Not long ago, June said goodbye to nursing.
This was the 6th baby I’ve weaned, so it wasn’t too shocking to me. My body stops producing a lot of milk around the baby’s first birthday and my babies have each let me know — in subtle and not-so-subtle ways — that nursing was no longer as compelling as other food sources. : )
I’m not a very sentimental person. My sister said she think my brain works like a man’s, more practical and problem-solving. And I think she’s right. But I felt very emotional when I realized June was giving up on nursing. (I’m starting to cry right this minute as I think about it.)
I kept trying to really pay attention during those last few nursing sessions — not knowing which would be the final one. I watched her little curling fingers and felt her little tummy against mine. I kept thinking I should ask Ben Blair to take a picture so I would have a record of it — but then I couldn’t bring myself to interrupt the sweet moment. (Dang! I wish I had a photo.)
It’s hard to imagine I won’t nurse a baby again. So strange. And the funny thing is, nursing isn’t even something I adore. I’ve nursed all my babies, but if I hadn’t been able to, I don’t think I would have minded much at all. I guess that’s why I’ve been thrown off by this emotional reaction to weaning June.
Maybe it’s something about feeling like it’s the end of an era for me.
What do you think? What is weaning like for you?
P.S. — I snapped these photos of June on her first birthday, right after we cleaned all the lemon tart from her hair.
158 thoughts on “Weaning June”
ah, la “giraffe sophie” as a birthday guest. my boys loved it too.
I’m not sure if you can move to France and not buy Sophie the Giraffe. It’s like an unwritten law. : )
Thinking of you and sending love! I can tell you I definitely go through blues when I nurse. Worse than postpartum. Good for you for nursing six for each a year! WOW!
I should clarify my exception: Maude nursed for 6 months. She would have nursed longer, but my body stopped making milk. I blame it on stress, but who knows?
I nursed my first 2 children for 13 and 14 months but the third for only 11 since she got thrush in her mouth and it was too painful, by the time she had recovered she wanted nothing to do with nursing and I had dried off cold turkey!!! It really upset me but my mother who only bottle fed couldnt understand it at all.
I knew I wasnt having any more children so it was a bittersweet end to that part of parenting.
I remember crying and feeling so sad when my oldest daughter wanted to stopped breast feeding – I even called my husband at work, almost hoping he could get her to want more – how weird was that!!!
My next she needed more than I could give her so it seemed just natural and ok!! We still had special times together when she fed from her bottle!!
And with my 3 year old twin boys, I feel soooo sad, I can hardly even remember the end of feeding them (they were nearly a year – how I did that I don’t know!!!). I do remember their joy in biting me – so maybe it seemed just perfect timing!!!
It is the most special thing you can do – a bond that no one else can know – so it is no wonder you are feeling so emotional!!! X
I hear you. We’re just approaching the introduction of solid food at 6 months, which shouldn’t be a big deal and should be very exciting. I’ve got that same kind of brain, and yet can’t help but thinking that this is just another step towards the direction of my daughter needing me just a little bit less. But I’d like to console myself in thinking she’ll love me just a little bit more for it.
Growth is so bittersweet!
I think it is called “living in the moment.” You have been given a wonderful gift (six children to nurse), a powerful one, and you are in the moment enough to recognize its value. So it is a happy-sad moment. I look at my four now adult children and can hardly remember the days I nursed them all (12-18mos), but I am very glad I did.
As someone who has been nursing for 2 years straight now and recently moved from toddler straight to newborn (and sometimes back to toddler again), this little piece tugged at my heartstrings. Whether you enjoy nursing or not, there is something miraculous about being able to nourish your children and help them grow. You’ve done a marvellous job to nurse 6 babies!
Ah, that bit about her little tummy on yours…brought it all flooding back. Emotional or not, I think you’d have to be an automaton not to be moved by the very end of nourishing your babes. But on the positive side, hooray for having your boobs back for yourself!
