I have a 16 month old awesome baby boy that I have been breastfeeding. I just recently had to be put on a certain medication that require I stop abruptly. I am feeling very guilty and I don't know why. He is my youngest out of 4 boys and he is the last child I am going to have. Is this normal to feel guilty?


Kimberly - posted on 12/02/2011




You feed for 16 months!!!!!! Thats no small amount good one you!! I feed for 18 months and I had to stop fully b/fing and even though it was mainly my choice I still felt guilty but like you I had to go on meds and just wasnt allowed to feed on them. Its harder I think when it has to stop suddenly as you dont have time to adjust to the thought before stopping but you have done a great job and should be proud of yourself


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Bonnie - posted on 12/02/2011




It's normal to feel guilty, but at the same time you have done really well until now and your son will benefit from that. It will be better for him if you stop though with the meds being in your system.

Katherine - posted on 12/02/2011




I felt so guilty when I had to stop BF'ing. It's very normal. Have you checked kellymom.com just to be sure?

I was told the meds I was taking I couldn't BF on and it turned out I could. And I found that out from kellymom. They are a GREAT resource.

Don't beat yourself up. I so know how you feel.

ETA: I cried and cried when I found out I didn't have to stop. May I ask what you're on?

Kelina - posted on 12/02/2011




is it a medication that is temporary or long term? could you pump and dump while on it? It's normal to feel sad when you stop nursing and pretty normal to feel guilty if you weren't able to do it on their terms or as long as you would have liked. eventually it gets less and less.

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