It’s a bitter sweet time to be weaning your little one. It’s hard to let go of that precious time with your baby. On the other hand, it is nice to have your body back to yourself for a time, if you’re not already pregnant again. When I was about to wean my second baby, I was really dreading it. I felt like it was time, but found myself having a hard time letting go. Once she was all weaned, I felt the freedom. I had a 4 month break between ending nursing my 2nd and getting pregnant with my 3rd child and it was a nice break to reestablish my bearings.
The best advice I received right before I weaned my 2nd baby was to explain to her what was going on. To explain to her that it was time to stop nursing. That even though we wouldn’t be nursing anymore that my love for her wouldn’t change. I still loved her, and wanted snuggle time together anytime she wanted to.
I was a little apprehensive, she was just 13 months old, I wasn’t sure if she would really understand what I was saying. She understood perfectly. She stopped cold turkey over the span of 36 hours. I wouldn’t recommend going that fast. It worked out okay, I was just in a lot of pain with feeling engorged.
The approach that I took was to not nurse unless she asked for it. Which she didn’t ask for it at all, she didn’t whine or cry to nurse once I explained to her what we were doing.
My next bit of advice is to go with what your baby and you feel comfortable with. If it is only taking one feeding away at a time, or if you want to take out all feedings besides bed-time ones. Do what feels best for you and your baby.
3rd & Last tip
My last bit of advice is to make sure to still get lots of cuddle time in. It will be good for both you and your baby. It’s an emotional process to wean your baby. Even with the freedom that I felt, I still missed that special time with her. Make sure you’re available to be there, and snuggle your baby if they or you need it.
I feel so incredibly blessed to be a mother. It is the next best thing to being a wife. I am grateful God created our bodies in a way that we can nourish our babies outside of the womb. It has been amazing for me to be able to experience nursing my babies, and I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything.
“The latchstring hangs from the outside.”
What advice or tips do you have for the weaning process? Was there something that worked for you or your baby that you would like to add? I would love to hear about it in the comments.