Another weaning tip- if you wean cold turkey in just one day or even just a couple of days, you may end up with engorgement, plugged ducts, or mastitis, not to mention some pretty wild hormonal swings, so it's better to wean slow and steady. You can try eliminating one feeding per day, waiting a day or two until your milk supply decreases to a comfortable level, and then eliminating another feeding.
I guess it's also that for most of us, breastfeeding is something we see as immensely valuable. So seeing your original post is kind of like seeing someone say "I have a 2008 Lexus with a flat tire- any advice on how to get it hauled off to the junkyard?" We just can't resist saying "But wait- that Lexus is still worth money!"
Another point I thought I'd mention is that breastfeeding is promoted by the American Academy of Family Physicians "The AAFP recommends that all babies, with rare exceptions, be breastfed and/or receive expressed human milk exclusively for the first six months of life. Breastfeeding should continue with the addition of complementary foods throughout the second half of the first year. Breastfeeding beyond the first year offers considerable benefits to both mother and child, and should continue as long as mutually desired. Family physicians should have the knowledge to promote, protect, and support breastfeeding." The American Academy of Pediatrics also recommends this. And the World Health Organization says "A recent review of evidence has shown that, on a population basis, exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months is the optimal way of feeding infants. Thereafter infants should receive complementary foods with continued breastfeeding up to 2 years of age or beyond."
You may know all of this already, but the people on this site understand the importance of breastfeeding as stated by these professional organizations. You've already gotten advice on weaning your son but I just wanted to add that it will be best for both of you to do it gradually. Good luck.
Born at 37 weeks on 12/22/06
5lbs 1oz 19 1/2in
Born at 29 wks 6 days on 01/17/09
2lbs 14oz 15in
In NICU for 2 months
Have you tried this bottle? It uses suction and compression to simulate feeding like breastfeeding and it may help.
To free us from the expectations of others, to give us back to ourselves - there lies the great, singular power of self-respect. ~Joan Didion
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