I've been actively weaning dd over the past 3 or 4 months, due in part to the pregnancy (BIG increase in pain, BIG decrease in milk) and another part in planning for my being away at the hospital. I wanted to get dd used to being able to go to sleep w/o me, so that if I end up being gone for 3 days, she'll have an easier time.
About three weeks ago, we got down to two nursings per day - one first thing in the morning and one at bedtime. We dropped her midday nap feeding, which proves that she can go to sleep without it.
Well, a few days ago I dropped the first morning feeding and it was really hard on her, which made it really hard on me. Dh and I had a long talk this evening and he encouraged me to keep up the morning and night feedings for as long as we both want, throughout the pregnancy, while nursing the new baby and as long as it makes her happy.
I wish I could describe the sense of relief that came over me. He has never encouraged me to wean her...just kind of goes along with whatever I decide to do as far as nursing goes, I guess I just felt like he wanted me to..?.. Anyway, his support was the nudge I needed.
Now that we are down to two nursings a day, the pain is gone. I'm thinking there's enough milk for those two feedings, so she's not sucking as hard....
So, I am celebrating my extended breastfeeding being extended yet again.
Sorry so long...just had to share with those of you who could appreciate.