This post is part of the weekly Breastfeeding Blog Hop hosted by The Slacker Mom, Happiness Redefined, and The Gnomes Mom. This week’s topic is Weaning. After reading my blog, go ahead and click on the others. While you are at it, link up.
Since before I was pregnant I knew I wanted to breastfeed but I never put much thought into the timeframe. It was when I started attending all the baby, breastfeeding, and birth classes while I was pregnant that I knew I would let my baby self-wean. However, there have been times when I felt tired and drained and thought about night-weaning her.
She nurses every hour throughout the night. She has instances where she may go longer like 2-3 hours, but for the most part, it’s an hourly thing. I nurse her in bed after her bath and once she falls asleep I slip out and try to do the things I was not able to during the day; like study, eat, spend time with hubby, and catch up on the blog. Throughout all these things, I know that every hour I have to stop and go nurse her back to sleep.
I was not sure if I should have been doing this to begin with. So I read on other mom blogs what they had done and also read other mom forums to get a feel for what everyone was doing. In the end I was going to do what felt right but I needed other support from other moms as well. Then I thought that the reason why I am an attachment parent is because I want to follow Makayla’s cues and tend to her needs. If she is still nursing at night it is because she still needs it and honestly, I also need it too. I love the bond we have.
So the thought of weaning came and went in one of those tiresome days that I had. But in the end I stand with the decision that I will let Makayla self wean; whenever that is. Plus, I look at this picture and think, why would I want to end this… Did you decide to night-wean or did you let your babies lead the way? How was it?