No, I'm not kidding. My personal belief is that if you are lugging around 20 pounds of boobage for 10-15 years waiting for the magic moment when you can slap a kid on there, I don't think it's worth all the back pain and strain. And there's no guarantee you'd be able to breastfeed after all that time and trouble anyway. With baby #1, I could not get her to stay on the boob and she was even lazy on the bottle (just lollying it around in her mouth), I couldn't figure it out. I found out later that because I was given morphine while I was in labor, she had a delayed sucking reflex and it wasn't anything I had done wrong. So with #2 I tried again. Success! However, they don't tell you that with every baby after #1, breastfeeding becomes more and more painful in the ABDOMEN. Yes, I would grab onto the arm of the chair and grit my teeth in abdominal pain while she'd feed, since the uterine contractions brought on by the breastfeeding were incredible. I stuck to it anyway, and in the middle of month 2 I was put on a medication that meant I had to stop breastfeeding immediately.
I'm a 36B. If I had lugged around two boulders for the SOLE PURPOSE OF BREASTFEEDING, I would have been very disappointed indeed. And my girls are now 12 and 10, one bottle fed and one breastfed. They are both healthy and thriving.
And another thing... it's not selfish to end years of back pain and strain at the expense of a little breast milk. I cannot stand women who judge other women like they're all high and mighty. If women were a little more supportive of each other instead of putting them down to make themselves feel better, we'd all be a lot better off.
By the way, I'm sure there are a lot of moms out there who quit breastfeeding when their kids turned 6 mos who are looking at you with your kid running up to you, lifting your shirt and helping himself, and making some pretty rash judgments of their own. Judge not, lest ye be judged.
You're entitled to your personal beliefs. But you don't know what you're talking about in this case and in fact have been quite judgemental towards the OP from your first post on this thread.
First, you suggested she get breast reduction as if you were shocked that anyone
with that size endowment wouldn't. That was before she said she had even considered it. And when the OP gave her reason -- a very personal and reasonable one -- you treated her like she's an idiot for even valuing the possible future functionality of her breasts. You put her down. You weren't supportive; you were determined to judge her.
Second, at a 36B, you've never lugged around "boulders" (how big they got when you were pregnant is irrelevant). You're just assuming that doing so for X number of years (perhaps not even as many as 10 - 15) is an unpleasant prospect to the OP. She hasn't complained about that aspect and in fact enjoys the back rubs her husband gives her. Who are you to suggest that her values are wrong because at some point she might do damage to her back? Are you her doctor or chiropractor?
Third, you haven't nursed to "booby-biters" for six months yet you suggested that you did to lend credibility to your judgement of the OP. I will make no judgements about the pain you did endure when nursing but I know you never felt a baby with teeth actually bite you, as I have. And I can compare that to the pain I experienced nursing when she was 0 - 3 months old. How much it hurt doesn't matter because everyone experiences pain differently; the most either of us could say is that yes, indeed, it did hurt quite a bit. But because I value breastfeeding, I chose to stick with it.
I value breastfeeding for many reasons that need not be enumerated here -- the OP already values it and I don't need to convince you. But you should realize, twarga, that it is not in any way supportive of a woman to tell her that breastfeeding is "highly over-rated." I'm glad your children are healthy and thriving; so is my daughter. That is what any mother wants. And frankly, I don't care how other people may judge me for continuing to nurse her at one year old. I don't care about what other people may say or how they look at me when I nurse her in public. (Gasp!) But I'm not going to put down the OP for her choices or offer her "advice" she's not looking for. I'll leave that to you, because clearly you're making the world a better place with that kind of "high and mighty" advice-giving. Keep up the good work!