When my son was born, I didn't have breastfeeding goals beyond doing it and getting past the first few weeks. When he was four months old and I returned to work, pumping wasn't easy and my supply tanked--it was emotional, and I wasn't sure we would make it to six months. Soon after, I started supplementing with a small amount of formula. Otherwise, we had an overall pleasant and relatively easy nursing experience. But, I have to say my quality of life has definitely improved since we weaned, shortly after his first birthday.

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For the most part, I didn't HATE nursing, but I didn't love it either. I was a little sad when we weaned our last session, and I've felt melancholy about it a few times since, but as each week passes and I realize how much more freedom I have, those feelings continue to dissipate. I can think of at least a handful of things right this minute that I'm grateful I no longer have to deal with. Some may say they are inconsequential or even selfish, but sometimes it's the little things that make the difference:

The mad dinner rush. For months dinner was the most stressful period of our day, to some degree it still is, but pressure has been released since we weaned. I used to have to stop my dinner prep to nurse and later return to cooking. Because I never really knew how long my son was going to nurse, it was a crapshoot trying to figure out when I would be able to resume and whether the quality of our food was going to suffer. Our evenings are so much smoother these days.

Giving up my favorite sleeping position. I know people sleep on their tummies while nursing, but I was too paranoid about getting a plugged duct or mastitis, so until the past month I had not slept on my stomach since before my son was born. Oh, how I missed it! It is gloriously comfortable sleep.

Those FUGLY bras. Sure some companies make an effort to make cute nursing bras, but they still don't compare to regular bras. What a treat it was to get fitted for and actually purchase a whole new bra wardrobe full of pretty colors, shapes and patterns!

Incessant hunger. I had to eat like a beast while I was nursing. I needed the calories to keep my supply up, and if I didn't get enough I always knew. I would get weak and tired. Thankfully, my insane appetitie didn't hinder the post-baby weight loss, but it was annoying to have to remember to eat so frequently, especially when we were out.

Planning outings around feedings. Early on, I just had to find an appropriate place to nurse while we were out, but towards the end I had to make sure that my son was fed before we left the house and home before he needed to eat again. (As I mentioned, pumping didn't work out for me, so bottles weren't really an option.) By the end, he wouldn't even nurse in a quiet room in someone else's home.

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Shayne Rodriguez Thompson is a full-time wife, full-time mom, and freelance journalist trying to balance it all and looking forward to exploring the world with her son and husband. In her rare spare moments, she's a pop culture junkie and kitchen devotee who makes a mean cupcake!

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I breastfed for 19 months.  When she turned 1, I returned to work and she was eating regular meals, so the breastfeeding was only in the morning, afternoon when I got off work, and before bed.  By about 16 months, it was only before work and before bed.  At 18 months, it was only before bed.  At 19 months, her dad (my ex by then) wanted her overnight, so that ended the night feeding!!  The weaning process was so drawn out that I never really noticed it.

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I actually enjoyed nursing once we got past about 4 months (those first four were torture, though). He self-weaned at 22 months, though I'll admit I "leaned into" the weaning a bit (encouraging him to go longer stretches between nursing and stuff like that). The things I don't miss: worrying if that second glass of wine was too much, being a 160-pound pacifier, and PUMPING. Pumping was the bane of my existence. Fortunately we were only apart about 4 hours a day, but he still needed about 8 ounces for that time span...ugh. Hated it.
Yes, Kelly. Pumping is the worst -- I figured for most women that one is a given so I didn't even bother including it. I actually didn't mind nursing most of the time, but since I've stopped I've been enjoying the little things!
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I'm a little over four months in, and I love it. Its way easier than mixing bottles, buying bottles, boiling nipples, buying formula etc etc! And its an awesome bond! The drawbacks are aggrivating sometimes, but I wouldn't have it any other way! <3
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