Exclusively breastfeeding has been quite the journey for me. There was a lot to learn, and there were plenty of times when I considered quitting. Keeping up with the constant demand from my baby can be draining. Physically and mentally. And now we are starting to wean from breastfeeding.
My goal the entire time has been- breastfeed for 1 year. Closing in on that goal, I must say I am so proud of what I have accomplished.
I developed such a special bond with my baby.
The list goes on. Breastfeeding has taught me so much more than I ever expected. I am at the point now where I have been weaning from breastfeeding and pumping. My baby has been eating a lot more solid foods, and the frequency of breastfeeding has dwindled. She will take 3-4 milk feedings (whether from a bottle or breast). And that’s it.
It’s funny how in the beginning of this journey, breastfeeding and pumping was something so foreign. Something new. Something I have never done before. But I embraced the challenge. It became part of my life. And now that is changing.
But I’m not sad about it.
Weaning From Breastfeeding
Don’t get me wrong here- I do miss some things about it all. I miss my baby being so little. I miss all of the middle of the night snuggles. I miss the comfort in knowing I was giving my baby the very best nutrition. I miss knowing, if nothing else, at least I was doing something right. I miss a lot of things about breastfeeding and pumping around the clock. But I am SO excited to get back to “normal”.
I forgot what it is like to not have to think about how “accessible” my shirt is. I forgot what it feels like to not have to constantly be thinking about how much milk I have in the fridge and freezer. I haven’t gone 1 day in the past 11 months without stressing about pumping enough, or being home in time to pump, etc.
I am SO excited to start this new chapter.
Ending breastfeeding doesn’t have to be sad.
It is actually a really happy thing because it means your baby is growing. Your baby is becoming independent. Your baby is healthy, strong and able to move on to the next adventure! I am SO excited for the day of work when I don’t have to lug my oversized bag with all of my pumping stuff. And you know what else? I am going to have that vodka seltzer (or two) without having to have regard for when I need to pump.
How We Are Weaning
Weaning from breastfeeding and pumping has been a gradual occurrence over the past few months. Interestingly enough it has been completely baby led. Our babies are REALLY smart. Their intuition is something you should not overlook. Yes, they are brand new little beings, but following my baby’s cues and being sensitive to her needs is all I have done.
We started off this breastfeeding journey with on-demand feeding. This is to feed whenever baby gives hunger cues. No schedules. It is the best way to do it if you ask me. Then gradually my baby started to develop a routine. Isn’t that something? Don’t stress about making a concrete routine for your baby. They will get there! When your baby is developmentally ready, they will get there.
The middle of the night feedings became a rare occurrence once my baby started to take solid foods around 6 months old. This took getting used to. But let me tell you…
You get used to it quickly!!!
The first time your baby sleeps through the night without a single feeding, it is like God shined a light upon you in the morning. The feeling of rejuvenation is unreal. Sure, I felt a little sad I guess you could say because my baby was growing up and didn’t need me in that way anymore. But I got over that quickly. What can I say, I appreciate sleep!
When my baby started having less frequent feedings, I still had to pump to maintain my milk supply. The scene would be: me feeding her breakfast, feeding myself, and pumping at the same time. It was challenging, but again- you figure it out. You make it work.
Now that we are coming close to her first birthday, I really don’t need to pump milk to save in the freezer anymore. All that hard work is behind me. Now, I just pump when I need relief. When my baby hasn’t fed directly from the tap. Are you following me?
It’s all bittersweet.
Your life changes in a million different ways once your baby is born. And it continues to change in a hundred different directions for the rest of their lives, I am fairly certain. Breastfeeding became my new normal once I had my baby. Pumping was always in the back of my mind. You wouldn’t find me far from my trusty Spectra. But…
I am ready to leave that behind us now.
We are ready for our next adventure!
Tell me about your breastfeeding journey! How was your weaning process??
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