My youngest is sort of 20 months outdated and it’s time: Our breastfeeding journey will quickly be coming to an finish.
In my expertise, weaning isn’t simple, however I have a feeling this time will likely be further arduous. My two older youngsters have been weaned by 15 months, so this entire 20-month enterprise is totally new territory for me. It doesn’t assist, both, that out of my three youngsters, my youngest is by far probably the most boob-obsessed, Lately, I had returned residence after being away for a few hours. It was bedtime, and once I walked into the lounge, my girlie’s eyes lit up, she began prancing round and chanted,”Boo-bie, boo-bie, boo-bie!”
Screw mama. She was thrilled to lastly be reunited together with her boobie. Yeah. So I’m kinda dreading the weaning course of this time round. However right here’s how I’m tackling it:
Over the previous couple of months, I’ve been steadily reducing again on the variety of daytime feedings. As a substitute of nursing her on demand, I’ve tried to restrict breastfeeding to nap time and bedtime. This has entailed distracting her when she’s appearing like needs to nurse. Admittedly, my breasts took a little bit to regulate their provide (and it was uncomfortable at first,) however now it’s fantastic. Which brings me to …
It’s time to reduce one other feeding. For us, which means nixing the boob session proper earlier than her afternoon nap. Once more, for us it’s a matter of distraction. (And generally, driving round within the automobile for her to go to sleep.) I’ve additionally discovered that a lovey with music (for us, a Gloworm that lights up and performs lullabies) may also help begin a new, enjoyable sleep-time routine. It’s nonetheless fairly un-fun, although.
Now comes the worst a part of mother-led weaning: When my girlie is prepared for mattress and chanting, “boo-bie, boo-bie,” I inform her, “Sorry honey, boobie is allllll gone! No extra milk.” Cue: Toddler bursts into tears and throws an epic tantrum. I cuddle her shut. It’s so arduous not to give in and supply her with prompt consolation within the type of a boob in her mouth. She tries lifting my shirt. I gently transfer her hand and canopy myself up once more. “No extra boobies, sweetie.” Professional tip: Don’t give in after virtually a complete day with out nursing. It solely makes it more durable to strive once more. (Responsible.)
Loads of mothers select to breastfeed till age 2 and later. And that’s fully fantastic; I’m simply prepared to be carried out. The need for a fourth little one performs into my motives as effectively. And for my physique, which means weaning. It’s a bittersweet time, for certain. Nevertheless it’s time. Want me luck as we embark on part three …
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