Over two weeks into being finished, I can tell you that I don't miss it! I love that I don't have a schedule to keep to. I love that I don't have to worry about remembering my pump (and all of it's parts, I've forgotten some before and trust me, it wasn't a pleasant experience) if I'm going to work. I love that I have freedom and that I know Mia will be okay if I don't get back to her in time for meal time! BUT... I am so grateful for sticking it out! Since I made more than enough milk, it saved us the hundreds it would have cost for formula. Once the pain disappeared nursing was fast and easy, and it kept getting faster and easier the older she got! Around Mia's first birthday I decided to keep nursing until spring time, just in case it helped her immune system fight the nasty sicknesses that are awful during the winter. I'm not sure if it really benefited Mia, but Eric got the flu, strep and pink eye and we caught nothing! Most of all, I'm just really proud of sticking it out because in the beginning, I didn't see an end in sight. I didn't know how I was going to make it! I wanted to quit every hour of every day. But it was something that brought Mia great comfort and I was able to nourish her with everything she needed! I did my best for Mia and it turns out that it was exactly what she needed and loved! Nursing was just plain sucky in the beginning, but now that we are done and I think back on it, I would do it all over for her again.
Photos from Mia's 3 month photo shoot because I'm feeling nostalgic.