregnancy!
p.s. Moms, if you're getting nipple soreness, PLEASE check the placement of the nipple in the baby's mouth. It's NOT BACK FAR ENOUGH.
here's a link – Hope this helps!
LOL! BF is no joke, but well worth it. I BF my twin boys (now 12) exclusively for about 5-6mos. every month I would say "ok, I'm done" but after a while it was just as hard for me to wean as it was for them (perhaps harder). After gradually introducing more non-boob food they were officially completely off the boob after 13 months (yes…I did it for a year). Once my son walked up to me and started unbuttoning my shirt like he was at a bar I figured it was time to cut it off. It took my mom helping me to feed them because if I was around all hell would break lose sometimes. After a few weeks, they finally gave up on the boob altogether. But I don't regret a single minute.
Kudos to you for sticking with it as long as you did and congrats on your successful wean.
@Curlynikki… It's so great how husbands can make you feel good about your body after baby, even if you don't. I just had my daughter three weeks ago and umm yeah…this body of mine. I'm also having serious issues with breastfeeding, but that is a long story in itself.
This was too funny and that video of Gia was hilarious! My youngest is 16 so it's been a minute since I breastfed, but, I still remember those milk blisters – DEAR LORD! I only nursed her for 6 weeks. Couldn't take it!
Congrats on your emancipation 🙂
"Milk blisters"?! I don't even wanna know! Nope! I refuse to look that up. My best friend went through all kinds of hell weaning my goddaughter off the breast. My godbaby would sneak attack her at night and tell her Dad "Shh…No tell!" Yeah…I was sure my friend would be making trips to school to nurse my goddaughter at lunch time!
I'm glad you found something that worked for that little darling of yours! They grow up so quickly, don't they?
@ Anonymous 1:35 PM: Correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought whole milk was contraindicated in babies due to its relative lack of iron.
LOL!!! That's funny. I asked my mom what a "milk blister" was and her description was so disturbing, I almost felt sick. She said she had them with me…ILL! When I have babies, I'll breastfeed too…Why??? IT'S $FREE.99
LOL! Thanks y'all and hubby said he likes my eggs 😉 I don't though, especially cause one hangs lower than the other! And yes, Gia is 8.5 months, so it's a good time, and she's getting to be a good eater… she eats off my plate… demands my food. And she likes pancakes like her momma!
I tricked my DD by getting her off the boob and pumping into a bottle exclusively. Then I would cut the breastmilk with increasing amounts of whole milk until it was all milk. I was having nightmares of a 4 year old still nursing! And I REFUSED to buy formula. She was about 9-10 months at the time and she took to it fairly well.
BTW that Medela Pump in Style is the absolute best and definitely worth the money.
Nik you had me lol. Your post on motherhood are often so hilarious. Gia is such a cutie and looks so happy, so I am sure your "hanging eggs" and all these other unpleasant discoveries are all worth it. I hear those "hanging eggs" usually return to normal in about a year or so, so that's also something to look forward to 🙂
LMBOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!! Gia wasn't having it!!! She is such a cutie though, we can't upset that little face lol!
LOL at the video!! Congrats! I know how hard that can be for many mommies!
HAHAHAHA! I had to laugh. I breastfed for a year while in college and doing student teaching. Talk about torture. I had to walk around with this huge, blue box with my breast pump in it to class and work. Not cute. I totally feel you though and 6 months is plenty of time! Your baby loves you for it 🙂
PS The eggs "hang" around for at least a year.
hahaha omg this had me crackin' up nikki!!! you have such a way with words!! congrats on being free from the pump! (ps i did look up milk blisters… yikes. that does not sound fun!)