Initially, I took a slow and step-by-step approach to weaning Abby from breastfeeding. When that sort of came to a standstill I decided to take a leap and quit cold turkey; while not offering to nurse, I would not refuse if she asked.
Today is day twelve of my full time weaning efforts. I am happy to report that Abby is doing fantastic! I am really proud of how well she has done. She has accepted drinking milk out of a cup at night if she asks for milk.
Abby has not once asked to nurse, which really has surprised me, but just goes to prove my suspicion that she was wanting to breastfeed at night out of habit and for comfort rather out of necessity.
It is so nice and so much more convenient to not have to pump each day. Since I was taking certain medications I would have to pump before coming home to Abby or if I had a migraine I would have to pump if I took my migraine medicine.
It feels very liberating to no longer be breastfeeding. After so long it really began to feel like a chore. I loved to do it, and I am happy I was able to do it for so long, but it wore on me after a certain point.
I thought that perhaps my breasts would become engorged and I would feel uncomfortable, but that has never happened. I noticed when I became pregnant again that my nipples were constantly sore, no matter if I used ice, lanolin, or time without nursing pads or a bra, nothing I did made them feel better. Now all the soreness has completely disappeared. I think my body was as ready to quit as I was mentally.
I’m really happy with how we are progressing, but we’ll continue to take it one day, one step at a time.