On Stopping Nursing

On Stopping Nursing

Ok, so I FINALLY put together my thoughts on stopping nursing that I think is ready to share on the blog! I decided to wait a month to collect my thoughts and see if I had any extra words of wisdom or thoughts to share with you, but keep in mind, I’m a crazy pregnant lady chasing around after a one year old all day, so my mind is a little all over the place these days! And if you want to check out a previous post on where we last left off, for the last nursing update I gave you, please check out – On Weaning at One!

I decided to break up this post into two parts – The Good & The Bad. Just like anything else in motherhood, there are good, bad & even ugly parts to my nursing experience. I started off with my thoughts on some of the not so awesome & ended on a positive note! Check out my thoughts & feel free to share your nursing experience or plans for the future!

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The Bad

I still really wish Brooks had stopped nursing on his own. I know he handled the situation perfectly and was completely fine using a bottle & straw cup, but I can’t help but have a twinge of guilt because I was the one who chose to end it. I can’t say for certain whether or not he was really ready, because he has seemed unfazed by the whole thing, but I wish he had chose to end it on his own before I left for my trip. I know I shouldn’t let it bother me, but it still does.

As mentioned before, our pediatrician suggested if I was unsure about stopping nursing to take a hand pump with me on the trip to keep my supply but I knew that since we were down to one nursing session a day, my supply was low before leaving for South America. I made the decision that I wouldn’t even try to keep my supply for when we got back – we would already be apart for 11  {which turned into 12 days} and I didn’t think it would be right after he had already been fine on his own {as reported to me by my parents} without me to offer it up again. I left having three shoeboxes full of frozen breastmilk which my parents used while we were away – Brooks has been having 5+ ounces of it each day, usually before bed and any leftover he used in the morning in his oatmeal or to drink. We still have some in there now! It’s lasted a good long while!

It’s hard to say if I was extra emotional or not when stopping nursing because I was a few months pregnant at the time but I was surprised with how full & sore I got about 2-3 days into the whole stopping thing. It was uncomfortable for a few nights to sleep on my stomach or side because my boobs were so sensitive. I felt like I was going to explode for a while there. I thought that because we had gradually dropped the feedings from 3 to 2 to 1 times a day slowly, over a few weeks, it would have been a little more comfortable – I can’t imagine how much it would have hurt if I had to stop in the beginning with all those feedings! Ouch!

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The Good

We made it to Spring! When I initially told our pediatrician that we would be stopping nursing at the end of February, she mentioned it might be good to hold off until the Spring, because of cold & flu season. Luckily, because of my amazing freezer stash, we still have another week to go of the good stuff! So I’m proud about that & my planning ahead. We didn’t technically nurse until Spring, but we made it to 13 months together and he’s had breastmilk for the last 4 weeks, brining him to 14 months so I’m pretty proud about that!

Another good thing from our nursing experience -> We sort of skipped the whole bottle thing with Brooks. He never really had a bottle during the first year except for a few occasions here and there, so he never got attached to it. So when we knew we would be making the transition, we knew he was most comfortable with cups with straws in them, like this one, so we decided to skip the whole bottle thing and just let him roll with a ‘regular’ cup at night. I think that was a good thing and has really worked for us!

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With everything said and done, it’s been a crazy year but I’m so happy that I was able to feed my child in this way and I’m grateful for the fact that {for the most part} it was a pretty good experience for both of us. I’m interested to see what the future holds for us as I hope to nurse baby #2 but every little one is different, so you never know how it’s going to be.

I know nursing Brooks for the first year was beneficial for him, but for me too! I felt he was overall {maybe extra?} healthy because of it, we had no sick doctor visits all year, hardly any fevers and don’t even get me started on our extra special bond. I know we’d have a special bond either way but I think nursing was another way for us to grow close! I can only hope  I am lucky enough to have the same experience with baby #2!

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Do you have any positive or negative nursing words or wisdom or experiences to share?

I’d love to hear it as I get geared up to do it all over again!

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4 Comments

  • Reply Katrina March 23, 2015 at 10:26 am

    Good for you girl! I stopped the day Claire turned 13 months which was 2/20/14. I was down to one session and I seriously don’t think she was getting more than a few ounces from me. I really wanted to get through March with her doing at least one session a day because of cold and flu season. Well, I was right. A week after I stopped nursing, she got a runny nose. And it’s still running like crazy! We were both so lucky with not having sick kids the first year but I can’t help but feel a little guilty that she has this runny nose now. And now you are doing it all again!!!!!!!!!!!! Congrats!

  • Reply Kay @ goaloflosing.com March 23, 2015 at 11:15 am

    I know it’s easier said than done, but don’t feel bad! I could only nurse for 2 weeks, and even during that time, I had to supplement because I just wasn’t producing enough. I have PCOS so it was amazing that I even produced at all. You did a great job!!

  • Reply Kristin March 23, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    I’m so glad the weaning experience went pretty well for both of you! I understand the desire to let him wean on his own though. Thankfully the circumstances worked out in your favor. My son is about the same age as Brooks (he’s 13.5 months). I work during the day so he gets a sippy cup of milk while I’m gone (we phased out bottles at 11 months with no problem, he was never a big fan anyway). We moved to whole milk around 12.5 months during the day during the week, but he still wanted to nurse after his naps on the weekends (so 1-2x a day). In order to maintain supply for him to nurse on the weekends, I pumped during the week. This past week things got hectic at work and I forgot to pump a couple days. I decided to just stop pumping altogether and this past weekend we would cut out daytime nursing but still keep morning and night. I didn’t think it’d be a huge issue since he doesn’t day nurse 5 out of 7 days a week. Turns out I was wrong! Instead I dealt with a very cranky, sensitive, emotional, fussy, clingy baby all weekend who had his first public tantrum and threw us for a loop all weekend! I feel guilty now, I didn’t ease into it like I said I would. I spent most of the day crying about it! (could also be the start of the hormonal roller coaster…). I hope the rest of weaning goes a little more smoothly for us!

  • Reply Patty O March 23, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    I will say it over and over again that I am so proud of you for nursing Brooks for 13 months – you did an amazing job and Brooks is such a healthy child, all because of you! I can only hope that you will have the same awesome experience you had with Brooks with Baby Brinkley #2. Don’t you feel guilty for a minute – you and Brooks worked well together and established your special bond for each other – a wonderful feeling for a Mother and Child!

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