Saturday, August 18, 2012

Weaned

It has been exactly four weeks since Caden last nursed. I thought it would never end! As much as I loved breastfeeding him, I was ready for it to end. When your milk dries up and your kid has teeth, nursing doesn't feel good anymore. I'm glad we made it as long as we did, though--nearly two years.

The weaning journey wasn't easy. The hardest was going from three times a day to 2. During our two-week vacation back east, Caden was so busy and distracted that he only nursed once, if that. So when we got home, I tried to keep him distracted and busy. Then I told him no when he asked for it and gave him cow's milk instead. The first two weeks he kept asking for it and would get frustrated when I gave him regular milk instead. Then over the next two weeks he forgot about it.

But last night while he was sitting in my lap facing me, he grabbed my shirt and looked down. He kept staring at my chest intently, and then it clicked, and he signed milk. "You want to drink some milk?" I asked him, pointing to the fridge.

"No," he answered, pointing to my chest.

"There's no more milk there," I replied. "All gone."

And that was it. No tantrum or frustration or asking again. I knew then he was truly weaned.

4 comments:

Alexandra said...

That's great that it went smoothly. I really commend you for nursing him for almost two years, that's fantastic! I'm already struggling to produce and my baby is only 10 months, it makes me a little sad.

Francesca said...

Not everything went smoothly. It really affected his sleep even though he hadn't nursed to sleep since he was 9 months old. And he was super clingy for a while. But overall, it wasn't bad.

I'm sorry about your milk supply going down. I know there's lots of things you can do to try to increase it, which I'm sure you've tried. How is your baby handling it?

DAD said...

you did a good job nursing him. I remember a little girl who loved it for 2 yrs too-DAD

Mrs. Sanchez said...

Congrats Cheski!

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