First of all, a shout out to Sophie (also a favourite in the UK) – my daughter just loves her and probably wouldn’t have survived teething without her so, “Yay for Sophie!!!”
My daughter’s still breastfeeding at 14 months but only at bedtime and whenever she awakes during the night. She’s my first so I’m hardly an authority on when and how to stop but I do generally follow her lead.
I always knew I’d breastfeed but I never dreamed I’d still be going strong 14 months later! I’ve loved every minute of it and I’ll definitely miss doing it and have that whole end-of-an-era feeling just as you do (I too have considered taking a photo for posterity, Gabrielle!). Trouble is, we’re planning on having another baby quite soon ……………..
Anyone ever breastfed while pregnant? Eeeeek! :O
I nursed while pregnant. This is actually how I found out I was pregnant with number 2. I hadn’t yet had a period after my first, and just assumed I wasn’t ovulating. One day it became somewhat uncomfortable to latch on my baby. And it would not go away. I thought it was thrush or something, so I went to the doctor. Pregnancy never even crossed my mind! So the doc obviously saw I didn’t have thrush, asked if I could possibly be pregnant–I told him the situation, and he just laughed. Took a test, and yep. My first two are 17 months apart. I continued nursing for a few more months, until I was about 20 weeks. I didn’t have any problems, just make sure you are eating plenty good, nutritious food!
I’ve heard of many people who breastfed while pregnant. As long as you are getting enough nutrition, it is fine. I expected to continue nursing my daughter when I became pregnant with my second child, but my milk pretty much dried up towards the end of my 1st trimester. My daughter was about 20 months at that point, though, so it was fine time for her to wean, and neither of us had a hard time with it.
I also breastfed my first til I was 5 months pregnant with my second. She was easy to wean at that point. She was 20 months old.
I nursed all the way through my second pregnancy (then tandem-nursed the toddler and newborn for 6 months) and then nursed most of the way through pregnancies #3 and #4. Most of my friends do as well (amounting to dozens and dozens of pregnancies! :) ), and it’s not a concern unless one has issues with pre-term labor, in which case the nipple stimulation of nursing triggers labor. You’ll do fine nutritionally as long as you’re not starving yourself. My nurslings and babies in utero somehow managed to thrive even during my first trimester I-can-only-bring-myself-to-eat-Doritoes-and-soda episodes! :)
I nursed my son all the way through my pregnancy. It was a bit uncomfortable, and the milk was mostly gone by around five mos. He kept nursing twice a day for a few minutes. U was basically too lazy to go through the hassle of weaning him! Now I have two nurselings and it’s awesome. I thought it would be harder but my son is three now and still only nurses five min at wak-up and at bedtime so he doesn’t I teeters with the baby too much.
I nursed for 3 months while pregnant. My son was 15 months old and I was just entering my second trimester when he decided he was done. It wasn’t a big deal for him at all, and not a huge deal for me either since I had another baby on the way. My second baby I struggled and struggled to nurse and we had lots of tearful moments–my theory is that I didn’t get enough rest or fluids or nutritious food with two little ones at home and my milk production suffered. I made it to a year with her by the skin of my teeth. By then she was completely done with that drama and never looked back.
I’m expecting my third any day now and am wondering what nursing him or her will be like. A piece of cake and mutually enjoyable with a pleasant ending, like it was with my son? Or way too wrought with emotions and frustration like it was with my daughter? I’m hoping I’ll be better this time at taking care of myself so that it will be a better experience for everyone.
Nursing can be wonderful; even if it is difficult or you have to end sooner than you’d like, it is still satisfying to know that you are giving what only you can give. Of course, as someone said, feeding your baby a bottle is also a very sweet experience. Either way they grow up, feed themselves, cross all kinds of bridges without you and I would imagine that weaning your last child would carry all the emotions and symbolism of that fact.
