Camille is currently 15 months. Some may say it’s way overdue, others argue it’s too soon. To each his own. If you’ve been reading the blog for a while you know my feelings about formula and pumping. Nursing was another story. It went smoother than I assumed it would and I handled my emotions better than I anticipated.
Camille has not nursed since January 6th, 2017. I know it’s only been a week but I’m so proud of her (and myself) and could not wait to share. I’ve been on the fence about weaning for about 6 months. I know, I spent a lot of time on the fence. She is forever teething and I never want to feel like I’m throwing too much at her at once. I asked her pediatrician at the 9 month check up and she told me to take it slow, so I did.
After sleep training was completely done I began to taper off the feedings. I started with the morning session. It went pretty good. I had to make sure I entered the room with milk in hand or there was gonna be a problem. After about a week she was used to it and looked for the cup instead of expecting to nurse. Since I work during the day she’s already used to drinking from her cup, the only issue was weekends. This was a little harder as Camille thinks she can and should nurse whenever she wants. It took about 3 weekends for Camille to break the habit. I can’t say I was super strict, sometimes I just didn’t feel like the tantrum.
Next came the bedtime nursing session and that one scared the hell outta me! Her pediatrician warned me that would be the toughest session to break. About a week before I was really prepared to tackle the nights she was nursing and I was reading her favorite night time book. When the book was over she unlatched, pulled my shirt down, stood up and gave me a hug and kiss. It was so adult of her! I was totally shocked! That was my #1 clue she was just about over it. I continued to nurse a few more nights and she would do the same things. One night I asked was she gonna drink her milk and she looked me as if she was doing me a favor.
Fast forward and we saw her pediatrician on January 7th. I was telling her I’m going out of town for a week and asking how I should proceed. She said “just do it! It might be a crappy weekend but get it out of the way now.” That night I feel asleep before Camille (bad food!) so I eased out of it. The next night I took her cup upstairs with us. Not gonna lie I was nervous as hell! I read the story, she drank from her cup. We hugged and kissed and she went down without a fight! I was SHOCKED! No resistance at all! OMG she’s a grown baby!
I ran downstairs and told B with excitement. He acted cool but I’m sure he was excited because she’ll be with him the week I’m gone. I have been repeating the same process every night and she has done very well with the transition. #ProudMama
Ok, time for some Mama emotions…I was excited and proud that she took it so well! I was a little sad but not as much as I thought I’d be. I was pretty much over breastfeeding by this time but still…that’s my baby. Surprisingly I seem to have more milk now than I did a few months ago. I just let down while in the shower. I must admit I will miss having an on-demand supply of diaper rash “ointment”, skin rash “cream”, “eyedrops” and various other ailment remedies that breastmilk can fix. Other than that, it’s been a good transition and I’m a proud Mama!
How’d it go with weaning for you? Have you done it yet? Let me know in the comments.
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