The time has come where my job is done. Time for baby to go out into the world and detach from the teet.
I am feeling a little more sentimental about this than I originally thought I would, which is probably why I haven't given up my morning snuggle boob suckle sesh.
This breast feeding thing was something I decided I was passionate about and was going to succeed at come hell or high water. So now I have made it, made it to one year, acheieved my goal, and it is wean time. I don't know why I can't get a clear answer on how this should be done from anyone, everyone is soooo touchy feely about it like "whatever feels best" "whatever works for you and baby." Welp, I dont know what works I have never done this before. Are my boobs supposed to turn into crystal balls and guide me to a milk free promised land?
So I am basically just making the shit up as we go. Not basically. Literally.
Started this passed Thurday.
Day one: Thursday. Nursed in the morning. Pumped. Sent to daycare with instructions to give 4 oz bottles containing precisely 3oz bosom nectar and 1oz of Bessy's best, with meals and then as needed between.
Pumped at lunch. No night time pump session. Clogged duct. Misery.
Day two: Friday. Nursed in the morning. No pumping. Bottles the creameast 1/2 you have ever seen. (1/2 boob milk 1/2 whole= 2oz of each). No pumping done at all this day. Nursed at bedtime.
Day three: Saturday. You can probably catch my trend here. 3oz of utter expressed goodness, 1oz of momma's milk. No pumping. (Today)
Day four: Sunday. Nursed in the morning 4oz of the dairyland's best per bottle. No fresh expressed. No pumping.
Day five: Monday, attempt to stay the course and let the milk dry up. Possible nursing session in the morning and the cheap immitation for the rest of the day....and so on and so forth. I think I will give a breast milk morning bottle until my supply is gone, which woulf bring us to about Thursday, a full week of transition.
Today is Saturday, so check back on the Insta to see it if I stayed the course. @_cryingoverspilledmilk
Like I said, I made this shit up based on pretty much word of mouth from people who have gone through it, because like I said I couldn't find what I was looking for on the topic. So please check with your doctor/ped to see what they recommend. So far, this is working for me.
I have 10oz in the freezer and 10oz in the fridge, so technically I dont need to pump anymore. But I might, just because I didn't this my last pump session would be my last so I don't have any closure ha ha. I think I need some alone time to say my goodbyes to my Medela, she was a hard worker.
Note: Babygirl started drinking significantly less milk during the day and eating substantially more real people food right as she turned a year. I was ready, and I think this was her showing me that she is ready too. So, I guess I sort of believe people now when they say that you "both make the decision when the time is right" even though this is a little touchy/feely for my taste. I'll give ya this one bleeding hearts.
Shauna Hyler, mommy of two beautiful girls! Working, blogging, and adventuring with the hubby and my sweet girls.