Funny, I wrote a post about my second child weaning but I was too emotional to publish it. I nursed both of my babies and with my son it was no easy feat since at the age of 6 months we discovered he had food allergies. I immediately began a non-dairy and egg-free diet. It would have made sense that 7 months later when it was time to wean I would have been over the moon to break my “fast” and yet there I was holding him and crying. (Even after I stopped I couldn’t look at milk or eggs and still don’t eat them to the degree I once did). Even though I too don’t consider nursing one of my favorite things it is definitely one of my greatest accomplishments. To know that I alone was granted the miraculous ability to nourish and sustain my child with no external help is pretty awe inspiring. I think weaning was the realization that I had made it and now my baby didn’t just need my nourishment, making him vulnerable to the world. I realize writing this that I was not upset emotionally, I was proud (and probably a little hungry!).
Oh, Gabby, please be gentle with yourself during this time and marvel at the beautiful baby you have nourished.
My first I nursed to 18 months — my milk supply dwindled during pregnancy — and my daughter decided she’d rather have a book read to her instead. :) My son was nursed until about a year when I started getting the “creepy crawlies”. Ultimately, I am left with a not-so-sweet memory of our nursing time together and how it ended.
i can definitely relate to your feelings…despite some huge differences (i’m in a somewhat extended weaning situation with my first baby, a boy, and am normally a very emotional person about everything). the fact that so many very different people know exactly what you’re going through probably speaks to some universal truths about nursing and the nursing process. nursing was difficult for me at first, because it was so painful. it took a long time to be comfortable. then i really enjoyed it for a while. sometime after he turned 1 we introduced cow’s milk, and i weaned him to the point where i wouldn’t have to pump during the day (so only nursing first thing in the morning and before bed at night). now he’s 14 mo and we’re even cutting back at night, allowing my husband to spend quiet time with him before bed so that he gets used to different people putting him down. honestly, i think i’m done since i’m not enjoying it as much as i used to. but every time i start to convince myself that it’s time to cut out these final feedings (that he doesn’t seem to really care much about, either way), i get emotional and decide to keep them…just a little longer :)
I remember weaning my last of my five babies. It was bittersweet. I loved nursing my kiddos. Such sweet, precious times with them. God’s design is amazing, isn’t it?
I know what you mean – I’m pregnant with our third, and last child, and I sort of get choked up thinking that this will be last time being pregnant – even though I KNOW that’s what I/we want – so I’m really trying to enjoy each day as it comes. :)
June is adorable!
Weaning my third and last was so hard for me too and I felt the same way about nursing you did. I think it’s because with every milestone if the last milestone with ‘the baby’. Pallas is turning three this summer and I dutifully cleaned out more baby clothes yesterday, crying as I handed them over to be donated even as I celebrated my thriving, beautiful girls.
Oh G, this made me all teary. And funny enough, this morning at breakfast Laurel was just asking me to tell her the story about her self-weaning (she said, “No! Blueberries please!” when she was done).
This makes me think I should try to get some pictures of me nursing little Vi…
my 3 kids have told me when they are ready to stop nursing a bit before the year mark, & i’ve been totally fine with it. i’m expecting our last baby next month, and i just know that i’ll feel the same way that you’re feeling now- about a year from now. something about knowing it’s a closed chapter. as in, reading a good book. you don’t need to read it again, but it’s nice to sit for a moment and reflect back on all the parts that made it so good.
Very touching. Just did a post on the 50th anniversary of la giraffe sophie ;)
when my third was 11 months old my husband and i went away for a week. i brought a pump with me because i intended to keep up my supply and continue nursing when i came home. when we arrived at our hotel and i pulled out the pump i realized i had forgotten two crucial pieces. i burst into uncontrollable sobs. i knew i would be sad when i was done nursing, but i wasn’t expecting to be a huge blubbering mess.
long story short, i managed to rig up the pump well enough to work and 24 hours after we arrived back home convinced my baby to nurse again. he is still happily nursing a month later and i hope we will last a few more months at least.
i won’t be quite as upset when he weans because i just found out we’re expecting our fourth, so at least i know i can give it another round!
