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Breastfeeding update - Time to wean


So I've been meaning to write a breastfeeding update for ages as I think the last update I did was at 10 months. Never did I think I'd get past the year mark, or that I'd still be breastfeeding now - 15 months on. I'm proud of myself for sticking at something that can be so difficult and draining and coming out the other side and getting to experience the wonderful side of breastfeeding too. However with that being said the plan to begin weaning has been formed and I have an end goal in sight and as a result this will probably be our last ever breastfeeding photo.

 I like how raw and honest this photo is. It's not some beautiful arty breastfeeding photo (although there's nothing wrong with those - they're lovely.) It shows me in joggers at 3 in the afternoon. A messy mirror, a carpet that could really do with a hoover complete with plastic toy dinosaurs, and a make you want to rip your ears off singing Elsa wand. It's hectic. It's real. It's life with kids. & it really sums up what breastfeeding for me has been - snatched moments of quiet within the madness.

I'll miss it and I'm not really sure what it is that's prompted me into deciding to wean now, at this stage. Maybe its the realisation that summer is coming and it's time to get my body back for myself, at long last. Maybe it's the fact that Archer is 15 months and doesn't NEED to feed anymore. He drinks out of a beaker on a regular basis and eats plenty and breastfeeding is more of a habit than necessity at this stage.

If I'm honest with myself I think my decision to feed past a year has been partly for an easy life as it felt much less complicated to keep feeding him and stick to our routine. On top of that a big part of me is trying to cling desperately on to his baby years and the thought of stopping breastfeeding feels a whole lot like letting go of that stage for good. The final shutting of the metaphorical door sign posted 'baby stage' and into the abyss of 'toddler years.'

But it's time to move on to the next stage now, it's the right thing to do and I know it's for the best.

My next bf'ing update will be letting you all know how the weaning has gone - how successful/unsuccessful it's been and the logistics behind how I've gone about stopping (because right now I don't have a bloody clue how to go about it, I've not been organised enough to think of a plan of action yet..!)

Wish me luck! 
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4 comments

  1. Good luck lovely. Well done for feeding for so long! I've decided to start weaning Freddie around 12 months or mix feed at 1 with cows milk. Hope it goes well for you x

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    1. Thankyou & good plan! I think it gets harder to stop after the 12 month mark tbh xx

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  2. Good luck lovely! Such a beautiful photo too, really captures such a real moment xx

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