This week I decided to wean Ethan from breastfeeding. And I did it COLD TURKEY.
I started to recognize the subtle signs of readiness: using my nipples as a chew toy and my cleavage becoming a dustpan of sorts for crumbs and food leftovers.
I knew this day would come but I didn’t realize how sad I would be to give it up.
A Short History
I always knew I wanted to breastfeed but while it may look natural, no one really tells new moms just HOW HARD IT CAN BE! After Ethan was born, I worked with a lactation consultant, who was able to assist with latching difficulties, the result of having flat and inverted nipples (sorry for the TMI). As a result, I used a nipple shield for the first few months, which made nursing a walk in the park. With patience and persistence, Ethan got the hang of it and I enjoyed the deep, emotional bond that was happening with my son.
How to Wean
Over the last few months, Ethan has been developing all sorts of new skills at daycare. In addition to eating new foods, he’s learned new ways to self-soothe. Our nightly feedings gradually stopped and to further support his development, I knew weaning was going to be the right decision. Curious to know how we survived? Here are three tips that worked for us.
- Cover up! Strap em in and lock those boobies away. After a long day, nothing beats unloading the girls but with a weaning toddler at your side, you want to help resist the temptation. Wear your bra extra snug and pair it with a cute fitted t-shirt. Turtlenecks are your friend.
- Get creative! If your little one is hungry or thirsty, try giving them a favourite snack or drink in a fun cup or bowl. If its comfort they are seeking, give lots of hugs, read a new book and play with them. Listen and be in tune to their needs but be prepared to have activities on hand to distract and redirect their attention.
- Step away. Out of sight. Out of mind. This is the most obvious choice but quite often challenging. Whether its getting your partner to take over at night or getting family members to spend some time with your little one, be sure to take some time for yourself and engage in self care.
So there you have it. We have boob free for an entire week and to be honest, I think I miss it more than Ethan. Remember, every child is unique so always check with a medical professional with regards to weaning. As always, I love to hear from you.
Did you breastfeed? When did you know it was time to wean?
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