You are amazing to have nursed 6 children. Wow! I just weaned too with my 2nd – it was a very different experience than my 1st who literally howled if the boob got near her. I spent weeks trying to make it work & then pumped for 10 months when it didn’t. I vowed not to make it such a big deal with the 2nd – and of course he nursed like a champ. But I could have done formula without guilt and when it came time to wean at 13 months, I was ready!! (sorry if this is over sharing!)
This post couldn’t be more timely for me. Earlier this week I decided the timing was finally right and after a few months of slowly reducing feedings, we’re stopping today. It’s funny because she rarely wakes in the night but yesterday she woke at 11:50. I decided that we’d nurse one last time so I got her out of bed. While she nursed I whispered to her, “this is the last time my big girl” and then kissed her and laid her back down in bed. Then I had myself a little cry.
Nursing didn’t come naturally to either of us so it seems to odd to just give it up. It’s going to be tough on both of us but I’m so glad we nursed for as long as we did.
Your story made me completely break down. How I wish that my last nursing session could have been so beautiful. At two months, my milk dried up. Aftertrying everything, we had to switch to formula. The last time I nursed my son would have been a terrible time with both of us crying. I’m jealous of the lovely time you had with your baby.
This made me tear up. I nursed my first son for 21 months, and it was an uphill battle the whole time, from my milk taking forever to come in, to jaundice and therefor formula supplements which then led to nipple confusion and a bad nipple shield habit, and then at 6 weeks, the food allergies started anyways, I knew he was down to his last feeding, and he had become a fast nurser, but for some reason, that night he nursed for a half hour. It was a beautiful time. I bawled my eyes out, and the next day I had myself a large latte and a slice of CHEESE pizza. LOL. I’ll be sure to remember this for when my twins wean, which could be relatively soon, they are almost 11 months, and getting quite distracted. Sorry for rambling!
I just think motherhood is awesome, however you feed your baby. :)
Oh Leanne… this is beautiful and has me crying. I nursed for 9 months. When my milk was almost gone, so I took a few photos with my MacBook Photobooth camera as my daughter nursed. At the time, I wondered if I’d find it creepy later, but I’m SO glad I have them.
I definitely think weaning is bittersweet, and I only have 2 :). I actually did enjoy nursing, despite some bumps in the road. It’s just such a milestone and change when you stop. Hugs to you and I think it’s okay just to take pause and mourn the loss of your your last baby’s “babyhood” before you get excited about the next exciting development :). Thanks for sharing!
I never loooooved nursing like lots of people seem to. I nursed both my kids over a year but always couldn’t wait to be done. But. When my youngest was giving it up (around 13 mos), I did get a little sad that she was growing up and I’d never do this neat thing again. I remember her “last time” so well. She’d flat out refused for a couple of days (and kept biting me! youch!) so I scooped her up while she was sleeping and got her to latch on (plus I really needed to be drained well. A pump just doesn’t do it like a baby). I held her and enjoyed her and even walked into the bathroom so I could watch us in the mirror. :)
Weaning each of my boys was bittersweet. Take a few days and snuggle her close. The weepiness really does pass. It was worse with my last son than with the others. :(
I just loved reading this. Both my babies stopped at one year and it hit me hard. A few weeks ago I went on a much needed and deserved bra shopping spree–made me feel like I was moving on.
I love the pictures of June.
my little boy is a bit older and I still nurse him. I am happy nursing was never an issue and worked fine with boths right from the start…
I want to have another one and I can imagine how hard it must be to know this was it…like no more…never …
interesting that June decided to stop, I stopped with my daughter when she was nearly 2 and we wanted another one… nursing break :)
she would never have stopped herself i think and the little boy now…. i doubt it too :)
Actually, I got teary reading this post! I have only nursed one child, so far, and I loved it. I expected that I wanted to nurse but I didn’t realize I would love it as much as I did. I nursed him until he was 18 months old. Because I returned to work when he was 3 months old, I gave myself goals for how long I would like to nurse and how it would be okay if I “only” made it that far. I started out at 6, then 9, then we hit a year. I thought about weaning him but then realized nursing would be SUPER HELPFUL for 24 hours of travel to Asia and just generally traveling overseas. When we returned, we decided that 18 months would be the target to wean. At this point, he was only nursing once or twice a day and surprising, the process went off without a hitch. I have to say, I do look forward to nursing our next child.
