Breastfeeding is Hard Work

I have officially made it to 5 months breastfeeding my third child. My first baby I quit after 4 weeks and the second I quit after about 16 weeks. With this being my last go around I wanted to giving breastfeeding a real chance. I believe in the benefits breastfeeding has to offer my little one. The bond I have with my baby boy is amazing! The only thing is breastfeeding and pumping is very time consuming and I’m a busy mom.

The truth is sometimes I want to give in because it can be so overwhelming. I truly enjoying breastfeeding but it’s hard trying to work 40+ hours a week, maintain my household, complete chores and find time to pump. I want to switch to bottle feeding the baby (especially at night) but I’m too lazy to pump as often as I should. Pumping is so exhausting! I feel like the pump sucks up all of my energy leaving me drowsy and ready for a nap. At times pumping can be so discouraging. I wish I could fill up 8 oz bottles every time I go to pump so I can store enough to bottle fed. Unfortunately, I don’t and it gets to me at times. Every month that I’ve managed to continue breastfeeding I do celebrate myself. I know that I’m making a selfless decision by giving my baby the best option. Plus I don’t have to worry myself about the cost of formula.

I’m enjoying our breastfeeding journey and I’d love to breastfeed until he’s two. This has not been easy though. Breastfeeding is hard work! I’d love to hear from other moms. Am I the only one that feels like this? Please, feel free share your journeys with me.

“Breastfeeding is a mother’s gift to herself, her baby and the earth”.

-Pamela K. Wiggins