|Curiously strong peppermints to naturally decrease supply|
I had been pumped for 14 months, two months longer than I had thought to go before stopping. I had been given advice such as:
- “You’d better start your baby on formula soon so he could get used to the taste and you could stop breastfeeding.”
- “Your baby’s so skinny—your milk must not be nutritious enough.”
- “You’re so skinny—you’re giving away all your nutrition. Why not try formula so you could pump/feed less and gain some weight.”
- You’d better quit night-nursing or else your baby will never sleep straight through without expecting to be fed.”
Some days, I wish I were still nursing him, to have such a natural and sure-proof method to soothe away his fevers, pains, and distress. Some days, I long for the time when he was still a baby that fit comfortably in the crook of my arm, those lazy summer afternoons when I was still on maternity leave, when my life was regulated by his internal clock and not the one on the wall that dictated schedules and deadlines to adhere to. Some days, I miss the gentle tug of his suckling as we nestled together in bed, lulled to sleep by the magic that accompanies a beautiful and complete nursing session. I miss the way he looked up intently at me as he nursed, curiously exploring the terrain of my face with his hands, or lovingly stroking my belly as he filled his, or how he’d pull away from the breast with a few last suckling motions long after he drifted off into a satisfied slumber.