I just stopped nursing my almost one year old yesterday because I am going out of town next week. It’s been the same with both of my boys for me…I’m glad to be done but there is a part of me that misses that connection with them. I’m hoping to have more kids to nurse though but I’d imagine the last one will be TOUGH to be done!
I have found it is always such a bittersweet moment when that part of the relationship ends. Saying good bye to one phase but getting the chance to grow into the next one together.
Can’t wait to see what the next phase holds for you & June! :-)
Precious moments are so hard to say good bye to. I’ve been reading to my son every night snuggled up in a chair, and just this week, he decided he was too big for it, so now we’ve moved on to snuggles and books on the bed…but I am very nostalgic for the closeness of that chair!
Like you, I’m not a very emotional person — my husband even says that my heart is two sizes, too small;) On the Meyers-Briggs spectrum, I’m an ESTJ which is unusual since most women express a “F” (feeling) preference rather than a “T” (thinking) preference. That explains why I’d much rather watch a documentary than a romantic comedy!
I was surprised as well at my emotional attachment to nursing when I weaned my oldest son. He probably would have weaned himself at 12 months, but I extended our morning feeding session until he was 14 months because *I* needed it. He was such an independent, active boy and nursing was our only quiet time together. Maybe my heart is growing bigger after all!
My 9-month-old loves to nurse and I’ll admit that I’m happy to indulge him whenever he likes. I notice he’s been nursing less though with the introduction of solid foods. I’ll be curious to see how long he’ll nurse for. Hopefully, this won’t be our last. I’ll be a sobbing mess when our last one weans.
I’m with you on that. I’m not a sentimental person either but when I stopped breatfeeding my little boy I felt immediately felt nostalgic of that moment. It was such a great way to bond, I am thankful every day that I was able to experience that beautiful adventure. Bravo to you for nursing six kidly winks! xx
ps: here’s a piece of useless information for ya: did you know Sophie turned 50 yesterday? hard to believe that little girafe has been around for so long!
I know! I am about to wean my fourth and last child and it is extra special when it is the last one. Her twin weaned herself around last week and I now know it is the easy way. My second daughter became an ”excessive nurser” at 22 months old and I had to wean her abruptly – she was just fine but I had a difficult week with physical symptoms since I was producing quite a bit. This last child has good ”breast manners” and readily accepted to only nurse in the morning. We are on our way to a pleasant weaning (I think). It will be bittersweet, but there will be a certain freedom ( I will be able to wear dresses this summer and take any medication if needed).
I’m on month 8 of nursing my first child and while he’s not weaning yet, I know it’s coming. I’m excited to have my body back, but I will miss it too. Before I got pregnant I had a friend say she was sad to wean her daughter and I remember thinking “why?” but now I totally get it. I love the way my son lifts his leg up as if to curl himself around me, the way he rubs my back and when he’s done turns his face away with his pursed little lips and his nose up in the air. Those are the things no one else sees.
I’ll be weaning my #4 soon. We’ve told her we are stopping when she turns 2 and that is only 3 months away. I’ve mixed emotions; I want it to end but I also don’t want it to end. Crazy huh? I am targeting to reward myself with a really good bra that is NOT a nursing bra.
I, too, nursed all six of my babies—a year each except for baby #6. I just couldn’t stop. I think I finally let go when she was about 18 months. Or was it two years? I just had a feeling she would be my last, and sure enough, I didn’t have any more babies. So here’s to nursing!
PS~ I love the way that “nursed” babies plump out. So cute and chubby.
