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15/07/2013 at 21:00
I is now 17 months & we've had an amazing breast feeding journey (with only 1 cracked nipple as a problem in 17 months). She now feeds 1st thing in the morning & before she goes to bed. Recently I've realised that I ask her if she wants milk before bed rather than letting her ask for it. Also she never really liked cows milk so I've stopped offering it to her at mealtimes. But I've got my 1st night away from her in a few weeks time & we're due to start ttcing again next month so today I've offered her cows milk at meal times (which she's gulped down) & then I offered it before bed. She didn't ask for my milk & has happily gone to sleep without it. I'm sure she'll want it in the morning but I think that's now going to be the only feed during the day. Feeling a little sad about it but I'm glad she's finally taken to cows milk & it content to go to sleep without my milk. It's strange to think I may soon be stopping feeding her but so pleased with how long we've lasted.
15/07/2013 at 21:10
It's natural to feel a bit sad but what an amazing gift you have given her - she's come such a long way with your milk and it sounds like it's going to be a relatively easy process to stop for you both. Well done on getting to this stage and good luck with TTC x
15/07/2013 at 22:18
Well done, and letting her stop when she was ready is great as your supply will probably be quite low now anyway you shouldn't get any problems after. We stopped at 12m and 2 weeks. My boy was down to just a bedtime feed and I suddenly realised that post-bath he was reaching for his bedtime books and not bedtime boobs, lol. He never looked back. It was a bit weird for me though as it seemed to happen before I was ready (iykwim). I had the odd 'urge' to feed him now and again for a couple of months after. No idea why, maybe it was a bonding thing? Fingers crossed I get a good experience again with #2
15/07/2013 at 22:27
Your story sounds similar to mine. A stopped at about the same age as your LO, I was already 6 months pregnant again though and I think the milk was changing back to colostrum. I'm glad she chose when to stop and really happy we kept going for so long.
L chose to stop at 13 months and I was really gutted. I'm so looking forward to feeding number 3.
You have done great and should enjoy the break before you have number 2 to feed x
15/07/2013 at 22:28
What a fab BF journey you've had. I stopped at 20m with H in a similar way - did don't offer/don't refuse after a night away and she stopped quite happily. Cutting down so gently (and in a baby led way) is so gentle on both of you - I never had any problems with engorgement as we stopped so gradually.
R is still on 2 feeds a day but I think we will be copying you soon - evening feeds are now less than 10 mins and more of a wriggle fest than anything so I may skip a feed one evening soon (unless she complains) and see how we go.
And just because I can, here's a link to one of my fave bits of writing on BFing: www.huffingtonpost.com/.../what-i-will-miss-about-breastfeeding_b_2118814.html
16/07/2013 at 04:42
What am amazing journey you have had.
SL - I just had a sob reading that. It is so beautiful x
16/07/2013 at 07:52
Well done on making it as long as you did! I only managed a month because of cracked nipples and a high demand from W. Good luck with TTC too! :-)
16/07/2013 at 17:46
Wow SL that really made me cry. My H thinks i am odd for having photos of P feeding but they only have that special look when bfing!
16/07/2013 at 21:40
You've done an amazing job, it sounds like it will come to a natural end for you both. I understand being sad about it though, I'm sure it will be odd for a while! Good luck TTC xx
16/07/2013 at 23:16
Lovely article & thanks for all the comments. It's gonna be strange when it's completely stopped but if she wants to stop that's what we'll do
17/07/2013 at 08:30
Well done in getting this far and it sounds like a good natural end.
Just to add that if you are TTC it might be a blessing as I can honestly say that BF when pregnant for me was one of the sorest things ever. I fed L until he was 19 months and for 9 of those months I was pregnant with E and it got progressively sorer and sorer as I got further into the pregnancy.
17/07/2013 at 09:21
You've done amazingly well x
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