An End to a Beautiful Year of Nursing.

Darylann - posted on 10/27/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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As of today, I have not nursed my Lily Belle for three and a half days! She is doing really well. She has been eating solid foods for months and months and drinking from a sippy cup since she was 5 months old. Nursing has been her naptime and bedtime crutch for some time now. I finally told my husband that it was time for me to stop nursing since she was sleeping through the night. We started enforcing a bedtime and a nap time with no nursing, just milk in her sippy, brush her teeth, read a story or two and then off to bed with her blankie and her Violet Leap Frog Puppy playing bedtime music for 10 minutes. She is doing great! Only a minute or two of a little crying and then she sleeps from 930pm to 9am, and naps for two to three hours a day. I am so happy that I finally have my boobs back!! Hopefully I can start to feel more like myself instead of "mommy" ALL the time!

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Darylann - posted on 10/28/2010

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Christina, Thank you so much for understanding! I got Lily Belle to sleep through the night by using the cry out method after she was dressed and ready for bed, we used soothing methods of reading, low lights and sounds, and watching for the signs of her being ready to sleep. We read to her until she starts to yawn and then its off to bed for her. This wasn't possible until the last month when we moved into a beautifully quiet neighborhood. Now that we have the quiet, we can set our own schedule for Lily and she has taken so well to weaning and bedtime and sleeping all night long. Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child by Dr. Weissbluth is a FABULOUS book that explains the method and a few other options if you just can't hear your baby cry. Its a great source of information and truly understands the inner turmoil mommies go through when they aren't getting enough sleep because their baby isn't getting enough sleep. It was so helpful in our journey of getting Lily to bed at night and sleeping on a schedule. She used to be up until midnight or later and up at 5 or 6 because of our "apartment neighbors". I am so thankful for her sleep schedule now! I have the energy to do anything during the day and don't feel like i HAVE to crash as soon as she naps during the day. Its so good to get back to having time for me.

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Jessica - posted on 10/28/2010

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congrats on breastfeeding for a year!!!!!
I weaned my daughter at 13 mos (started at 12 mos and took a month to do) so I know how you feel.
I know alot of people want you to go past 12 months, but you need to do what's best for you and your baby. 12 months is great - many moms don't make it that long and you should be proud of youself. I'm proud of myself!!!

Darylann - posted on 10/28/2010

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I wanted to stop feeding her because she eats people food and drinks from a cup. She doesn't NEED me to breastfeed her anymore. I feel more like myself now, because I have my body back to myself. I can finally go on a date night with my husband and have a martini before dinner. I can edit my diet so that I can eat all the wonderful spicy foods that I love that makes Lily have an upset tummy from nursing. I get to feel more like myself and not like I am only Lily's Mommy 24/7. Does that make sense? Since the day she was born, I fed her, bathed her,put her to sleep....my husband didn't do much of those things because Lily was very precise on what she wanted out of those things. Now that she is weaned she seems to be more open to Daddy or Grandma or Aunt & Uncle jumping in and she is not relying soley on Mommy doing all the work. I enjoy raising our daughter, please don't get me wrong, but everyone needs a break now and again.

Christina - posted on 10/27/2010

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I completly understand, my boy is five months old and i am breastfeeding him and i always feel the pressure is all on me. i love doing it but once and awhile i love to be me not just the mommy. congrats on breast feeding a year. how did u get ur girl to sleep through the night?

Angela - posted on 10/27/2010

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Huh???? You are always going to feel like "mommy" whether you give your Lily the breast or not!... Sorry, I am a little confuffled about your post. Its great that you breastfed for a year but I just don't understand your want to stop. Sorry! Good luck having your boobs back!

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