It has been such an amazing journey nursing my son. I feel so fortunate because I didn’t experience any of it with my daughter.
I’ve learned a lot about what works and what doesn’t. I’m like any mom who has been there and back with breastfeeding and I’m pretty much an expert. I could give a class on all the ins and outs of breastfeeding. (Side note-never listen to a self proclaimed expert.)
I’ve tried all the different positions, (football hold, anyone?)
Then there was my made up, unorthodox position that was the only way my son would eat.
I would lay him on the floor. Then prop myself above him and lower my boob to him. For a few months, he refused to eat any other way. Not so easy on the neck, or back for that matter.
Recently, things have transitioned. I don’t feel like I’m providing milk anymore. I’m more like a giant deli sandwich, followed by a CapriSun.
Imagine you just ordered a sandwich. It’s so big, you need to use both hands for the first bite. I’ll call this the “sandwich hold.”
The baby has my boob in a sandwich hold at the beginning of each feed.
Once the eating session on that side starts coming to an end, my breast is no longer a sandwich. It becomes an almost empty juice box. He’s got to be sure to squeeze out every last drop. And, yes, it takes both hands.
As sweet and adorable as this is, I’m thinking I’m done.
At least, I’m ready to be done. Now starts the process of weaning. I didn’t have to do this with my oldest so it’s all going to be new. My hope is to start actively weaning after New Year’s.
We just moved into a new place and the Holidays have arrived. Too much change all at once can be devastating for a little one.
So, come January (at 18 months old), my little guy is cut off. Or, rather, he will be slowly and lovingly switched to a different type of milk, partnered with other forms of nourishment.
At least that’s the plan. But as we all know, kids like to mess with our plans.
How old was your little one when you started weaning? How did you approach it? Any tips are welcome!