Weaning Story

Weaning Story

Our weaning story begins at the beginning of our breastfeeding journey. 

I gave birth to my daughter in the Philippines, and received much assistance from the nurses during our stay at the hospital. When we returned to our little apartment in Abuyog, there were many tears, lots of pain, and the dreaded mastitis. 

It was rough, but I don’t think any new mothers’ breastfeeding beginning is easy.

I never really had a goal of how long I wanted to breastfeed. I figured until she or I wanted to stop. One year passed, and it was so convenient to nurse her to sleep and give instant comfort. 

Another year passed, and we naturally nursed less. Then it was 2 years, 2 months, and 2 weeks, and I just felt like it was time for me. 

Unfortunately I got negative feedback from a family member, saying it was too soon. Luckily, my best friend was there to provide support and love for our decision. 

I did feel mom guilt, because it was more for me than my daughter. Of course she wanted to keep nursing. I started slow with dropping a nursing session each week, so it wasn’t a sudden change. Yes, she was unhappy at times and said she wanted “nursey”. It took much snuggling in the rocking chair, walks during nap time to fall asleep, the carrying wrap was busted out again to carry her on my back, and some lollipops, pacifier or bottle. Basically throughout the whole few week process I pulled out any and all the tricks I had up my sleeve to give her comfort and security.

Now that we are on the other side, I am still confident in my decision to wean her now, because I know that I have to also do what’s best for me to be able to show up 100% for my daughter. Her temporary grumpiness is gone, and she now just asks for snuggles instead of nursing when she needs reassurance. 

What about you? What was your experience with weaning? 

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