I am nursing my 16 month old and the nursing is great-- she seems not the least interested in weaning but I, on the other hand, am (but it has nothing to do with breast feeding).
For whatever reason, and the reason doesn't really matter, I have severe, like threatening my marriage PMS ever since children I guess but I never noticed it until my daughter because I had my son, breastfed him, was pregnant again when he was six months, and never really had a period until my daughter was four months old.
So, I get my period very regularly (every 3-4 weeks) despite breastfeeding which I did exclusively until my daughter was almost a year bc she is picky eater and for some reason, the week prior is so awful with PMS that my husband and mother have told me I need to quit breastfeeding and be medicated.
I know it sounds like, geez lady...just get over it and realize it's hormones. I have tried that but inevitably I end up screaming, crying, acting like a lunatic, and frankly, this is truly not like me. I am an educated, calm, stay at home mother who plans on home schooling. I believe in gentle discipline, inquiry based learning, and love my days with my children more than anything. I would like to note I never yell or become angry with my children, thank God. I direct all that at my poor husband. I am smart enough to recognize I am the problem.
So, after therapy where the therapist agreed I shouldn't breastfeed anymore as it's probably not helping the hormonal imbalance, I agreed to stop and try natural paths to help (vitex, st. johns wort, yoga) but I am having a tough time. I am still breastfeeding and plan to stop in about a month. I am hoping by constant prayer that I can truly overcome this and continue breastfeeding. I am not ready to give that up but I can't incorporate herbs while breastfeeding as I don't feel that is safe either.
But, has anyone experienced anything like this? Any help or insight?