I shared with you last week that Avery has decided that she no longer wants to nurse. At just 12 months old she no longer has interest in my breasts. Although I knew it was coming, I just didn’t expect it to happen this quickly. It seemed as if one minute she wanted to nurse and the next she had no recollection what they were even for.
I’m sad about it. As much as I thought I was ready for the journey to end, I really wasn’t. I’ve spent many nights crying about it. The nights when I was supposed to be up nursing her for her dream feed were spent dreaming about the dream feed. But Avery was ready and therefore I had to be. And when one door closes another door opens. Rather than spending our morning and nights nursing, we are now spending that time cuddling. Avery has never been a cuddler. I used to try to get her to sit still for just 10 minutes just to nurse. Now that’s all changed. She will just come up to me and lay down with her head on my chest. It’s the best feeling in the world.
As I’m trying to look at the silver lining of all of this, I’ve realized that there are many things that I completely forgot that I could enjoy now that I’m not nursing. Nursing had become such a big part of my everyday life, that the few sacrifices you have to make just seemed so normal. But now that it’s all over, I am now trying to find the upside in all of this.
There are Some Upsides 1 of 11As upset as I am that I'm not nursing Avery anymore, I'm trying to look on the bright side of things. Take at look at 10 positives to not nursing anymore.
No More Baggage 2 of 11I've been traveling a lot more lately and every single time I travel away from Avery I had to bring my pump with me. Although I didn't mind pumping, I didn't like having to pack it and take it with me everywhere when I was gone. I always had to end up finding a place to pump every couple of hours and it was really hard with a traveling work schedule.
Getting My Body Back 3 of 11Although nursing can do great things for your body, I feel like it can also hold on to that last little bit of baby fat. I never wanted to go on a strict diet or work out too much while nursing because I didn't was to diminish my already small milk supply. Now I can finally start up my diet and get back into working out to lose these last few pounds of baby weight.
Normal Bras 4 of 11Nursing bras have made a huge leap in the fashion world, but I missed my old bras. I loved my little push up bras and missed wearing them so much. I'm excited to go bra shopping again and not have to limit myself to the nursing section.
Hello Dresses 5 of 11Dresses are always hard to fit into a nursing wardrobe. They have to have a certain fit and cut so that you can easily pull it down to nurse. Now that I don't have to worry about it, I've already done dress shopping!
Yummy Food 6 of 11There were certain foods that triggered Avery to have gas and upset her stomach. I had to completely wipe them out of my diet. I can't wait to indulge in a big plate of spaghetti with a lot of tomato sauce!
Freezer Space 7 of 11I tried to keep a really good supply of milk in my freezer just in case. We have a very small refrigerator to match our small apartment, so space was very limited. I had to only get what was absolutely necessary in the freezer section because I had to make sure I always had enough room for my milk. Now that my supply has been used, I can finally stock up on all of my favorite frozen foods!
Restocking My Medicine Cabinet 8 of 11I hardly ever get sick, but when I did I never wanted to take any medicine in fear that I would pass it on to Avery. When I was really sick and couldn't take anything it wasn't fun. I've finally bought everything I need in case I do get sick and I don't have to worry about any side effects with Avery.
No More Milk Stress 9 of 11My milk supply started to get quite low towards the end of our journey. I was taking supplements, eating certain foods, pumping, and doing everything I can to make sure I had enough milk. I was always worried about whether or not I was producing enough or if I had enough in the freezer just in case I had to go somewhere. Having that weight lifted off of my back is so refreshing.
Goodbye Prenatal Vitamin 10 of 11I don't like prenatal vitamins. Never have and probably never will. They have always made me so sick no matter what kind I try. I would take them because I know that it was good for Avery, but it made me sick every single day. I love not having to deal with it anymore.
No More Pump and Dump 11 of 11I like to indulge in a couple of glasses of wine every once in a while, but I hated the stress of worrying whether or not the alcohol would pass over to Avery. As soon as I really knew our breastfeeding days were over, my husband and I shared a bottle of wine together and it was the first time in a long time I didn't have to pull out my pump and throw precious milk away.
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