Then and now – How our breastfeeding relationship has changed

Posted 03-20-2013 at 07:39 AM by whitneywalters

My twenty month daughter is still nursing. This is the longest I have breastfed a child so far. My other three children were weaned at eighteen months. It was partially them and partially me when it came to the weaning.

With my oldest I had tried to wean him before his little sister was born, they are only 15 months apart. He broke his leg shortly before hand and there was no way I was going to try to wean him while he was dealing with that. I ended up nursing him for three months after she was born and then one day he just decided he was done.

My second was not really wanting to wean, I was pregnant at the time and I just did not want to nurse anymore. I started weaning her around sixteen months and by eighteen months she was ready to stop without a fight.  My third was about the same way.

Now that Amelia is older and I am not pregnant, I decided that I am not in a huge hurry to wean her. While I have my days, like when she likes to use my breast as a teething ring, overall I am still happy with our breastfeeding relationship.

Amelia has been very attached to nursing since birth. She seemed to nurse around the clock for the first couple months of her life. Of course she would nurse because she was hungry but also when ever she was hurt, scared or upset by something. When she was teething she nursed all the time. She got RSV when she was a tiny baby and again she nursed all the time. It has gotten a little better now that she is older but she is still very attached to nursing. She still nurses several times a day, I am wanting to cut it back a little just to make it easier when I do decide to wean.

She started sleeping through most nights when she was only a few months old. Now that she is going on two, she will still wake on occasion and want to nurse in the middle of the night. That is one thing I am trying to break her of. We are cosleepers when the kids are babies, she starts the night off in her crib now but if she wakes, I take her to bed with me. This happens a couple times a week ( while her three year old sister still climbs into our bed every night ). Now Amelia wakes up I try offering a sippy cup to her and take her into my bed. Sometimes this works, sometimes it does not. I am hoping with a little bit more time she will either stop waking up in the middle of the night or will take the sippy every time.

She has also started falling asleep by being rocked by my husband. This is a new thing. When she was little daddy was good for play time but she did not want to fall asleep on him. She always wanted to nurse to sleep. Now she is happy a lot of time to lay in his lap with a sippy and go to bed.

I am not sure yet how much longer I will nurse her. I am just going to take it day by day. We will know when the time is right.


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One Response to “Then and now – How our breastfeeding relationship has changed”

  1. NewMommy6111 on March 21st, 2013 12:09 pm

    I love, love, love the milky smile in pic 2. I’m nursing my 20 Month old DS. I night-weaned him at 15 months or so. It was tough, but he was able to understand that big boys don’t nursies at night night times. Talk about it with her a lot in the daytime. You’re doing a great job breastfeeding this long! Our goal is 2, but he only nurses every couple days so I’m not sure we will make it

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