Does anyone want to talk about breastfeeding? Maybe first time moms can share thoughts/goals/questions, and BTDT moms can share what they've done in the past and what they might do differently this time, if anything?
So I nursed both my boys until around their 2nd birthdays. DS1 weaned when I was heavily pregnant with his brother and I was really sad about it as I wanted to tandem. I had a great supply but then caught an awful stomach bug that wiped my supply out and he lost interest despite my efforts to get him back on the boob. I started the weaning process with DS2 earlier than I thought I would. I had been having health issues since he was about 12 months (10-15 lbs underweight, constantly felt dizzy/tired, low iron no matter what I did, etc.). I weaned him over the course of about two months and to my surprise he was fine with it. But I felt guilty.
Nursing was relatively easy for me. With DS1 my nipples hurt more than I thought possible but I had my latch checked by a LC and it was perfect-- I guess I'm just sensitive. I originally had a goal to nurse him for 3-6 months as no one I knew had done it for longer, and I was convinced something would "go wrong". Well, we certainly sailed past that goal. All in all I nursed for 4+ yrs (with a month break in between) and I feel good about that.
So this time around, my goals are:
-listen to my body, even if it means weaning earlier than I wish
-after establishing a good supply and relationship, start pumping so I can go out with girlfriends, out on dates with DH, or even just meander around Target for 2 hours without worrying (it was a solid year with each boy before I did these things and it did some damage to my mental health I think!)
-possibly nightweaning sooner (earlier than 15 or 18 months as I did before)
-as I usually have more than enough of a supply, look into donating milk in my area
-and of course, enjoy it as this will be my last baby