I love breastfeeding. I mean I REALLY LOVE breastfeeding. It is fantastic the bond that it creates with mother and baby, that will of course last a lifetime, then there is the stomach toning, the weight loss (hopefully) and not getting up in the middle of the night to put on a bottle!!!!
Either way I am quite sad to blog a week after finally finishing breastfeeding. My daughter Sofia is now five months old and loves her introduction to solids and has stopped looking for the breast as much as she used to.
She was a very difficult newborn to breastfeed – was always complaining and always got bored mid-feed and you had to constantly remind her to eat, or top her up with formula milk.
I have finally stopped due to my breasts drying up (or having very little left in them that she cries when I try) and it feels like an end of an era.
But at the same time it feels like a brand new beginning. My nursing days are over so I can take painkillers again (migraines and breastfeeding are a terrible mix) and I can drink again and I no longer have to think as much about what I am eating because I am breastfeeding or before that because I was pregnant.
This equals my body being mine again and returning to normality and the most important change that I have noticed is my appetite. I have never been a big eater, its more a case of eating the wrong things. Yet through the later stages of pregnancy and through breastfeeding I had noticed I was eating a lot more.
But over the last week I have noticed that I want to eat less and less. There is no urge for snacking, no urge for large portions and very few food cravings.
This of course means that I can carry on with my weight loss dream, or because I like to be difficult, crack on with baby number 3!!!
Either way, its nice that I made it to month 5 with my baby and how the hard work of getting her to feed finally paid off 🙂
Oh and before I go here is Sofia telling me what she thinks of her first lot of carrots: