I just need some words of encouragement that I am not a horrible mother. I was basically chewed out by my charge nurse(I am a pediatric nurse) at work tonight for being selfish and still breastfeeding my LO through his milk protein intolerance/colic/reflux. I will try to make it brief! She has given me a hard time about this before, but it has always been light hearted-not tonight. She pretty much said that I was just breastfeeding him because I want to, and that I should have just put him on formula instead of putting him through all his medications and things. He actually is on no medications now and I am planning to try adding dairy back into my diet soon. He was on a few different supplements/medications at first, but that is just because he was so fussy I would try anything that was recommended, then was afraid to stop because he was better. Yes, it did take two weeks for the dairy free diet to completely work(started at 6 weeks), but with all of the benefits of BF, isn't it worth it? My whole family has horrible allergies and asthma and I want to help prevent that it in him. He also had colic and reflux and when we supplemented with soy formula it made no difference. She asked me how long I plan to BF and I said a year at least, which got a huge eye-roll.
I am pretty proud of myself that I have stuck with BF this long- I had some complications after he was born and was extremely anemic for a while, and the whole no dairy diet is kind of a pain. She made me feel like a piece of crap. I am sure my cloth diapers would get an annoyed eye-roll too. Sorry this was so long, just needed to vent and get some love! Thanks, Marci