You can Google all the amazing benefits that breastfeeding offers - antibodies that aid in fighting off viruses and bacteria, lowers the risk of allergies, fewer ear infections, and the very obvious one, it's free!
Our journey in breastfeeding was a rocky one until we went to a lactation consultant. That 2 hour appointment was life-changing. Seriously! It became less painful, never bloody again and a very enjoyable time for me. We made it 4 months of exclusive breastfeeding. We had to begin supplementing with formula when my efforts to pump did not offer us enough food for his time in daycare. I would breastfeed weekday mornings and evenings and every weekend. Then use formula and any breastmilk we had at daycare.
I then stopped pumping about a month ago. So it was straight formula while at daycare and then I would nurse all other times - nights and weekends.
Queue the middle of January when I got the worst stomach bug, possible parasite, of all time. After three days of going in and out of a restroom more times than I care to say, and not being able to hold anything down, not even water, I finally saw a doctor. Said doctor gave me three different medications. He assured me I could take them all while breastfeeding.
When I went to pick up the scripts from the pharmacist, they said one of them would dry my milk supply. I decided to call my OBGYN. They said I should NOT take one of the three and recommended I call Mark's pediatrician to verify the other two. I got the call back from them and they said I could only take 1 of the three. But the one of the three wasn't even the antibiotic, which would kill whatever was in me.
So Dustin and I decided I would take the medication and pump.
Well, pumping was a bust. I was not performing. At all. It was pretty mentally draining. So then I decided I need to take my health seriously since I cannot function as a wife and mother if I am as sick as I was last week. I decided to take the most important medication - flagyl - but after 3 days of taking that medication, I just didn't feel right about giving up on breastfeeding. I wasn't ready yet.
Now it's 2 weeks later and I have decided that I truly am forced into retirement. After every time breastfeeding Mark in these past two weeks since taking the antibiotics, we would have to supplement with formula. Mark was working extremely hard to get a little bit of milk. Then he would get fussy while we would be preparing a bottle.
The fact that I made it four months of exclusively breastfeeding and now am 4 days shy of hitting the 6 month mark for supplementing, I cannot be upset about this forced retirement. Yes, I would love to continue, but getting sick a few weeks ago really knocked me down.
My husband is such a great support. Sometimes I feel as if I am disappointing him if I stop breastfeeding, but he understands more than anybody. I gave it my all, and I had to take that medication to get better. I did, and it did exactly what the pharmacist said it would do, it dried me up.
And today, way more so than 2 weeks ago, I feel completely OK about stopping breastfeeding. After all, FED is best!
Hi there! I'm Kara, of taking KARA myself! I've dabbled in blogging off and on for a while now. Mostly off. But I'm trying to change that and make a dent in this side of the world wide web. Enjoy!