Do You Regret Not Breastfeeding Longer?

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Registered: 10-01-2010
Do You Regret Not Breastfeeding Longer?
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Fri, 02-04-2011 - 12:40am

The topic of breastfeeding gets a lot of people riled up and upset. It can make the mom who had no milk emotional over the fact that a mom who had a plentiful supply stopped nursing after four weeks. (While some think, What a waste!)

It can also make the mom who never tried regret she didn't. (Gasp!) And it's those moms, the moms who look back on the early days of motherhood and wish they did things differently, the moms who didn't nurse at all or who stopped early, those are the moms I wish would speak up more and help new moms so they don't feel that same regret. I hear a lot of women talk about how they wish they breastfed longer. Or didn't breastfeed at all and wish they tried. We can learn from those women if we let them speak.

So leave a comment or take their anonymous survey -- Do you wish you breastfed longer? If you did, what happened to make you stop? What do you wish you knew then that you do now?

Read more, 33 comments & Survey: http://thestir.cafemom.com/baby/115721/do_you_regret_not_breastfeeding

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iVillage Member
Registered: 03-16-2010
Fri, 02-04-2011 - 2:00am

I wasn't sure how to answer that survey.

iVillage Member
Registered: 06-16-2010
Fri, 02-04-2011 - 9:40am

Uh, no! DS weaned at 6, and DD is still nursing at 2 1/2.

Kevali


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Registered: 06-04-2004
Fri, 02-04-2011 - 11:02am
Hear, hear Kevali. My son weaned at 4, and my daughter is going strong at almost 29 months, so I can't say I regret not BF'ing longer, and am in fact starting to look forward to the halcyon future where she has finally weaned as well.
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Registered: 05-02-2006
Fri, 02-04-2011 - 1:45pm
witch_power wrote:

Do you wish you breastfed longer?

I do.

2010 Siggy
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Registered: 05-02-2004
Fri, 02-04-2011 - 2:33pm

With #2, yes.

Community Leader
Registered: 06-10-2008
Fri, 02-04-2011 - 3:55pm
Traci, did you ever try lecithin to help deal with the recurrent plugs?
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Registered: 04-13-2008
Fri, 02-04-2011 - 5:26pm

Do you wish you breastfed longer?

Definitely wish I BF DD (my first baby) for longer. DS1, in hindsight - I probably would have gone longer with him too, if I knew about CLW, but I do not have the same sort of regret as I do with DD, who I BF for 10 months. After that, she seemed to catch everything that was going.

If you did, what happened to make you stop?

I was pregnant again. DS 1 was born when she was just over 15 months. My doctor told me I had to wean, so I did. I did not aske her why, but I think the thinking back then was that it would likely cause miscarriage, or perhaps that the mother would not have enough for both breastmilk and the pregnancy? I really don't know.

What do you wish you knew then that you do now?

I wish I had information then about nursing through pregnancy and tandem nursing because that is what I would have done. Now that I know it is possible, I do have regrets about not asking the doctor more about why, and not trying to find information elsewhere. Pre-internet, information was much less available, but I just accepted with regret what she said. In my heart of hearts even at the time, I sort of felt that surely cutting back a bit would do, but I did not even try that. Back then I was very compliant with 'what the doctor says'. Not so now, have had some other major things to make me question doctors.

Teresa

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Registered: 06-14-1999
Sat, 02-05-2011 - 3:22pm

I'm like you.

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Registered: 05-02-2006
Mon, 02-07-2011 - 11:48am
dietdrpepperfan wrote:
Traci, did you ever try lecithin to help deal with the recurrent plugs?

No, and I don't think I really knew about it much at the time.

2010 Siggy
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Registered: 02-07-2011
Tue, 02-08-2011 - 9:00am

No. I don't regret it anymore. I did regret it after I failed doing it with my first daughter. I think I regretted it mainly because it was the first thing I really wanted to accomplish, but failed at it. I just couldn't handle it.

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