I get it. My first never latched right despite my lactation’s consultants many attempts. So I pumped for months and decided that I would never do that again. Ofcourse, my second was a nursing champion. Unfortunately, I developed a serious breast infection while nursing, had to abruptly stop, and have been encouraged not to breast-feed again by the team of doctors that saved my life. I won’t. It is not worth the risk. Yet here I am 12 weeks pregnant with my third and I get teary eyed as I unpack nursing supplies. I know I will bond with this baby in a hundred other ways and it really won’t be a big deal in the end, but I will miss it. There is something so special about your baby getting all their nutrition, love, and comfort from just you. I am so glad I have the memory of nursing at least one of my children.
I nursed my first for 13 months, and as sad as I was for it to end, there was also a big part of me that was so happy to have my own body back, to be able to eat and drink what I wanted without worrying about how it would affect my little boy. Now I’m 8 months into nursing my daughter and I think it will be about the same. I love doing it, it’s a fantastic bonding experience, but I miss the freedom that you don’t have when you’re pregnant and nursing.
Thanks for sharing. I have tears now, just writing this. I’m 11 months into nursing my first baby and I plan to stop before he turns 1, as my husband and I are taking a trip to celebrate his 30th Bday, also because we would like to have another baby and my boobs need a break! However, I’m finding that I’m emotional about this too and when you mentioned watching your baby while they nurse the “last few times” that TOTALLY hit home for me. I’m charishing every time he nurses, looking into his baby eyes and thinking he’s already so big! As I mentioned before, this is my 1st baby, so I have a LOT to learn ahead and I don’t really know what to expect. However, I’m going to miss this stage. As hard as it’s been at times, as much as I’ve wanted my boobs to go back to fitting into single or even double digit bra, shirt or ANYTHING for that matter I wouldn’t trade this experience for my life. It’s been fun and I’m going to miss those moments when the world stops for 10minutes and it’s just me and my boy!
I had the exact same experience with my last child. I was happy to nurse my children, but I wasn’t in love with nursing. I’m not overly sentimental…just a little bit about certain things, but the morning that I nursed my last child for the last time was a tender moment. I remember holding her and rocking her and soaking up the moment. I just watched that daughter drive away on her first adventure as an adult, leaving me an empty-nester. My home and arms are empty, but I am now unexpectedly filled with that tender moment 17 years ago. Thank you for prompting that memory for me today.
i have so enjoyed nursing all four of my kids….#4 is 2.4 now, and shows no signs of stopping! (its only 3 times/day) my other kids did not nurse this long (20 months, 16 months, and 2 years), but its great for me…often the only time of day i get to just sit! as this is my last child, i know i will feel so sad when he’s done nursing…i’ve been very blessed to have been able to do it. of course, it will be nice to let go of the body fat that my lactating body has been holding on to…
I nursed both my girls for around a year. Even though I was sad when my older daughter weaned, I was almost heartbroken when my younger daughter weaned. I knew there would be no other babies (a fact that still makes me sad). So, letting go of that moment that is the personification of mothering was difficult. I also cried when we took down the crib and put away the pacis. Each milestone for my youngest is harder for me than when her sister hit similar milestones.
I had troubles with nursing and it was one of the most emotional things I’ve ever experienced when I finally had to come to terms with the fact that it just wasn’t going to work for me. I always appreciate reading other women’s experiences with weaning and learning that I’m not crazy for how hard it was!
Here’s my experience here: http://moreterriers.blogspot.com/2011/04/issue-of-breastfeeding.html
Yes! I also get emotional at weaning. Part of it is hormonal, so all moms should cut themselves some slack as their bodies adjsut. But part of it is what you listed–those soft tummies against ours…so precious!
I’m on my last (knock on wood) and don’t ever want her to wean. I’m going to push it until she absolutely refuses and I don’t care that my friends and family will laugh at me.
Oh, I also think it helps when the child weans slowly. No engorgement!
I feel sad for you that you feel that way.
