It’s not because I “want my body back”.
It’s not because the little guy will supposedly start STTN once he’s weaned.
It’s not because I’m eager to stop watching what I eat.
It’s not because others feel that I’ve already been at it for too long.
I simply feel like it is the right time.
At first, I had planned to go for six months and then wean. However, at the 6 month mark, I was nowhere near ready. Nursing was going great, it was practical and there was just no way I felt like it was a good idea to wean.
Then, I had planned to stop at 9 months, because I knew that I would be away for my son for 4 days. Except, I couldn’t do it. I pumped and pumped and pumped like mad to try to get enough milk out for him for when I was gone and felt comfort in the fact that I would be able to put him to my breast when I returned from my trip to New York.
After that, I started to wonder whether I should wean once I returned to work. Pumping became real old, real fast and I wasn’t sure about the logistics of returning to work and continuing to nurse. However, again, I was not ready.
But now, a few days shy of my son’s first birthday, I feel ready. To be honest, I think he’s rather ready too. I mean, for the past two months he has never once asked to be nursed. I was always the one to initiate. He’s down to nursing three times, when he wakes up, before his bath and during one of his night wakings (when he has more than one NW, he’s only nursed once).
I’m planning on doing this gradually, starting by taking away his evening nursing session (seeing as he’s already getting a bottle two nights per week while I work). Then, after a week, I’m planning on taking away his night feeding. For this, I’ll be requesting the help of my partner who’ll be getting up to calm the little man down if and when he wakes up. Then, on the third week, I’m planning on removing the morning nursing session.
I don’t know how well this plan will work, or even if it is a good idea, but it feels as though it’ll be easier on my body and on him to wean him over the span of 3 weeks to a month.
I would love to have some insight from experienced mamas! How did you approach weaning?
- To Wean or Not To Wean (lilhoneydreams.com)
- The Top Five Things I Love About Weaning (gameofdiapers.com)
- I Was a Smug Breastfeeding Mom (mommyhoodactivated.wordpress.com)