Re: HOW LONG WILL WEANING TAKE
Congratulations on making it to a year! Great work, Mama!!!
If you cut out one session, and then leave it at that for several days, your risk of engorgement and/or plugged ducts and/or mastitis should be pretty minimal.
If you cut out the lunch session and then experience significant engorgement or discomfort, you can either a) decide to nurse/pump and put your weaning goals off for the time being or b) use cabbage leaves, cold packs, and hand expression to restore comfort. Expressing just enough milk to keep yourself comfortable will allow supply to decrease, albeit at a slower pace than if you simply put up with the engorgement.
Are you feeling ready to be completely done with nursing? Obviously you're ready to drop the lunchtime session- but how about the others? I nursed my first until she was three and I have to say there are significant health, emotional, and parenting benefits to going longer. Extended nursing isn't right for all mamas and babies, but if you're interested I'd be happy to talk it up!
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