We started the weaning process this week. I thought I'd have to wait till Shaylin was actually 12 months old but have been advised that that's not necessary. She'll be 1 in less than 2 weeks so it's close enough. Besides, it's still going to take a few weeks so she'll still be getting some breast milk past her birthday.
There are a lot of emotions that go into this. I mean, it's the end of an era.
For one thing, I'm excited because this means I meant my goal of breastfeeding through the first year. The first few days were rough & there were some other rough times, like mastitis. And then in the summer when my supply was suffering I really doubted if we'd make it to a year. But I'm so happy that I stuck with it.
I'm sad to be losing this bounding time with Shaylin. I realize that mothers who bottle-feed still bond with their babies. But this bond was very special for me.
I've been nervous that Shaylin won't handle weaning well, or that I won't for that matter. I've also been nervous about hormone changes & physical discomfort.
Now that I'm weaning this also motivates me to be more consistent in eating better (I type that as I'm eating marshmallows out of the bag!) & working out. Breastfeeding has been my easy calorie burner. They say you can burn 600 calories a day. Really helps with losing the baby weight. So now I won't be burning those calories which means I need to find other ways to burn them.
So far we've dropped one feeding. There are 4 more to go. Shaylin is still learning to use a sippy cup. Her main issue is she doesn't know to hold her head back. I've tried one of the cups that has a straw & she didn't know what to do with it. But we will keep on persevering. My goal is to have her completely weaned by the end of February. I don't think that's too unreasonable.