I stopped breastfeeding my son after two years together, June 1st. Since then I have been on a complete emotional rollercoaster. After doing some research I realized that it can take a long time for your hormones to stabilize again. Also, the lack of prolactin, the feel good hormone that leaves you happy and calm, can lead to depression and mood swings. -
I was in such happy place before I stopped b-feeding and until now I have been trying to figure out what triggered this backward spiral. There has been binge eating, anxiety, depression, loss of motivation, self-doubt, weight gain, crying, mood swings, and subsequently, SHAME!
I am not saying all of these things can be blamed on quitting b-feeding, because I have to take accountability for the actions that have lead to some of these things but I 100% believe it is a contributing factor. -
My son asks for "Baboos" every day too which just breaks my lil mamma heart in two. I regret this decision because I made it selfishly. I thought my life would be easier with out the trouble of having to whip out a boob three plus times a day. I listened to the chatter around me that two years old is too old to still be nursing a child. I can no longer comfort him immediately when he is sick or hurt and I have to deal with the aftermath of the hormone fluctuations. I knew it would come eventually but I wish I had not stopped yet. -
Mamma's, do not listen to what other people are saying. You know when the time is right for you and your babe to stop. Do what is best for your body and your family. But also remember, once you stop you can't go back. There are so many benefits of breast feeding and if you are lucky enough to be able to do it for a long time, treasure it. Also, Be kind to yourself, HORMONES are a BITCH!