My daughter dropped her last nursing session a little over a week ago. The past 2 months have been a struggle (many times when I offered, she pushed my breast away and sucked her thumb instead ), but I'm glad that she was BF throughout her first year. DH and I became parents late in life, so DD is our first and last baby.
I'm grieving the loss of this special time, but I also realize that these losses are a part of growing up. DD and I still have our cuddle sessions first thing in the morning and before she goes to sleep at night.
Last edited by new_mama; October 21st, 2007 at 10:06 PM.
My little one is 12 1/2 months and also started on a strike because of teething issues and I tried for over a week to get her back to nursing. I was not ready for such an abrupt end and it has hit me like a mack truck. My husband is very supportive and I was pumping to continue the milk since she was not taking anything but breastmilk. I finally came to the conclusion that with a 'spirited' child that screams the whole time I pump because I am not paying attention to her even though my husband is playing with her is just not working. I got her to take toddler formula by mixing it half and half and now Im trying to wean off the pumping. It is so hard for me to let go and I know it's natural but I feel like I somehow failed her since I was planning to go to 2 years. I should make it more about what is right for her than what is right for me, but it's still tough.
Still never made sense to me but my lo nursed through hand, foot, and mouth (he's a big believer that nursing cures all, I mean all of life's woes). Anyway I ended up getting a slight case of it including an aching breast - I called it hand, foot and boob
Laura, proud vbacing, ecological breastfeeding mommy to four ages 8, 6, 5, and 2. That's Kate nursing her doll, Adam.
The Seven Standards of ecological breastfeeding: (1) exclusive breasfeeding for the first 6 months (2) pacify baby at your breast (3) don't use bottles and pacifiers (4) co-sleep for night feedings (5) take a nursing nap (6) nurse frequently day and night; avoiding schedules (7) avoid practices that restrict nursing or separates you from your baby. The average return of menstruation for ecological breastfeeding mothers is between 14 and 15 months.
I agree with the previous post, IF you feel its time to stop nursing that's one thing, but don't let this illness force you to stop nursing early because it doesn't have to. Once you wean that's it, so if you're not ready, get pumping to keep up some supply until she's healed. Strikes are upsetting but they DO pass. Best of luck with whatever you decide
I'm proud to be first woman in my family to breastfeed!
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Loving the homemade baby food!