When we first become mothers, we have to decide whether or not we’ll be breastfeeding. If we go for it (and are able) we also need to decide when to finally call it quits. For some, it’s an easy decision. Perhaps their youngster decided to wean themselves, or you’ve just finally had enough of the whole thing. For others, though, it can be an emotional decision. Those in the latter category could probably benefit from this list of things every mom can do for her mental health while weaning.
I had multiple challenges when it finally came time to attempt breastfeeding my son. For one, he was taken to the NICU a half hour away shortly after he was born. In those first few hours, I was so depressed and anxious that the thought of trying to pump was just low on my priority list. I was also taking painkillers and anti-anxiety medications, and was later told I might have insufficient glandular tissue, so the little bit I did produce would probably be it for my supply.
Still, I was diligent about breastfeeding my son as a supplement for the first four months of his life. Eventually, I opted to give it up, as I was too stressed from pumping every three hours. I only wish that I’d known these tips that would have, without a doubt, made the transition a bit smoother.