Okay I need some advise ladies!
DD is no 3 and with DS1 I weaned at 8 months to go back to work and DS2 I weaned at 6 months.
Now DD is almost 8 months and I am stuck at what happens next.
I dont have any good breastfeeding role models in my family. Sis weaned both her kids at 6 months, SIL weaned DS1 at 4 months and with her second she didnt breastfeed at all because it was easier to use the bottle. Even MIL and Mum both only Bfd til 1 year.
In my area I truly think I am the only BFer around. Whenever I go to parents rooms everyone pulls out a bottle while I pull out a boob. Yes I know that there could be EBM in the bottles but its the fact the I am the only one visibly breastfeeding.
I was chatting to a couple of mums at primary school about that mum on the magazine BFing her 3 yo and the mums were 'Thats disgusting' and 'how can she do that', etc. Comments like that make me wonder what they would think about me and BFing past 12mo.
DD and I really struggled at the start to BF (DD lost weight, sore nipples, etc) but we have an awesome BFing relationship now.
I want to continue BFing but just feel there is no support around me as noone else seems to be doing it. I guess I feel alone and very awkward when out and about when I do need to feed as it seems to foreign IYKWIM. Like if there were other women about doing it I wouldnt think about it so much.
Not sure what I am asking for but should I just keep BFing and dont think about what others think?
DP is happy for me to continue as long as I want because as he says "its cheaper that way"
Obviously I think about what I ingest but what happens when you extend BF and need surgery? Or drugs like anti inflammatories et al? I also hate my boobs as they are so large (GG) and I just feel like I am all boob....like its a huge focus point.
I guess I just didnt have a plan for after 8 months and now its almost here I dont know what happens next! I am very proud and happy to be BFing my baby and she is thriving on my milk. It fills me with such joy to know that only because of me and the nutrition she gets from me is making her so healthy.
Your thoughts and advise will be greatly appreciated!