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Beginning of the end of my BFing journey
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Posted 05 April 2012 - 11:15 AM
Today is the last day I will be exclusively BFing my 5 month old son as tomorrow we will be starting him on formula and weaning him onto it completely over the next 4-6wks.
It has been a tough journey (read here if you are interested - I'm having a rough day today and don't really want to repeat it all) and an even tougher decision but I know that in the end I've made the right decision for me and my son.
Today I will take some photos of me breastfeeding my son and know that deep down I have done all I can to give him the best possible start in life. It has been a wonderful experience (even through the pain and agony) and I will treasure it always.
Posted 05 April 2012 - 01:14 PM
I havent read your history, but really, well done for making it this far. Even more well done for chosing now what is best for you and your bub. . Enjoy your last few feeds, have a glass of champers tonight and celebrate a great bf journey. Next journey is about to start!
Posted 05 April 2012 - 01:20 PM
Congratulations on breastfeeding your son for five long months. The nourishment, comfort and immunological benefits you have given him so far are immeasurable.
You've done a great job, well done.
Posted 05 April 2012 - 01:20 PM
You've done a GREAT thing to get this far!
Can I suggest you work out a little mantra (like 'I have done my best, I love my son, I am doing the best thing by him') that you can repeat to yourself anytime you feel guilt or sadness getting the better of you? Positive self-talk can be incredibly helpful.
P.S. That's not to say that grieving your BF relationship isn't a valid response to what you're going through.
Posted 05 April 2012 - 01:22 PM
Congratulations on getting so far!
You should be really proud of yourself.
Have a read of this to see what a great start you have made to your DC:
Posted 05 April 2012 - 02:40 PM
Thanks everyone for your lovely kind words - it brings a smile to my face on what is a tough day!!
Rewom - Glass of champers sounds lovely but it might have to wait until we've cut down to only a couple of feeds. My lil guy still BF 6-8 times a day (incl 2-3 overnight) and since I'm taking it slow to wean him off I think I'll hold off on the alcohol until I'm down to only a couple of feeds (and none overnight!).
Chevrechou - Thanks heaps!! I will remember how much benefit I have given him as we begin to cut down on our BFs - I know that I have done a great job and given him a good start to life!
roses99 - I love the mantra idea - I have put that one in my phone to look out when things get tough. You're right, grieving is normal too but I need to be positive so I can begin this new journey with a smile on my face and in my heart!
boatiebabe - Thanks for that link - made me smile to see all the benefits I've given my DS despite only exclusively BFing for 5 months and even though he will have some formula starting tomorrow we will probably still be doing a little bit of BFing (as we slowly wean) at 6 months so he'll be getting some of those benefits as well.
Thanks again ladies. You've made me very proud of what I have achieved and instead of feeling sad I feel pleased that I've given my gorgeous lil man a great start to life!
Onto the next part of my journey!!
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