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I just found out I have to have another surgery... apparently I have yet another hernia.<br><br>
Anyhoo, Adriana has to stay at mom's for at least a week, and then possibly 2 weeks.. just to make sure I don't get back another hernia.<br><br>
She will be a year old on 10-9, and nursing has become very painful for me... especially since my kiddo loves to bite down.<br><br>
I really wanted to go at least 18 months, but this would be the ideal time to wean her.<br><br>
Another big factor is our big trip to Mexico to meet dh's parents... I think it would be too much of a PITA to bring formula (Addy can't drink cow's milk) and bottled water... nursing would be so much easier... but I just want to give up.<br><br>
Please help me encourage myself to keep on.
 

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our dds have the same birthday, though my little nurser will be 2!<br><br>
i'm so sorry you are having to have surgery again.<br><br>
you want encouragement to keep nursing right? well, IMO winter is when they need our milk the most. colds and flu become more prevalent because people are inside more and all the crap stays in with us and gets recirculated over and over. you would probably feel pretty bad if your dd got really sick right after you weaned her, right?<br>
and then there's your trip issue. formula is pretty heavy and it would suck to have to carry all that weight around, especially with you just having had surgery.<br>
you set a goal of 18 months, and that's totally doable! you will feel so awesome when you get there, knowing that you overcame all the obstacles life threw at you and still accomplished your goal.<br>
it can be really hard to keep going sometimes, even under normal circumstances, and yours are more challenging than most.<br>
the biting will stop. you may have to unlatch her a billion times before she gets it, but she will learn not to bite. biting means no milk, period.<br><br>
did any of that help?
 

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You can do it, Jodi!!!<br>
We'll be your cheerleading section!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
Just keep reminding yourself that you really don't want to take, how many bottles of water with you to Mexico! That your baby will need that breastmilk there, more than ever, since there will be new germs to fight off that she has had no exposure to.<br>
And what if the formula makes her sick (especially since cow's milk makes her sick)? And what about the super-stinky formula diapers you'll have to carry around and rinse out yourself? Will you be driving? You want that stink in your vehicle the whole trip?<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/grouphug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="grouphug"><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/Rainbow.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rainbow peace">
 

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Just a quick comment--why don't you have your mother stay with you? That way you can see your baby and nurse without leaving your bed... I know when I had surgery it was wonderful to be at home and pampered--dh and my mom just brought ben to me when he needed me. Its SO worth it to continue nursing! 18 months is a great goal and don't give it up <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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10 minutes with her, and you would totally understand why I don't want her staying with me <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
Thank you all for your help/pep talks... I guess I am just feeling down. Everyone except dh is on me to wean her anyway... and I really am beginning to wonder myself to.<br><br>
I never thought about the different germs in Mexico, or the winter season colds/flu bugs... good points.<br><br>
I love this board <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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Just a question on the surgery. Do you have a good laparoscopic surgeon? I had abdominal surgery in the spring and the first surgeon said I would be on heavy-duty narcotics for 2 weeks (and my 3yo was nowhere near ready to wean). I got a recommendation for a good laparoscopic surgeon, had an outpatient surgery, and took one pain pill afterwards!! In any case, I noticed the lap surgeon does hernias too. HTH!
 

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Read this now:<br><br><a href="http://www.kellymom.com/bf/bfextended/ebf-benefits.html" target="_blank">http://www.kellymom.com/bf/bfextended/ebf-benefits.html</a><br><br>
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">"Nursing toddlers benefit NUTRITIONALLY (non-bfed toddlers are at risk for malnourishment)<br><br>
"Breast milk continues to provide substantial amounts of key nutrients well beyond the first year of life, especially protein, fat, and most vitamins."<br>
-- Dewey 2001<br><br><br>
In the second year (12-23 months), 448 mL of breastmilk provides:<br>
29% of energy requirements<br>
43% of protein requirements<br>
36% of calcium requirements<br>
75% of vitamin A requirements<br>
76% of folate requirements<br>
94% of vitamin B12 requirements<br>
60% of vitamin C requirements<br>
-- Dewey 2001<br><br>
Nursing toddlers are SICK LESS OFTEN (artificially fed babies/toddlers are at risk for more illness)<br><br>
"Antibodies are abundant in human milk throughout lactation" (Nutrition During Lactation 1991; p. 134). In fact, some of the immune factors in breastmilk increase in concentration during the second year and also during the weaning process. (Goldman 1983, Goldman & Goldblum 1983, Institute of Medicine 1991).<br><br><br>
Nursing toddlers are SMART (artificially fed babies/toddlers are less intelligent)<br><br>
Extensive research on the relationship between cognitive achievement (IQ scores, grades in school) and breastfeeding has shown the greatest gains for those children breastfed the longest.<br><br>
Nursing toddlers are WELL ADJUSTED SOCIALLY (nursing toddlers are socially normally adjusted)<br><br>
According to Elizabeth N. Baldwin, Esq. in "Extended Breastfeeding and the Law", "Meeting a child's dependency needs is the key to helping that child achieve independence. And children outgrow these needs according to their own unique timetable." Children who achieve independence at their own pace are more secure in that independence then children forced into independence prematurely.<br><br><b>Nursing a toddler is NORMAL</b> (feeding a toddler cow's milk is abnormal)</td>
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