Tracy - posted on 09/14/2010 ( 38 moms have responded )
I'm Tracy and I'm new to this community. I'm glad I found Circle of Moms. I have been breastfeeding my daughter exclusively since birth (she is 5 months old), and plan to continue as long as possible. We have overcome a lot of challenges in our breastfeeding experience including a breast biopsy at 3 weeks postpartum, latching issues, thrush (twice), food intolerances/allergies (multiple), and others. I feel GREAT about making it this far with exclusive breastfeeding, and I just had a couple of questions for you other moms in the community.
Does anyone else find that you are experiecing negative feelings about your body as a nursing mom? I saw a couple of recent posts about moms being discouraged because they weren't able to lose weight while nursing. I guess I was always slimmer than average before becoming pregnant, and I too have found that my body seems to want to keep a few extra pounds on while I'm nursing. I don't mean to start a conversation with a negative tone, but I guess I'm asking for support. I don't plan to discontinue nursing for any reason (unless a medical reason arises), so I wouldn't quit just to lose a few pounds, but I feel like I don't recognize my body.
Does anyone have suggestions for how to have a more positive view of my body? I know I'm doing something important by providing nourishment for my baby, but sometimes I feel like I'm in a stranger's body. I thought maybe someone else could relate.