I have been posting about all the issues surrounding breastfeeding for so long that I can't believe that I have almost made it to my goal of 1 year! The posts about the BFing in public and the pumping...remember the one when I had to travel to Boston and tried to bring pumped milk back in my suitcase (and succeeded, thank you very much!) Now BFing seems like second nature and at times, almost easier. Not to mention all the money that I have saved from not buying formula!
I realize that there are many needs and various views out there about nursing. For some it is very important, and for others formula is just as good. Some moms make the choice to nurse or not and others do not have a choice. Some moms find that 4 or 5 months is as long as they can go, while other maybe go on longer than most...like 4 or 5 years. Either way, to each her own and from the bonded groups of mommies out there, I think we all respect each other's opinions in this area.
I just got back from the doctor again (yes, still sick..."worse" according to the doc) and she wants to change my medicine to an aggressive 10 day course. AGGRESSIVE! Yes! I like it! Let's kill those little throat germs! The only problem is that the antibiotic recommends "using caution" if breastfeeding and my doctor translated this as "you cannot nurse". For 10 days! She gave me some helpful suggestions but I'm thinking, "Look lady, I didn't come this far, 3 weeks away from my goal, for you to tell me I should just give her formula for 10 days." I do have some frozen milk but I am not sure if I have enough.
It is funny that just yesterday, while I was resting in bed, I was reading my trusty What to Expect the First Year to see what it suggested about weening. I know it is time to be thinkging about this; my mother told me yesterday that this might be a perfect time to start since I am ill. I do NOT like the fact that Stella would have to go cold turkey for 10 days. I am just not sure what to do. Honestly, I am wondering (since I have a virus) how much this antibiotic is really going to help and if it is going to be worth putting Stella on formula, even part of the time for the next week and a half.
Darn it. Being sick is ten times more complicated when you are a mommy!