This week’s Breastfeeding Blog Hop topic is weaning. Unless you put the word “self” in front of it, it’s a four letter word, in my opinion.
You know the whole “I cloth because I’m cheap and I breastfeed because I’m lazy?” Ha!
Anyone who has ever struggled to breastfeed or continued to nurse a gymnast of a toddler knows Breastfeeding is not for the lazy!
Given our immense supply issues in the beginning, I greatly value my ability to still nourish my child.
Bug turned sixteen months old a few days ago. She nurses upon awakening in the morning, in order to fall asleep for naps and bedtime and whenever she needs comforting.
Originally, Ash and I agreed on breastfeeding for a year. While I’m all for self-weaning, regardless of age, she’s not as comfortable with it as I am. However, we both realize and respect our daughter’s attachment and don’t want to traumatize her.
So, we’ve come up with some ideas for everyone’s well-being.
1.) We’re operate on a “don’t ask, don’t deny” theory.
2.) We are letting Bug wean when she’s ready.
3.) We make every attempt to prevent nursing in public. If she asks, we’ll try to refocus her, but if that doesn’t work, we don’t deny her.
4.) If she’s hurt or upset, I offer. Period.
5.) Personally, I don’t get offended or upset when someone comments about it being “time to wean”. I get it. She’s sixteen months and we’re entering the you’re STILL doing that??? zone.
Here’s the thing. The benefits are numerous and well, beneficial. And the detriments?
Well, you tell me!
Exactly why, in your opinion, is it time to wean? What are your thoughts on the matter?