I can’t believe I am writing this post. Why you ask? Because it means I am nearing the end of what I once thought was an indefinite period of time: the year of breastfeeding. It also means that my sweet little baby is a mere 10 days from being 1. In a year she has gone from this …
To this …
When I was pregnant I knew that I wanted to breastfeed my baby for as long as possible with one year being my goal. In those early days where you feel more like a milk cow than a mom a year can seem like SUCH a long time. In hindsight, it was a blink. To breastfeed or not, as well as how long to do it, is a deeply personal choice for moms. I am VERY proud of myself for (almost) exclusively breastfeeding Emmie for her first year of life. I have to admit that my experience with breastfeeding has been very easy. Emmie latched on right away in the hospital and our nursing relationship established itself really quickly. My nipples never chapped and it honestly never hurt. I also rarely dealt with engorgement and my supply has always been steady.
I have to admit that I haven’t done a lot of research or really inquired too much to my friends about weaning Like much of my parenting style I figured we would just go with whatever felt natural and right for us at the time it felt good to do so.
Why do I think the time is now?
- Emmie is too busy during the day to care about nursing
- She never asks to eat
- She chows down at all her meals and has an afternoon snack to boot
So last week we started weaning from breast-feeding. The first nursing session was her post-morning nap one. Instead, she gets a sippy of cow’s milk with lunch. Yes it’s 3 weeks early … I got permission 😉 The good news? She LOVES cow’s milk. Next week I plan on cutting another nursing session so we are down to 2 a day … first thing in the morning and before bed.
This is where things get iffy for me. I am happy to continue these 2 nursing sessions for as long as Emmalyne wants. I do not intend to be breastfeeding a 2 year old and in all actuality we could be fully weaned by November. I am kind of just going with the flow and flying by the seat of my pants on this one.
My emotions about weaning from breastfeeding are multifaceted.
- I am thankful that my body enabled me to reach my goal of nursing for one year.
- I am sad that this period of Emmalyne’s and my relationship is coming to a close.
- I am excited to finally TRULY have my body back to myself.
How did you wean your baby? Any advice?
**Many of you expressed interest in my sausage and mushroom packets. I will have the recipe up on the blog next week 🙂