Weaning my breastfed baby: We did it!

Dear Baby Z,

It has been a few weeks since we started night weaning you, and oh boy what a challenging few nights we had at the start. You are now completely weaned off breast milk, and what a journey it has been. To tell you the truth, even though Daddy and I wanted to be as gentle as possible, I was expecting you to cry yourself to sleep, at least for the first few nights. But you never fail to amaze me, because you actually did really well!

You only cried for a few minutes, though of course for me it was still so heartbreaking to watch, quite akin to torture actually. After that you sat in bed, resisting sleep but ever so ready to doze off, untill eventually about 15 minutes later you plonked onto your side, fast asleep. After that first night, it only got easier, and you finally understood that you simply had to drink water from your straw cup if you wanted any form of hydration. I was still there for the cuddles, and I gave you plenty of extra cuddles and kisses through out the day too. I will be sure to only increase that as you get older.

It was emotionally and physically very difficult for me to make that first step. Daddy did a great job of supporting me, especially by getting me a huge pack of my favourite Cadbury: Dairy Milk with Hazelnut! (Yum yum!). I was worried that once you were night weaned, our bond would perhaps weaken. Once again you’ve surprised me by returning many hearty hugs and giving the sloppiest of kisses, and increasing the dose of early morning snuggles! I am also surprised at how fast you weaned, which only means that you were ready and it was the right time to go for it.

I am so proud of breastfeeding you for as long as we did (a little over a year), and I am safe in the knowledge that I have given you the best start in life I possibly could. Now that you are weaned off breast milk, it does mean that I have to keep a closer eye on your food intake throughout the day. We weren’t so serious about breakfasts before, but now they are absolutely crucial to starting your day. I am also trying to pack in as many healthy, nutritious and beneficial food groups into you as possible, to replace the gold dust that is breast milk. This of course means that I spend half my time scrolling through healthy toddler diet plans on Pinterest, but hey that’s just the mummy in me! Thankfully, you are a great eater at the moment, and I really have nothing to worry about since you are always stuffing your face, going as far as demanding food that others are eating around you!

I suppose in some respects, weaning you was more challenging for me than it was for you (or maybe you just took it really well!?), in the sense that I had this emotional battle going on inside me. But now that we are at the other end, I am so proud. Proud of you, my little monkey. Proud of us. Proud of having survived weaning! We did it!

Now I suppose I better start reading up on Potty Training! Hmph!

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19 Comments

  • Elizabeth September 8, 2015 at 9:24 am

    That’s a big moment! So happy that things went well for you both 🙂 #twinklytuesday

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    • MOMM September 8, 2015 at 10:12 am

      Thank you! I am so glad and relieved too!

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  • tamtam012013 September 8, 2015 at 11:46 am

    Aww, I love that you wrote a letter rather than just a post. Mabrook!

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    • MOMM September 8, 2015 at 2:03 pm

      Hehe thank you! I am relieved, though a little sad at the same time.

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  • The Mommy Behind The Pen September 8, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    Congratulations! I’m so glad your son transitioned well. I had the same concerns with my son about our bond weakening. But it only gets stronger as they get older 🙂 .

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    • MOMM September 8, 2015 at 2:04 pm

      Thank you so much! Yes, that was probably my biggest concern, but thankfully I have been proved wrong by my little man. ?

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  • hibabyblog September 8, 2015 at 8:24 pm

    I’m glad it was realtively painless, hope it goes as well for me 🙂 Great job on BF for so long x #tt

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    • MOMM September 9, 2015 at 7:17 am

      Thank you! Wishing you the best for weaning too! ?

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  • min1980 September 8, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    I’m sure that when the time comes, weaning will be more difficult for me than for the little one too! I’m worried about losing that bond so glad to hear that it’s been fine for you.

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    • MOMM September 9, 2015 at 7:18 am

      Haha yes, it’s perhaps more heartbreaking for us, but don’t worry, I am sure your little one will give you plenty of cuddles to compensate too.

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  • crazy grad mama September 9, 2015 at 3:08 am

    Thanks for the positive story! We just started partially weaning my little guy (the goal is to cut back to only nursing in the morning and evening), and I’ve got a lot of emotions about it. I didn’t expect to be sad, but I am.

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    • MOMM September 9, 2015 at 7:20 am

      You’re welcome! Breastfeeding becomes such a massive part of the bond that mother and child share that it truly is heart breaking when it has to come to an end. I hope weaning goes well for you, and in my opinion, doing it slowly is definietely the best way to go.

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  • Caro | The Twinkles Mama September 12, 2015 at 9:53 am

    Aah well done lovely! That’s a giant leap and it sounds like you both did it beautifully! I’m in the potty training phase at the moment — thankfully only one twin seems to be interested so I’ve been given a reprieve and am not having to do both at the same time!! 😉 Thanks so much for linking up with us #TwinklyTuesday

    Caro | http://www.thetwinklediaries.co.uk

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    • MOMM September 13, 2015 at 1:40 pm

      Thank you! It sure is a giant leap indeed. All the best for the potty training, and it really must be a relief that you train them one at a time, rather than both! Thanks for hosting!

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  • Jannah November 1, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    Can I ask you a question, What made you decide to wean him? Im a working mom of 19months boy and still breastfeeding.

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    • MOMM November 2, 2015 at 1:09 pm

      Hi! It’s great to know that you are still breastfeeding, and I would urge you to carry on if that is what you feel is right and makes you and baby boy happy. Personally, I decided to wean for several reasons. My mummy instinct told me that Baby Z was ready to be weaned since he was only breastfeeding to sleep out of habit. Also, his teeth were beginning to get rather painful for me, and although I enjoyed my breastfeeding time with him so much, I also felt ready to close that chapter. Along with that, I wanted to visit back home UK for a holiday with a weaned baby, so worked towards that as a goal. Please do not feel pressured into weaning your child, and do what is best for you both, like I did what felt was right for mine. Hope this answered your question. Feel free to contact me if you have further queries.

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