OK so it’s been a while. I took a small social media and blog break. And then I took a longer blog break than I expected. Why? Because Aviana practically weaned herself and my hormones went crazy. I decided to stop pumping at work and just breastfeed at home and weekends. Well, that lasted for less than two weeks. My body said NOPE, my milk supply tanked and Aviana, who also caught a cold at the time, said NOPE and became less and less interested in my milk, which then also caused my supply to tank. That was really hard. I wasn’t really ready to give up breastfeeding.
I knew it was a risk to stop pumping at work and in the evenings, but it was becoming too challenging to keep up, and people were less understanding for my time out pumping. I am stronger than that to give a shit about what other people think, but it was tough. When I did stop pumping, it was exhilarating. I gained back so much time in my life and felt in more control at work. I saved time in the mornings not having to pack my giant bag of pumping related stuff. I really needed that. It did mean that I also lost the time I spent catching up with friends whilst pumping went back to work.
I have barely read anyone’s blog posts and for a while couldn’t do social media because my hormones went whacky. Pregnant people? Nope. Breastfeeding mothers? Nope. People all happy? Nope. I couldn’t handle it, so I hid for a little while. A couple of my friends are still breastfeeding and honestly was sad that my journey with Aviana had come to an end.
Aviana was also going through a leap, weaning, teething, eating less and having cold after cold (probably because she stopped breastfeeding) – she was pretty miserable. Having stopped breastfeeding I was paranoid she wasn’t eating enough. She was only taking 2 or 3 oz of milk at each bottle feed and became really picky over her food. I was full of anxiety over it. Thankfully, it seems to have only been a phase, and literally the day after I said to Chris should we phone the doctor about it (her weight was starting to drop off her curve) she became a different baby. In the last week she has been gulping down her bottles and eating like a machine. Why do they put us through this?!?!!!!!
It turns out it is normal to suffer hormonal related extreme emotions when you stop breastfeeding. In fact, I discovered through my online research it can actually trigger post partum depression and anxiety. I didn’t get to that point, but I was literally going to bed crying, for no apparent reason. Knowing that it was normal with the change in hormones helped me a lot. It’s funny because in the past I’ve come to my blog to talk about this kind of stuff, but this time I didn’t. I don’t know why. I’m a bit sad about that, but I really did feel the extreme end of my emotions.
Lots of good stuff has happened since too so, I’ll save those for other posts. And for now, I’ll say HELLOOOOO! How are you?? I’m so excited about Christmas. I’ve missed my blog and my lovely blog friends too 🙂
In honor of my breast feeding journey here are some of my favourite pictures…