Hello, my name is Annie. I have two children - aged 3.5 and 18 months.
I breastfed my first until she was 17 months old, and she self weaned pretty much, and I was 2 months pregnant with her brother at this time. I went on to nurse him until he was 16 months, having stopped at the start of February past. Again he pretty much self weaned. It was a child led, gradual process both times.
With both children, I was ready to wean, and have not been conscious of feeling a loss of the nursing relationship - in both cases I felt 100% happy that it was the right time for us to wean.
However, lately I have been feeling dreadful. My self confidence has taken a real hit, I feel very insecure about many things, I cry very easily and frequently.
I have never before suffered from depression - but these days I feel 'blue' all the time. I also feel at times as if I have the worst case of PMS going. My skin is also terrible - I have multiple breakouts on my face, again not something I have ever dealt with, not even as a teenager, and I am very self conscious about my face as a result.
I have been trying to figure all of this out, and have been asking myself what could possibly cause me to feel this way. Then I figured for a period of 4 years I was either pregnant or breastfeeding, and now my body is not dealing with either of those things and I'm wondering if what I'm feeling is a result of my body trying to balance hormones out to 'normal' non-pregnant, non nursing levels?
I guess I am just wondering if anyone else has experienced this kind of thing after weaning completely? Or if I'm just quietly going a little bit nuts here?