I’ve been meaning to write this post for a long time, but I guess I would let other things distract me. I really think it’s important for me to document things like this because I would love to come back and read in the future if there are more babies (not yet, people!).
Kennedy and I finished our breastfeeding journey a little over a month ago. She was 13 and a half months. We made it 13 and a half months! We made it with zero problems.
I wasn’t sure how long I wanted to nurse Kennedy, but I knew I wanted to make it past her first birthday. Her first birthday came and gone and she was still nursing about twice a day. Over the Christmas break, I stopped pumping after she went to bed. We started giving her cow’s milk. This little girl is a busy bee and is a hungry little girl, as well. My schedule was about to get busy again after the new semester started, with play rehearsal and all. I stopped pumping during the school day. I figured if I sent her to school with cow’s milk and then nursed her at some point during the day a couple of times before she went to bed was probably okay so she wouldn’t get upset or have any episodes.
Let me tell you, this whole weaning experience has been the easiest thing ever, and so totally unexpected. We were down to one nursing session for a while, and then a day came where I thought “Hmm… she didn’t nurse today.” And then the next day. And the next.
No crazy engorged boobs. No whining child. No “process.” It just happened.
I refuse to say that our breastfeeding journey is “over”, rather, that it is complete. I was able to give her what she needed for over a year. I know my whole experience has been this whole picturesque thing. I mean, we had zero problems. I would have been thankful no matter what issues would have arisen, but I’m thankful we have had such a smooth ride.
IMPORTANT THINGS I’VE TAKEN AWAY FROM BREASTFEEDING:
- It’s an individual experience that is so completely different from one mother and baby to the next. You know your baby the best and you know what’s right.
- Be consistent but don’t get caught up in numbers and ounces.
- Advice from others is great and so is research from the internet, but don’t let it consume you.
- You are doing it right.
- Nurse laying down.
- It’s okay to accidentally fall asleep during those night feedings whilst nursing laying down. And it’s okay to wake back up three hours later to but the baby back into the crib/bassinet.
- Follow your gut. You are never wrong and never a bad mother for doing what you need to do.
Mommies, what important things have you learned from breastfeeding? Do share in the comments!