Hey guys! Happy Monday! I am finally starting to feel like myself again after battling round 2 of the flu and I am now moving on to my next project– weaning Cyrus.
Breastfeeding has been a great journey for me. I started going to La Leche League meetings when I was pregnant to meet fellow new moms and to learn about breastfeeding. It ended up being so much more important to me than I thought it would be. The moms at the meeting made me realize how great breastfeeding is and made me determined to stick with it when Cyrus was born.
Any new mom knows that breastfeeding comes with its own set of challenges. There can be unforeseen problems in the beginning– poor latch, tongue tie, low supply, excessive supply and the list goes on and on. For me, it always seemed like I was fighting to keep my supply up and it took a lot of discipline to to make sure I pumped enough milk for Cyrus to drink when he was with his nanny.
The first time I had to give him formula (because I forgot my pumped milk at home when I was taking him to his day care) I felt like a failure. Trying to keep my supply up meant I had to make sacrifices in how long I could be away from my baby. I would start to panic and feel sick if we were separated for more than 5 hours. I even spent time pumping in airport bathrooms and brought my baby on a business trip.
But in spite of all the struggles I faced, I am so glad I was able to breastfeed for as long as I did. Not only was it a great bonding experience, but numerous studies have proven the benefits of breastfeeding for babies’ health and intelligence. That’s not to shame moms who feed their babies formula. I know that breastfeeding is not for everyone. I just think that if there is a choice to be made and you are leaning toward breastfeeding try it and don’t get discouraged. I felt like giving up so many times in the first few months and then it clicked and it got easy.
Because of that, I think breastfeeding is a lot like starting a fitness program. It really takes discipline in the beginning, but after a while, it becomes like second nature.
Cyrus’s second birthday is in a few weeks and I feel like now is the right time to stop nursing. I have been slowly cutting down his feedings, which were already only about 3-4 a day. I have been telling him that the “milkies” are sleeping and it seems to be working so far.
It is a little sad to close this chapter of my relationship with Cyrus but I am also excited to get my boobies back to myself. I worry that it will not be as easy to get him to sleep, that I will not be able to comfort him as easily, that plane rides will be a lot more difficult, but I am sure I will figure all that out.
Do you have experience weaning a toddler? I am dying to know what worked! What do you think about breastfeeding?