Re: needing support and advice
They're the ones who should feel weird, not you! Nursing 2X a day at 6 months is NOT ENOUGH. It's not enough at 1 year. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, breastmilk should be a baby's primary food until the first birthday, and that means a bare minimum of 6 nursing sessions a day.
Every other mother I know got their baby down to just morning and night feeds from about six months!!!
And it's not like a baby goes from needing only mama's milk to needing no mama's milk at all in one day: even after the first birthday, breastmilk makes up a really important part of a baby's diet and the transition from a mostly-milk to a mostly-solids diet is naturally a gradual one.
Don't feel annoyed at yourself. It can be really hard to shrug off the feelings that come when everyone around you is looking at you like you're the one doing something wrong. But you're NOT doing anything wrong- on the contrary, you are being an incredibly good and giving mom!
I am also starting to feel more self conscious about it, sometimes I feel like i have to make excuses for her if she asks to nurse a lot in public. I am annoyed at myself for doing this!!!
You're NOT spoiling your baby. You're building an incredible foundation of trust: she knows that when she needs something, you're going to be there to give it to her
It is pretty unlikely, but not impossible. You ovulate before you get your first period, so you could be pregnant already for all you know! If you want to increase your chances of getting your fertility back, reducing the night feedings may be the best way to go about it. My period came back at 15.5 months postpartum, which was several months after I had cut DD back to 1 nursing session a night (due to my selfish need for sleep), and also right around the time she started eating a lot of solid foods.
Also I would really like to get pregnant again and my understanding is that this is pretty unlikely as she is still nursing frequently day and night. I have not had my period back yet.
You also might want to get a copy of Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler. It's a really great guide to everything about your reproductive system that you never learned in health class, and it has sections specifically aimed at breastfeeding moms and at women who want to become pregnant.
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