Our youngest son turned one at the beginning of May and I knew I wanted to start weening from breastfeeding after his birthday. I was extremely fortunate to exclusively breastfeed him and our older son, however I knew it was time to start decreasing our sessions. We began “weening” at 12 months and were completely done at 13.5 months. It was a very gradual process which was not only good for him, but also for my body. I thought I would share some reflections from this past year. You can check out more breastfeeding posts here: Breastfeeding Lessons, Breastfeeding & Pumping Baby 2, Pumping & Traveling, Flying & Pumping.
- Talk to other moms and find ones who are open, honest, and supportive. It’s nice to be seen and validated.
- Whatever you are going through, another mom has already been through it or is also going through it.
- Do what feels right for you and your family.
- Embrace the season, it quickly passes.
- Breastfeeding can definitely feel isolating.
- Weening can be a very natural and gradual process if you plan for it.
- Celebrate any amount of time you chose to nurse…it’s a huge accomplishment!
- There are many logistics involved with breastfeeding and you don’t really get a “break” even if you are away from baby.
- Take care of your body and health.
- Enjoy that time with your baby- it is so special!
As always, sending light and love.