Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Weaning

Pearl has been fully weaned from breast feeding.
My goal was to make it at least a year.  I'm really glad that it worked out for us and we were able to continue a little past my goal marker.  I was expecting to keep feeding her once a day in the mornings for at least a couple more months, but Pearl had other ideas.  I'm not sure if I wasn't producing enough to satisfy her or if she just wanted a bottle instead, but our morning feedings (the only feeding I was still hanging onto) officially ended on Friday.  She was increasingly less satisfied during that feeding and would only try to eat for a few minutes before getting upset.  That was just so unlike her.  She is usually so happy in the morning.
Although I was planning to continue that feeding a bit longer, I'm glad we started the weaning process a couple of months ago by switching the bedtime feeding to whole milk.  I think a slow and gradual weaning process is definitely the way to go.  I haven't had any pain or issues at all.  I have heard so many horror stories about the discomfort friends have felt after quitting cold turkey.
To be honest, I have been a bit sad in the morning when I have to make her a bottle.  I loved the morning feeding because it was so convenient and a chance to get in a few morning cuddles with my little girl.  A year ago, I felt like breast feeding was one of the most frustrating things I have ever done.  I hated it and was just counting down the days until I could be done with it.  It's funny how time (and practice) changes the way you feel about certain things.  I really do feel blessed that I was able to do that for my daughter as I know it doesn't work out for everyone.
Maybe after this experience, I will complain a little less about breast feeding when our next child comes along.  I hope Jeremy doesn't hold me to that though.  I'm pretty good at complaining.
-Kira

10 comments:

  1. Way to go on making it a year! That is a huge accomplishment! That "only eating a couple minutes before getting upset" is what Holden was famous for and what eventually led to our demise. I am so hoping it goes better this time around.

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  2. GOod for you for making it that far. That's amazing. I have many regrets about our breastfeeding failures, and hope that the next time around, whenever that is, will be more successful.
    I love this picture too, Pearl just looks so baby-ish and cuddly. So sweet. xoxo

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  3. She is sooo beautiful!!! I love this picture of you two...

    I'm not a mom so I've never breast fed, but I'm sure it would be a big step to suddenly not have to! I guess in a way it made it easy that she decided when she was ready to stop breast feeding?

    <3 Denise

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  4. I made it to 13 months with Ellie, and she self weaned as well. Although I was so upset, it didn't seem to phase her one bit once she decided she was done, and in hindsight, I am SO glad she self weaned so I didn't have to consider weaning her myself!
    ♥ Kyna

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  5. Oh, Kira, I know what you mean! We are getting close to starting that process. I've been offering her cow's milk for her midday feed and she pushes it away like she does with water when she's not thirsty and then nurses 2 seconds later. I think it's more about the ritual than actual thirst. I'm betting it will drop when she drops to one nap. Then we'll drop bedtime then drop morning. I hear gradual is definitely the way to go. I'll be so sad when it's over though! SOOO different from a year ago!

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  6. Oh, Kira, I know what you mean! We are getting close to starting that process. I've been offering her cow's milk for her midday feed and she pushes it away like she does with water when she's not thirsty and then nurses 2 seconds later. I think it's more about the ritual than actual thirst. I'm betting it will drop when she drops to one nap. Then we'll drop bedtime then drop morning. I hear gradual is definitely the way to go. I'll be so sad when it's over though! SOOO different from a year ago!

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  7. Blake did the same but we didn't make it quite the year. Nursing has seemed way easier the second time around! I'll actually nurse in a more public area (with a cover) and I never did that with Blake. Hopefully the same will happen (in the beginning) for you when your second comes around!

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  8. congrats on making it a year! I hope to do that as well, nice to know one day I will enjoy that time with Lexi instead of feeling like it is such an obligation.

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  9. Ahh... so sweet. I feel the same with my experience. :)

    And, slowly weaning was DEF the way to go!

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  10. So happy it worked out so well for you and your sweer baby girl :)
    I love nursing my son and the strong bond we have made from those early morning cuddles/nursing sessions.

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