Monday, September 28, 2009

When weaning REALLY happens

I went to DC and back, and The Boy was still nursing, but towards the end it became uncomfortable. I would say the alphabet or sing two songs, switch sides if he wanted, and that was it. Then he started skipping a day or three, because he knew that mama had no milk and it hurt. When he asked to nurse again, we did, but now it's been over a week. He no longer asks to nurse at bed time. He no longer asks to nurse at nap time. He no longer asks to nurse any time.

Weaning happened.

I wish I could say I feel happy or sad, but in truth, I feel both. I am happy for his new independence. I am happy that he now asks to have someone rub his back and or snuggle at bed time. I am happy for the freedom this gives us both. At the same time, I am sad to see the nursing end. It was a part of us... a part we can never get back.

The Boy watches as our neighbor nurses her baby. He knows that's where the milk comes from, but he doesn't ask.

I will write more about what it happened, but for now all I can say is weaning happened.


dulce de leche said...

Hugs to you both! Only one of mine has weaned so far, but we also had the full range of emotions--being pleased at her new maturity, excited about being able to eat foods that she was allergic to, but also a little sad that something that had been a (usually) happy part of every day for years was gone.

Rebecca said...


McCool said...

Thanks for sharing this story Maria! I still nurse my two year old most mornings, though sometimes I find myself with mixed emotions, especially as I am also nursing a three month old every two hours (or pumping while at work!). I love that you nursed for three years and let natural weaning take its course. You did what works best for you and your family!

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