This week's Breastfeeding Blog Hop topic is "Body Changes" associated with breastfeeding. For me, there have only been a few significant changes, but I think there will be more to come with weaning.
First was the weight loss. I was ASTONISHED at how quickly I lost my pregnancy weight, and then some. I gained 40 pounds during my pregnancy, and I've lost 60 pounds since little miss was born. I was back at my pre-pregnancy weight by the time Evie was 3 months old, and I lost the last 20 pounds by the time she was 6 months. I didn't do much other than breast feed. I went on a lot of walks on my maternity leave, and I also had to cut out dairy because of her milk allergy, but I wasn't actively trying to lose the weight. Selfishly, I am nervous that I will gain it all back when I wean her, but I know that there are worse things that could happen. And to be honest, I wasn't really unhappy with my pre-pregnancy weight.
I was very fortunate that AF didn't show her ugly face for quite a while. I didn't get my first postpartum period until Evie was 8 months old. I didn't miss it AT ALL!! Now, every time she shows up my supply tanks. She also has this really annoying habit of being COMPLETELY unpredictable.
I had a hard time in the beginning adjusting to the idea that my body was not mine. Obviously, I experienced this while pregnant too, but for some reason, it felt more noticeable when I began breastfeeding. I think it was the idea of having another human, that I could actually see, latched to me practically 24/7. Now that I'm beginning to wean, I am almost nostalgic for that time...Thanks, momnesia! LOL.
Lastly is the boobies. I was never an incredibly well endowed chica to start off, but as I'm beginning to cut down on feedings, I feel like the girls are shrinking by the day. I know that some of this probably has to do with the weight loss too, but I'm getting a little worried. I was a respectable B cup before, and I don't think that those bras are going to fit anymore. I have joked (really joking, I would never actually do this) to M that we could use the money we saved breastfeeding so that I can get a boob job when I'm done. Of course, he hasn't said anything about it, one way or the other. ;)
Overall, most of the body changes that I have had due to breastfeeding have been positive, and I would never give up breastfeeding just to prevent the few negative changes.