I couldn’t stop nursing my first born fast enough. I only lasted 4 months. :( I did continue to pump and feed him breast milk until he was 9 months though. My second child I nursed until she was 11 months. I was actually a little sad when I started the weaning process. I am due in November with baby 3, and for the first time ever, I am looking forward to nursing. What I am not looking forward to is the depression I feel after giving birth. :(
after moving to a new town my mother walked out of her water aerobics class and saw a woman crying at her car. she walked over and asked if she could help. the other mother replied, “i just weaned my last baby!” it was her eighth. my mom had had 7 and replied, “oh, i know exactly how you feel” and gave her a large hug.
i’ve always loved that story. it is hard to end a chapter in life and start another i think.
wow! That’s so beautiful! it got me all teary :*
I totally relate. Despite the fenugreek, lactation consultations and on-demand nursing, my body threw in the towel around 9 1/2 months this time around. I was so sad because I just felt like I wasn’t ready to be finished, which was very different than when I weaned my firstborn at 6 months. (Although both were perfectly fine with moving on!!)
Maybe, like you, it’s because she’s my last. Even though it’s been over a month since weaning her, I still feel a little sad. In fact I just googled “relactation” a few days ago!
This post made me cry. I love nursing my babies, I have nursed all 4 for at least a year. In January I started thinking that we were probably done having kids and I was getting comfortable with the idea, then in March we got a surprise and I’m expecting #5. You made me realize that I need to enjoy that year of nursing and bonding with my baby as much as I can.
Good luck, I know it’s a hard milestone, be happy that your little girl is beautiful and healthy and there are many more happy milestones to come.
I teared up reading this. I am almost 12 months into nursing my first and have started to contemplate weaning. As recently as two months ago I was looking forward to weaning but have started to feel apprehensive about it as of late. How do you even start to wean a baby? What are these subtle and not so subtle signs my baby is ready to wean?
The easiest way is to “don’t offer, don’t refuse.” If you’re not ready, no shame until going until you do! My children were over 2 when they stopped by themselves. If you’re truly ready, you can stop offering to nurse, but don’t refuse when your baby “asks.” This is a gentle, easier way to wean. Weaning is best when it’s done over several months, allowing your body to adjust (both reducing your milk supply so you’re comfortable and gradually dialing down your hormones so you don’t crash.) Baby gets used to doing other things and gradually stops asking! Painless and gentle!
I often hit your blog b/c I so enjoy your style and ideas and frankly, I find I’m living vicariously through those living in amazing places as I sit through Ohio’s rainiest spring in history – rather reminiscent of my early years in Seattle.
I saw your really cool and colorful family photo and decided called my kiddos over so they could appreciate the bright colors/coordination without being too matchy-matchy. I decided to click on the link for a sneak peak and they exclaimed, “Holy Cow! Mom is getting on Twitter!” I’ve never done that before, and I’m aware that often there are pop up windows on sights that the ‘owner’ or ‘user’ is unable to do anything about. But before I realized what was happening, my almost 13 year old son grabbed my 8 year old son and whipped him away from the computer while my 11 year old daughter hollered and covered the naked body on the computer screen. It was an American Apparel advertisement, and almost every one I saw was ‘soft’ porn. I was so bummed that my kids saw that, and I’m not blaming you…it is my responsibility to protect their right to innocence. However, if you have the control over your ads, I suggest offensive ones be removed since so much of what you do is ‘design mom’-ish and therefore, in my opinion, should be almost always family friendly. And since I am as computer illiterate as most 90 year olds, maybe you are unable to control those pop-up ads??? Either way, I am not blaming you, rather hoping you are aware of what is on your page.
And thank you for the whole article on bra size (one not really for my kids, but one that every.single.mother can appreciate). I don’t know that I have ever laughed so hard re: the life of a total stranger simply b/c I can now completely appreciate the martyrdom of a woman’s body as she carries a baby in utero, and/or nurses her child.
Love what you do!