As my pregnancy comes to an end I have started thinking about what it’s like to have a newborn. I haven’t put too much thought into it because I get a little overwhelmed at the thought of managing 2 kids, the sleepless nights, the painful breastfeeding, all the hormonal changes and my new body. I’ve thought a lot about nursing because I am assuming it will be the same experience as I had with Myles but I’m now reminding myself that this is a different baby and a different pregnancy and things might not be as easy.
I’ll get to how I successfully weaned my first child in the next paragraph but I wanted to give you a little preface of how my nursing journey began. I knew I wanted to nurse and was hoping my milk would come in and that the baby would latch and all would be good. I was actually leaking colostrum months before I had the baby, literally months, I was 6 months and all my bras would have little spots in them! I thought this would be a great thing and that I would have great production. Turns out I did and I was so fortunate to never have to buy formula. I was able to have a little stash for when I was away and for emergencies and was able to nurse for the majority of his feedings.
The first time he latched was so special. I wasn’t able to do skin to skin right away because I had an emergency C-section but as soon as I got to hold him I put my new little baby on my chest and he immediately started routing around with his mouth open. The nurse said I could see if he wanted to nurse and within 10 minutes of me holding him for the first time I was feeding him! That is a moment I never want to forget. Of course I felt like I was doing it perfectly but once the lactation consultant came in she had a few tips and tricks for me that was very helpful! Eventually I got Myles feeding on a great schedule, he would nurse 4 times a day every 4 hours (9am, 1pm, 5pm, and 9pm) and would sleep through the night (thanks to this book!!).
Time to wean! A lot of people are curious how long mothers plan on breastfeeding. My goal was to make it a year. Not that once I got to a year I was going to quick because I reached my goal, that was my minimum. I actually felt I could nurse forever but I also don’t like the thought of nursing my child when he can talk. The summer Myles turned one I had a lot of trips planned (6 out of state weddings in 5 weeks!!) so being away from him was going to help the weaning process. The great thing about making it to one years old is that your baby can than have whole milk so there is no need to buy formula.
The day after his first birthday I cut out the 3rd feeding and substitute myself with a bottle of whole milk and breast milk (I did 3/4 breast milk from my frozen stash and 1/4 whole milk and eventually the bottle became all whole milk). I chose that feeding because I already felt like his 4th feeding wasn’t enough, especially before bed. Of course Myles was eating plenty of solids so he had a lot to eat throughout the day and I never felt like he was going to bed hungry, I just felt pretty empty at night, a little too empty. Taking a way that 3rd feeding gave me 8 hours of milk production. I didn’t pump because that wouldn’t help my body learn how to slow down the production. I had heard it can be painful weaning and I wanted to avoid that.
Two weeks later I decided to cut out the 2nd feeding and substitute myself for a bottle using the same ratio of whole milk and breast milk as his 3rd feeding. I continued not to pump so that my body knew it didn’t need to produce as much. I continued to do this every 2 weeks until he no longer needed to nurse. The night feeding was the last to go and hardest for me. During those two weeks was when I found out I was pregnant with this baby and it came at a good time because I knew Myles couldn’t nurse forever and I had a lot of changes happening to my own body and knew it was the perfect time.
Myles was 14 months when I wrapped up breastfeeding with him. I am lucky he took the bottle so well and transitioned to whole milk so well. I have to say he is still soooo obsessed with milk. He could drink it all day but I have to limit him so he’ll eat actual food! He also can’t drink milk with his meals because he’ll drink the whole cup of milk and have no room for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
I hope you guys found this helpful. I am happy to answer any questions. I know every mothers experience and baby is different but I had such a successful weaning process I thought I should share.
Cheers to the next 14(ish) months of nursing!
I purchased this blazer because I had an evening meeting and forgot to grab a jacket when I was out earlier that afternoon. You know those hot afternoons that drop 20 degrees by nightfall. It was one of those days and I only had a t-shirt and shorts so I quickly stopped into Target for a cardigan but since it was Spring I couln’t find any cozy cardigans but I did spot this bright pink blazer that is very soft and comfortable, it also pulled my look together making me look a little more professional. For those of you that have to dress up for work, I think this would be the perfect casual Friday blazer to wear with jeans!
blazer | Target ‘A New Day Relaxed Blazer’
shirt | Cotton Citizen ‘Mykonos V Neck’ (similar)
shorts | Motherhood Maternity ’Secret Fit Maternity Fray Shorts’
bag | M2Malletier ‘Amor Fati Crossbody Bag’
scarf | Tanya Taylor ‘Kelly Scarf’
watch | Rolex (similar for less)
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