Nursing Update – On Weaning at One

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For my other nursing posts, be sure to check out:

Breastfeeding Essentials / What I Learned in Breastfeeding Class / Nursing Favorites {7 Months Later}

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Little man is turning one this week!

I can’t believe it! {more on that later} BUT I am happy to report that I made it to my long term goal of nursing for one whole year.

WOW! I can’t believe it’s been a whole year & I’ve nursed my little man this entire time, exclusively.

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Let me start off by saying that there have been bad times, there have been good times, but for the most part – I’m SO glad I made this decision to feed my child this way. I know it’s been beneficial for both of us and I feel proud for what I’ve done for him and lucky for the fact that I was able to do it. Thinking about all that money we’ve saved on formula makes me happy too!

There were days that I totally wanted to quit because I was in some extreme pain, and some of that never really went away, I just learned to manage it. But I’m happy that I stuck with it for my little guy. I’m also proud to say that Brooks has not been to the doctor once for a sick visits for the entire year. Sure he’s gotten a cold or two, but no high fevers or anything of that nature. I like to think that it’s in some way tied to the benefits of nursing. nursing

So a little about our decision to wean -> After Brooks turned 11 months, I booked a trip where I will be away from him for 10+ days {more on that trip later, and yes I am freaking out a bit about leaving my little sidekick} At that point Brooks was still nursing 4 times a day – morning, after his first nap, after his second nap and before bed. The day feedings never lasted long and were more like a quick snack for him. He’s always been efficient but I didn’t get the sense he really wanted or needed these feedings, and plus I was trying to make more of an emphasis on food.

So at first I dropped the morning feeding and replaced it with a snack before lunch. Brooks didn’t seem to notice or care.wrap

When we were in Florida for a week, I packed frozen breastmilk from my freezer stash – one for each day, and decided to drop my afternoon feeding then but replace it with a breastmilk bottle, laced with some regular milk {so his body would get used to it slowly, all doctor approved!} Since Brooks has never regularly taken to a bottle this has been sort of a new thing for him, but he seemed to take the bottle well enough – after a week of this, I considered my afternoon feeding dropped.

As of right now I am still nursing in the morning when he first gets up and at night before he goes to sleep. He doesn’t seem to care too much about the morning feeding so I think that will be easy to drop but the nighttime one I know he enjoys for comfort right before bed – so I’m interested to see how that one goes. Also, I have really come to love our quiet time we spent together at night before he goes to bed, so I’m sure I’ll be missing this one too.on the boob

My pediatrician suggested getting a hand pump and using it while I’m away on my trip to keep somewhat of a supply, incase Brooks wants to nurse when I get back {so I have the option to feed if I want to} but I’m going to wait and see how the next month goes. I feel like it might be hard to go back after 10 days away from it – but we shall see.

Dropping the feedings off over a week have worked well for me, I haven’t felt uncomfortable at all {mentally or physically – I’ve heard your hormones can go a little nuts!} – I’m planning on dropping the morning one sometime after his birthday and then gradually switching the nighttime feeding to a bottle {or probably straight to a cup?}little one

It’s going to be crazy for my days and my life not to revolve around a nursing schedule. It’s already changed so much dropping all the daytime feedings & relying solely on food during the day. It’s so much easier to be out and about and for Brooks & I to sort of be on the same meal schedule – we eat breakfast, lunch & dinner together, with some snacks in between and that’s that. What he’s eating & how he’s doing with food is a whole different post, but he’s coming along with it all!

So I think that’s pretty much everything with my nursing update at one year. If you have any other questions for me that I might not have answered, please don’t hesitate to ask!

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Now it’s your turn to share:

How has nursing/weaning been for you? Any tips or tricks? Please share! I’d love to hear how someone else has been experiencing with it all! 

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7 Comments

  • Reply Patty O January 27, 2015 at 9:04 pm

    I’m sure all will turn out fine, but I think a bottle at bedtime is the way to go for awhile. It’s a comfort thing and a way to wind down and get ready for bed.
    Kudos and so proud of you for lasting the whole year, I know it has been hard for you at times, but it has been the best thing for Brooks and for you!

