Monday, June 6, 2011

The End of our Breastfeeding Journey: 17 months

Well, we almost made my goal of 18 months. It's close enough that I truly do consider it met. We made it 17 months in breastfeeding!

*insert cheer, yay, rah rah rah, boom, and assorted other huzzah's*

When we went on vacation the first part of May, we were so busy my son didn't really have the opportunity to nurse much. And he wasn't asking for it. After a week and a half of nursing maybe once or twice a day, I figured he was done.

We got back home and I was surprised when he wanted to nurse frequently again. Unfortunately by that point, what little milk I may have had left was greatly reduced. Add that to the fact he was cutting teeth and it was painful. I wished he would just be done!

Fast forward to tonight. Tonight was a rough night for the little man. He was overtired and those darn teeth still hurting. There was much screaming for 2 hours straight. When the tempest passed, he decided he wanted me. Not daddy. Which was unusual. So I thought maybe he wanted to nurse?(That's generally why he chooses me over Dad!)

Nope. He just wanted to lay in my arms and snuggle while I sang softly to him.

There's a part of me that wants to cry. To hang on for dear life to my baby. He is growing up so fast! And he won't be the baby of the family for much longer. We have such a different bond, he and I, than what I understood could be had when my daughter was a baby. I know I am afraid to lose that with him when #3 is born.

All that and I'm so thankful we were able to breastfeed as long as we did. It was only thanks to the love and support I received from many women I've never met in real life! My only hope is to pay it forward to other mothers who also wish to breastfeed their babies. Having done both, bottle and breast, I will say from my experience there is no comparison to the joy you receive from knowing your body is nourishing your baby in the healthiest way possible. If able, you won't regret it!

My Prince

5 comments:

Julie said...

LOVE this post! Especially the last line. :)

Don't fret. Nothing can EVER mess with a bond once it's forged. Nothing! I wondered how relationships would change with the addition of each of our wee ones...and they all continue to grow stronger in unique ways. Even with challenges, the bond still grows.

Get excited, because the bond you have with THIS baby will be different yet again. Children are amazing...you learn over and over again about love.

I treasure the candidness and authenticity of your posts. You are such a wonderful mother.

Krysta said...

Awww, that was really sweet. Congratulations! You did a great job!

stacythemagnificentmommy said...

Thank you, Julie! That really means a lot to me. And a great way to look at it- they are unique bonds. Not one better or worse than the other.

Motherhood(parenthood in general) is such a challenging but rewarding experience, for sure. =)

Thanks, Krysta, too!

Jen said...

Congrats! 17 months is an amazing accomplishment!

Terra said...

What an amazing journey! Thank you for sharing! I'm currently nursing my soon to be 3 year old [turning 3 on Thursday!]. He shows no signs of weaning but I often think of the day when it comes and how bitter sweet it will be.

I so agree. I too did bottle and breast [bottle with my first essentially because I didn't want to try harder :( ]...and it is truly a whole other experience with my second son :) I'm so thankful to have done it!

 
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