17 March 2014

Officially Weened

Well we made it to just about 16 months of nursing and this girl is officially weened. 
The weening process went so much smoother than the scenario I conjured up in my head.  I thought I was going to need some big plan to put nursing to rest, but one morning I woke up with the feeling it was time and that I needed to stop TODAY. So, that's what I did. We began on a Thursday {2/27/14} and didn't look back.  She asked for it a little bit and put up a small fight but quickly realized it was gone. Her nursing days were over. Jade began sleeping through the night immediately.  It was a dream. I could not believe that weening had solved our sleeping problems as easily as everyone had said it would.  Until we went to St. George.  She woke up every night for 2-3 hours the whole time we were there. Man, oh man did I miss nursing then.  I could always nurse her right back to sleep when she awoke in the middle of the night.  However, that is not the only reason I miss nursing. I absolutely loved nursing and the bond it created between Jade and I. I will forever be grateful for my time and experience I had nursing my sweet babe.  It was easy for me and made sense to me. It was a crutch and a cure. And we both loved it. I hope it will always come easily and naturally for me with my future babies because I am way too forgetful to be packing around formula and bottles. It was always a comfort to know I had what my baby needed on tap and it was one less thing for me to think about. I have nothing against bottle feeding and think you should do what works best for you and your baby, but I will always be an advocate for nursing. You can't knock it until you try it- or give it an honest attempt.  Nursing is magical and packed with a long list of benefits - this rang true for me. My wish is that is could ring true for every mother but I understand that is not always the case. You've got to do what works best for you. In the future, I hope nursing will still work best for me because there really is just nothing like it. 

1 comment:

  1. Go mama! I love that you nursed for so long- you're definitely my role model when it comes to nursing. I pray it comes as easily for me as it did for you!