1) I can't quite articulate why, but it's like a giant weight has lifted, simply because I have work for which I receive both respect and money. My education is actually useful for something! I can stop worrying that I'll never work again! (I still worry that I may end up adjuncting for almost-forever. Still.)
2) Someone asked if I was planning on going to the local LLL meeting, like, ever. Errrrrrgh. I tried to tactfully explain that, in fact, I had some serious medical problems last time, and treating them led to permanent serious medical problems. And that a doctor/lactation consultant, whose specialty is serious medical problems in breastfeeding, told me that I both could and should stop. Also that I don't want well-meaning people running through "Did you try heat? How about probiotics? Pumping? Fenugreek? ECHINACEA?" I tried all of those for which there was any evidence whatsoever, I ended up really, really sick as a result of not weaning my child, which in retrospect was the correct choice; too late now - and I have NO INTENTION of going through that again. When I say that if I get mastitis even once, I'm done, this is based on years of painful experiences and consultation with three specialist MDs and every piece of scientific literature ever published on the subject. And I don't want to try echinacea/ acupuncture/ traditional Chinese medicine/ homeopathy/ whatever. NO.
(Yes, I get a little annoyed about this one.)