I set a one year breastfeeding goal before Lia was born. I knew I had to stick with it for that year. Here we are less than 2 weeks before she turns ONE! I am less than 2 weeks from meeting my goal & I have such mixed feelings. I had no idea whether to stop or not or how to begin.
The decision to wean did not come easy. The bond I have with Lia because of breastfeeding is so beautiful I was extremely afraid of it going away. However, I realized it won’t happen. Just how everyone else has developed their own bond I can too.
Weaning started almost a week ago. After much research online & asking my friends for their advice I finally felt ready to begin the weaning process.
Everything I read spoke on the importance of gradually weaning, for both mom and baby. Cold turkey weaning could be traumatizing for your baby and extremely painful for mamas. Gradual weaning it is then right? Although it was a better option for me I had no idea where to start. Lia would nurse at 430am, 7am, 10-11am, 3pm, 6pm, and right before bed at 730pm. So I began to cut them down.
The first session I took away was the 7am. When she woke up for the day I began to offer her food. I have a snack ready for her right when she wakes up and then she has breakfast with us around 8am. I did the same thing with the 3pm one & 6pm. This was usually a nursing right after she woke from a nap. The 6pm was substituted for her dinner meal. So after one week I am down to only 3 nursing times per day.
What I Learned
- Lia loves food
- It takes a lot of patience & persistence
- It is much more work to make sure she is eating balanced meals than before
- Different ways to comfort Lia
- I need breastpads again
- It is painful
The most difficult struggle has been trying to transition Lia to drinking whole milk. She does not like it. The first day I gave it to her and called it “leche” she gave me a funny look and rejected it. The times after that she would taste it and open her mouth letting it all fall out. We tried almond milk and that does not seem to be a hit either!
I brought out some of my older comfort gear for this process. It is painful just like the beginning. However, progress is great & I plan to stick it through!
If you have any tips on how to make this easier please share in comments I would love to hear your stories!!!
Shop some of my favorite comfort items & my go-to snacks for this transition