Hello friends! I hope everyone had an enjoyable weekend. We had a great time at Lola's house and have lots of fun pictures to post as soon as we get a chance.
The topic I've been thinking about recently is weaning. The pumping is really wearing me down. I know there are so many great benefits to it - immunity for the LO, eating whatever and still losing weight, not having to spend money on formula... but it's just getting really tiring. I think the hardest times are the first morning pump and the pump around 8-9 at night. The first thing in the morning is hard because I always wake up in pain and a lot of the time I'm leaking. I can't sleep in even if I wanted to and someone else takes the LO. I have to get up and pump and then I could theoretically go back to sleep but pretty much I just get up and start my day. Nothing like 13 minutes being hooked up to a machine to get you going. Then I have to prep the bottles. Then it's time for breakfast for the LO so at that point it's just silly to try to go back to sleep.
The 8-9 at night is a drag because that's time that I could have been relaxing and winding down my day - maybe even doing a little night time stretching or something. I always have the time on my mind and how long it's been since my last pump. DH has been helping at the night time pump and making the bottles and cleaning the pump stuff off but still, it's just hard to keep up.
Every time I have considered weaning I have felt this crushing guilt - like I really need to keep it up for a year. But all my friends who weaned or didn't BF at all - I didn't feel like they were bad mothers and in fact I encouraged them to do what works best for them. I don't know why I have this double standard for myself.
I do have a bunch of frozen milk stored up so that could prolong the time the LO gets breast milk for a bit. Plus I'm pretty sure the weaning process will take me a little while so that would stretch it too.
What do you guys think? When did you wean your children? How was it for you?