  • Reply Krista January 27, 2015 at 10:17 pm

    My LO turns one in Feb. We’re pretty much in the exact same page as you- breastfeeding twice and two bottles. I’m not sure when I’ll drop the morning and night feeds… We’re almost always home relaxing at those times and I really don’t mind feeding her, but at the same time, I want to be done. I think I’m going to go straight to a cup in the next week or two for the middle of the day feeds.
    Also, I left my baby for a week about a month ago, and I brought a hand pump. I pumped twice a day. It wasn’t too much of a pain because we were almost always in the hotel room at those times anyway. I would say if you want to wean, do it then, because that will give your body time to dry up, and when you get back, if he wants to nurse, you could let him try and he probably won’t want to keep going if there isn’t anything coming out. Good luck!

  • Reply Katrina January 28, 2015 at 10:11 am

    We are in the same boat! Claire turned one last Tuesday and we are on just morning and bedtime nursing sessions right now. I cut one daytime pumping session two weeks prior to her birthday so she got two daytime bottles with a mix of milk and breastmilk. A week prior to her birthday I cut my other daytime pumping session and gave two bottles of milk during the day. I literally was soooo over pumping, I just couldn’t get myself to go another week. I feel like a new woman. No more pumping in the car, on conference calls, etc. Not lugging my pump, bag, cover, parts and ice packs to work has been liberating!!! I’m torn on what to do next? She’s taking her milk in the day out of straw cups. I love the nighttime session but I feel like she isn’t getting much because I feel so empty. In the morning I feel like I have more to give her. I’m thinking of doing both feedings through middle of next month just to get through the dead of winter. I’m hoping my milk will help her fight off illness. We’ll just go straight to a cup with those feedings as well. Is it weird that I secretly want to give her some bottles at night when I’m done nursing just so I get to experience what that is like?!

  • Reply Tiffany January 28, 2015 at 11:02 am

    Great job on making it a year! I have just now weaned during the day at 10 months since I have been pumping at work this whole time and have to start a bunch more work travel soon where it would just be out of control trying to manage pumping at the same time. We are down to the morning and night feeding at this point and I can’t decide when to give them up. I think I will miss them SO much as it’s the one time my daughter is calm and still and snuggly! We are going on a work incentive trip without my girls a couple of weeks before she turns one so I am debating if I will stop before then to prevent having to bring the pump along too. I have such a love/hate relationship with that thing (looove that it allowed me to breastfeed so long, hate the device and pumping!). I also don’t feel like I have much supply after dropping the daytime feedings so not sure how long she’ll even want to nurse then. (wahhhh)

  • Reply Kristin January 28, 2015 at 11:29 am

    We’re in the same boat too! My little guy turns 1 in 10 days and I’ve been trying to figure out this whole weaning/transitioning to milk thing. I work during the day and dropped down to 1 pump session last week and my milk supply totally tanked. Right now I’m only pumping enough for 1 bottle during the day (he takes 2) so I’m using up my frozen stash for the 2nd bottle. I plan on introducing whole milk this weekend. I like the way you did it – mixing with breast milk to ease his way him. We also plan on just switching to sippy cup instead of bottle next week. He’s never been attached to the bottle and drinks fine from his sippy cup, just not a lot at one time. I’ll likely drop my daytime pumping session pretty soon and just stick to mornings and nighttime. I’m not ready to give those up yet! But it’ll also depend on if I even have any milk left once the daytime pumping is gone. Also not sure what this means for the weekends…no more nursing after naps? I’ll just take it day by day and see what happens. Great job on making it 1 year of EBF! That’s really awesome 🙂

  • Reply Nikki January 30, 2015 at 8:45 am

    I gave birth in June and I only pumped. January 1st my expensive pump broke for no reason. That is when I decided to wean. I bought a much cheaper one sided pump and now I am down to one pump a day. Hey, I made it to 7 and a half months!

  • Reply Lauren February 5, 2015 at 10:56 am

    Hi! I’ve been following you & the little dude on your blog for about a year… My little guy is turning 1 in February.
    I have also exclusively breastfed & knew I would like to begin weaning around his 1st birthday. My journey & experience with breastfeeding has been so similar to yours… So hard at times & so rewarding. I thought I would be so ready when my guy turned 1 but it’s been pretty emotional. We are down to 3 feedings a day: 1 first thing in the AM, 1 after nap, & his breastmilk sippy cup at night. I’m worried about weaning from the AM feeding because he really looks for it & is a bit fussy until he gets it.
    I have such a love/hate relationship with weaning. I’m very ready to get my body back but I’m thankful for the experience & love the special time I’ve shared with my baby because of it.
    Thanks for sharing your journey!!

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