I wasn’t sure how this would happen or how I would feel about it, but this weekend I officially weaned my daughter from nursing. She’ll be 10 months old this week and I’ve been weaning her for the past month. There are specific reasons for my weaning which I will let you know in a few weeks…but as for now, I just needed to wean her.
I was down to about 4 feedings a day and each week I took away a feeding. My daughter has been using a sippy cup for a while now this was a pretty easy transition. I decided to just skip the bottle so I wouldn’t have to wean her off that too. My pediatrician said it was ok at her 9 month appointment to give her whole cow’s milk which is what we did. She hated formula! Which I’m kind of glad because that stuff is expensive! She didn’t love milk at first. She would taste it and stick out her tongue. My daughter is very expressive…But now she’ll drink at least 2 sippy cups full a day and we’re working on getting her to drink a third.
So this last week we were down to just the morning feeding because that one seemed to be the one that was most important for her. Sunday morning we got up to get ready for church and Alan gave her breakfast. She didn’t really seem to notice that I wasn’t feeding her first. I think she noticed a little more this morning when I was the one feeding her breakfast and she was a little fussy, but it worked out ok. She still had a good breakfast.
So she’s weaned! The only thing is…I’m going through a little pain in the process. It started last night and hasn’t really eased up. I’ve tried icing and I took a warm shower, but it’s still uncomfortable. I read online that it should start to ease up after 48 hours…well I’m after 48 hours…
I would love any tips or suggestions!
Overall I feel pretty good about the weaning process. We took our time and my daughter is handling it very well. I’ll miss our little bonding time, but my daughter is becoming more of a snuggler so that’s been really nice. I highly suggest nursing to anyone! Not only do you bond with your child, but they get nourishment and receive antibodies that they couldn’t get with formula. If you have the opportunity, definitely nurse if you can! Yes those first few weeks can be frustrating and oh so painful, but I was glad I worked through it!
And now she eats all by herself! Time sure flies!
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