Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Working Towards Weaning

I remember how much I worried if I would be able to succeed at breastfeeding Arya.  I would read books and fret to my husband at night.  Once she came, I wasn't sure if I would make it through the cracked, sore, bleeding nipples, the painful latch, and the marathon cluster feeds before bed.  But things got easier and by 3 months things were downright easy.  I made my first goal of 6 months and decided that things were going so well I would push for the year.

Well a year came and went and I'm halfway between I need to stop nursing right this minute because I need my body back now now now! and I'll just let her naturally wean because she loves it and so do I.  

Depends on the day...or the night.

So I started googling "gentle weaning" "ways to wean"  "weaning your one year old".  I've decided that I'm not going to stop cold turkey.  I know she's one but she's still so little and she really is such a little nursling.  But I'm going to try to cut back a bit.  I'd like it if we could just nurse in the morning, before naps, and at bedtime, instead of all those snackies during the day and then gradually drop a feeding.  She takes cow's milk during the day while I'm working like a champ and I just recently dropped my lunch time pumping session.

So we're working towards weaning.  My hope is that by the time the summer ends she'll be done.  I'm cautiously hopeful because she uses nursing as a way to connect to me and she pretty much tries to get in my shirt whenever she wants to nurse.  I'm hoping that since I'm at home in the summer she'll feel connected enough to me where she won't want to nurse all the time.

We'll see how it goes.  I'm really trying not to worry or plan it out too much, I'd like to let it happen organically I just don't want to be nursing a two year old next summer.


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