My baby is now over 8 months old!
That means Baby S has been exclusively breastfeeding for over 7 months!
Breastfeeding is now a part of my daily routine. Sometimes, I actually look forward to the required break. It feels good to watch him drink milk and at the same time snuggle with him.
Evenings are still largely disturbed because Baby S seems to love feeding at night. I miss having a huge space to myself. I miss 6 to 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep. Being tired is now a standard for me, but I figure it’s a small price to pay.
Baby S has gotten sick and has had to take antibiotics but he recovers much faster than other people in the family who catch the same disease. I have even started pumping and letting my older kids drink my pumped breastmilk (which they feel is a wonderful treat to have) in the off chance it will help them heal faster too.
I have started leaving home for longer periods of time now as my baby is already on solids so the pressure to pump is not that big anymore. I still don’t respond to the pump as well as I would like but pumping 4 to 5 oz in 15 minutes is already a standard if I am unable to feed.
I have a comfortable stash in my freezer too so Hubby S and I have started dating regularly again. We have also started going to events and watch movies with the kids.
It has definitely gotten a lot easier.
My clothing options are still greatly limited because I need to consider breastfeeding or pumping access. The vain part of me struggles with dressing up day to day but at the same time I can’t bring myself to buy new clothes as I’m hoping to, one day, fit into my pre-Baby S clothes.
However, by and large, breastfeeding is no longer a struggle.
I remember when I began the journey I couldn’t believe it when advocates assure me it gets easier.
Now, the extreme difficulty, pain and thousands of shed tears are a vague memory.
I have only spent money on 1 tiny can of formula in the past 8 months, thanks in large part to wonderful mommies who donated their excess milk in the beginning. I’ve saved so much money I’m treating the family to watch a broadway musical that will show in Manila next year AND visit my parents and brother at the same time.
4 more months to go and I will have reached my goal of exclusively breastfeeding until Baby is 1 year old.
Will I extend? Who knows… the mantra stays the same…
“One day at a time.”
BELATED HAPPY BREASTFEEDING WEEK!