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May 2, 2014 / thegirlwhotooktheleap

Starting my weaning journey, and transitioning from co-sleeping to crib

I would like to document the journey I am about to embark upon. Breastfeeding was not really something I was set on doing when I got pregnant. I was formula-fed as a child and I feel like I grew up healthy and turned okay, so I never had any qualms about formula. Plus, my mom and I have an amazing bond so I never felt that her not breastfeeding me (she’s a working mom-still is!) affected our relationship. But through all the information I got from my mom groups like Cafemom, and information from my midwife and doula about the benefits of breastfeeding, I decided that I would at least give it a go. Well when Johnny was born, he took to nursing right away, and although it was a pain I kept at it. I suffered through engorgements, plugged ducts, pumping at work but never regretted my decision to nurse. Johnny was always a slow weight-gainer, but it was steady so I knew that my breastmilk was doing its job. There were days when I had to supplement due to low pumping supply, but that didn’t faze me. Johnny took to the boob and bottle like a champ, and drank formula just as much as breastmilk. And when I was tired of pumping, I even found a milk donor to supplement just so I could reach a year of him being mostly EBF. Lucky for me Johnny was a late teether and he did not get his first tooth until 13 months, and by 14 months he has 4 teeth. Well now the dynamics seem to be changing. Nursing used to be something we both loved, but somehow I find myself resenting it more and more, and I feel that its really starting to take a toll on me. He still constantly nurses at night, maybe every 1-2 hours, and I am finally at a point where I just want to sleep. Also, he has been biting me and chaffing my nipple, and I dread the time when he latches and unlatches. I feel that this is hurting our bond and relationship as I am not looking forward to our nursing sessions anymore. I’ve decided to try and slowly wean him, gently and patiently. How? I have no clue to be honest. But for my sanity, I must at least try, and I would also like to start transitioning him to his own pack and play instead of our bed. Not because we don’t want him in bed with us, but because of space issues and well, I think it will help with the night-nursing weaning. I will try to do it by cutting back a session or two at first. I will see how it goes, but I will keep you all updated. I know it will be hard, and it will take time, and I will probably be very sad when this does happen, but at the same time I am very proud of myself that we have made it this far. 🙂

Moms, I would love to hear your stories of how you did it!

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