dd2 was born at 35 weeks and was tube fed for a week during which time I expressed and worked hard to get her to learn how to breastfeed. I am extremely proud of how she and I managed to breastfeed. at just over a year old dd was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and again it was breastfeeding that saw us through some really tough times- when we lay down in bed together to feed dd no longer felt disabled, with breastfeeding she was on an equal footing with other children.
Dd has always adored breastfeeding and so have I - back in march at her 2nd birthday she was feeding around 10 times in 24 hours, most of which were at night. I decided I needed to do something about it and told her that night feeds were finished but that she could feed in the day. We had a few rough nights but we were both ready and she soon started sleeping through the night.
In the last few weeks she had been waking earlier and earlier - between 4-5am and demanding to be fed - she would then languish at the breast until about 7am when I kicked her off! One day last week I woke up and decided I didn't want to feed her in the morning anymore - again a couple of days of fuss then she stopped asking.
So last week I was still feeding her for her daytime nap and before we got ready for bed - I fully intended to keep feeding her at bedtime and in the day but... she hasn't asked to feed since Friday lunch time - I thought I'd feel really pleased but tbh I feel a bit sad - she's a happy loving toddler and I know that self-weaning is all part of the process - it just feels very very strange indeed. I always assumed I'd have to forceably evict her from my breasts but it looks like she's done it all by herself - tell me how proud I should be - at the moment I feel quite lost.
I didnt want to leave your post unanswered, you should be very proud of what you have achieved and the love and care you have given your daughter, she is obviously ready to be independant and you should be proud of her for recognising that herself. Well done for BF for so long, enjoy having your boobs back to yourself!!!!
thank you - yes, I am proud of dd for being able to make that leap herself - to think only 4 months ago I was tearing my hair out and thought she'd never ever stop. And all the well meaning relatives who told me I HAD to stop otherwise dd would be feeding when she was 30.