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Thread: We are weaned, its official... age 3.5 : )

  1. #1
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    May 2010

    Wink We are weaned, its official... age 3.5 : )

    and and

    First of all, thank you ALL for all of your support and the loving positive community here.

    I remember a few years ago when I first found this board. I was reading all the weaning stories and thought I would never see the end. And now, here I am.

    And here's my story.

    25 years old, a brand new RN, working night shift in the NICU, and i thought I had the flu. Nope, I was pregnant. I survived working 3 twelve hour shifts a week.. barely lol. Not easy to do pregnant : )
    Fastforward, healthy pregnancy..
    Water broke at 39 weeks on the dot at 11pm. Came up to my hospital/work and got admitted. I got here around midnight and he was born at 10:53am after fifteen minutes of quiet pushing. I was surrounded by helpful family members and my dear sweet coworkers. Benjamin was HERE!!!!
    I had befriended the IBCLC, here at the hospital, Kris. She WAS AMAZING.
    I learned so much from her before he was born. She became a second mom to me.
    I called her immediately following delivery and boom, she dropped what she was doing and came. She helped me put him to breast at 30 minutes after delivery.
    He did GREAT. (I was so nervous) (I have a picture of him at breat with her standing at my side hehe. Ugh. I look fat in that picture. SO FAT err... swollen..)

    I left the hospital 24 hours later. He was exclusively breastfeeding FABULOUSLY and was peeing and pooping like a 3 day old.
    I was psyched. Those first days flew by. I barely remember them.
    My milk came in like 2 days later. BOOM. ENGORGEMENT.
    I called the Oklahoma Breastfeeding hotline... She said I could pump a bit to take the edge off (I was so full.. I was a 36 I when I went to get a bigger nursing bra that next day.. i'm normally a D.)
    I got 25 oz in less than 8 minutes of pumping. Ummmm.....
    Yes, I had been nursing him frequent and often.
    This was the beginning of my oversupply. Sigh.
    I began stashing my plentiful supply in our deep freezer. When I went back to work at 5 weeks, I had a solid three week supply frozen. Lol.
    (I was only pumping once a day, after his first morning nursing session, and fully emptying myself. I was so full and uncomfortable even after he ate in the mornings so I felt it was a good way to develop my stash. So I did this, and usually was fine for the rest of the day to JUST nurse.) (LOVE my Medela Pump In Style!!!)

    Ben never lost weight. At a week postpartum, we weighed a lb and a half MORE than his birth weight. I was my IBCLC's dream lol.

    I went back to work at 5 weeks postpartum. And I cried. Oh how I missed him! Even though he was safe and loved and only getting breastmilk at Grandmas!

    He never had (or needed) a drop of formula! So proud!!!!

    Pumping at work took a LOT of dedication. I work in critical care!
    I have a lot of funny stories. (Like the time I pumped behind a patient curtain while giving report to another nurse because I didn't have time to go actually pump downstairs due to my crazy critical assignment... lol)

    I pumped in my car, at work, in airports, while going down the road... you get it. I've pumped everyyyyywhere.

    I didn't start solids until 11 months, and he got breastmilk while I was at work for 2 solid years.

    When he was like 14 months, I worked really hard and got all of my stuff done to apply for the IBCLC exam. I took the test in July that year and PASSSSSED!!!!!!!

    I feel like I've breastfed through everything and during everything Lol.

    I also donated milk to several other moms for various reasons.
    Lots of milk lol.

    And my baby weaned slow slow slow.

    Just the way I wanted.

    He weaned over Christmas, and slightly into January and Feb. It got down to every other day.... then a week... then... we were done.
    No tears. No sad sad moment.

    Except for now. writing this.
    So Bittersweet.

    Momma to Benjamin, we recently made it nursing to age 2!!!!

    Benjamin born 9-17-09

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2006

    Default Re: We are weaned, its official... age 3.5 : )

    What a wonderful story! Amazing that something so rich and full can be summed up in a couple of paragraphs... Congratulations to you, to your lucky little guy, and to all the parents and babies you've helped and will help in the future.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2012

    Default Re: We are weaned, its official... age 3.5 : )

    Thanks for sharing your story, mama. Benjamin is a lucky little guy.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2009

    Default Re: We are weaned, its official... age 3.5 : )

    Very wonderful! Congratulations. You will never lose the benefits of your breastfeeding relationship. My daughter still likes to touch my breasts and she talks about her "num friends" all the time.
    Nursed my sweet daughter 3 years, 3 mos.

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    Nov 2012

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  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    COUGARTOWN Baby! From here on in!

    Default Re: We are weaned, its official... age 3.5 : )

    Congratulations WreckGoddess! Well done! And Check in. Being done doesn't mean you have to be done here. BTDT advice from people who made it work is so important here. Give it back. Let other working mothers know IT CAN BE DONE. Because it can. And sometimes all it takes to believe it is one other person who went before you who lived to tell. So come back and check in and tell your stories in the working and pumping parts of the forums! Working mother need to know that other have succeeded. No one needs inspiration like women who need to pump every day.

    Way too lazy for formula

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Oct 2012

    Default Re: We are weaned, its official... age 3.5 : )

    Along those lines... I love the story of pumping behind the curtain while giving report!

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    wow, congratulations... I wish I could do deal with weaning like you did, my son is turning 4 years old this coming May and I still can't get him to somehow lessen his appetite when it comes to mommy's milk since he is sharing now with my 2 year old son. Anyway I loved your cute story and how you summarized it all in few paragraphs but still making me feel (as a reader) to learn and enjoy your journey from the "flu" till the successful weaning

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