Wife, Mummy, Nurse: Weaning {#BFBlogHop}

04 October 2012

Weaning {#BFBlogHop}



Back in July, I wrote about my reasons on why I breastfeed my toddler.  Little did I know that within five days after writing that, she weaned herself.  It's bittersweet.  My baby girl is growing up.

The closest model we "followed" was child led weaning.  We did this because this is what worked best for us.  Since Drew works 50-60 hours/week, I was not wanting to be a struggle.  I also wanted my daughter to know that I was there for her.

I nursed her from August 18, 2010-July 17, 2012.  699 days; we almost made it to 700.  I did not force her to wean.  In fact, the last six weeks, I have suspected she was getting closer to weaning.  She no longer wanted me to breastfeed her every single night.  There were nights, I tried, but she refused.  Other nights, she only nursed right before bed, but did not want nursed in the morning.  She would often only stay on for less than 5 seconds at other times.  So, it did not come as a surprise.  Thankfully, I did not have too much discomfort-very little engorgement.  There were not any struggles.  It was rather peaceful.  Instead of wanting to be nursed before bed, I would sing with her a bit longer.

Have you weaned any children?  If so, how did it go?

2 comments:

  1. I'm so glad it was a peaceful experience. 23 months that is great!

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  2. Good job. That is wonderful for you and your daughter that you breastfed her for the time you did. It should make you feel good that the transition was a smooth one.

    With our kids both times were pretty smooth. With #1 he was about 18ish month when I was becoming dehydrated due to severe morning sickness. Things just sort of dried up and he realized there wasn't much to drink and lost interest. It was kind of sad for me because I felt like it just ended so quickly. He took it better than me, or so it seemed.

    With #2, it was nearly the same story as you. We also went about the same amount of time, too. It went well and she just moved on.

    Interestingly, though, neither of my kids really drinks cows milk. They loved the breastmilk when they were nurslings but they don't seem to have acquired a taste for cow's milk. We do a lot of cheese and yogurt to get calcium. They are growing well.

    My kids feel like such big kids now - not nursing and not wearing diapers. You'll feel really sentimental when Charis reaches this point.

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