8 1/2 months in and I am still going strong on the breastfeeding front. I have struggled, I have complained yet I have persevered and now I am entering the home stretch. I wrote a post a little while back about the downsides of breastfeeding, and in that post I complained a bit about some items I had to give up in order safely breastfeed. Now, when I think it through a little more I realize that I am probably healthier for those sacrifices. Think about it? If it’s not good for the kid is it really good for mom?
I have had maybe 3 diet cokes since I found out I was pregnant. Why? Well the caffeine for one, and two, I didn’t want to pass the fake sugar stuff onto my son. But diet coke isn’t really good for people either. So I am probably doing myself a favor!
Coffee? I drank none until about my 7th month of pregnancy. After that I strictly stuck to 1 cup every once in a while. Once Christian was born I had no coffee at all for a long time. I didn’t want the caffeine to affect him. Over time I was so exhausted I had to do something so I gave in and had 1 cup a day. If I wasn’t breastfeeding I am not sure I could control the caffeine intake being that I’m so tired most of the time. Again…I’m probably doing myself a favor!
Alcohol? I still indulge but nowhere close to before. I was so excited to be able to have a drink again my baby was born, but once he was here I didn’t have any because I felt like I would just fall asleep if I had! Also, I worried about the effects it would have on my milk. I didn’t want to be the reason for a fussy baby. Even now I hold back. Pumping and dumping is like losing my liquid gold! So not worth it!
I take a lot less medication, I eat only real sugar and I drink a lot more water. I still eat a lot of processed foods (my bad!), but overall I eat a lot less of the “chemically” stuff than I used to. I have to believe that over all I’m healthier! Although it’s tough to give things up in order to breastfeed, I think in the end I’m better off! Who would’ve thought!?
I agree. I think breastfeeding has made me healthier than before. I was always cautious before, but now even more so. My only downfall is caffeine. I love my coffee. 🙂 But I only brew a small amount, and I never let myself brew more. Even though trust me I could use more caffeine! 🙂
I thought I commented here before but I guess it didn’t take?? I love my caffeine too..a definite must in my day!!!
I have been BFing exclusively for a little over 4 months now and I agree, it has made me much healthier overall. I am so inspired by your success for almost 9 months so far! I hope I can keep it going too!
I have an award to pass on to you by the way! I know it’s been ages since we’ve been in touch on blogs but you were such a huge support for me before Snow Pea was born and I am so thankful to you for that!
Hang in there! It definitely starts to get a lot easier at this point! I know when I started to give solids too my life changed. I now only feed 4 times a day and I can’t imagine other wise. Good for you for keeping with it so long so far!
Thanks for the award/hug!!! You were such a support for me too! 😉 Can you believe how far we’ve come???