I thought now that I am done pumping and we don’t have cable, I would have more time to blog. I somehow have less time than ever! I have been completely done with breast feeding since last Sunday. When I turned the pump off for the last time, I had mixed feelings. I felt very different than I thought I would.
Most people know, I never wanted to breast feed. I thought it was weird and had no desire to do it. I told Bryan that I would give it a try and I would pump. Then I got pregnant and we went to the breast feeding class. This was the only class we went to that I found useful, because even though breast feeding is natural, it is VERY difficult. Once I decided to nurse, I said OK, but I am gong to be done before I go back to work. Then I kept going until my body told me it was time to stop. I was able to breast feed/pump exclusively until Callan was 7 months old. I then supplemented with one bottle of formula a day. I thought I had a decent size stash in the freezer, but that really went fast.
I was lucky enough not to have any issues, sure it was painful for a few weeks. I didn’t have supply issues. I never got a blocked duct or any of the other horror stories I have heard. One reason I kept going was because I felt guguilty since I didn’t have any issues.
I returned to work when Callan was 4 months old. I started out pumping twice a day. It was time consuming and a pain. It was nice though that it gave me 30 minutes during the day to catch up on blogs.
Now my pump is packed away and I am glad I kept with it as long as I did. I know I did what was best for my baby and I am thankful I was able to provide for him. This is what made him so healthy and strong.