Weaning from breastfeeding

Are you a mother who has breastfed a baby? If so, how do you feel in times of weaning from breastfeeding? Honestly, it’s been over a day now since I stopped breastfeeding my little boy. It is really hard for me, physically and emotionally. Physically, I have breast pain which I feel now especially when I carry him. Emotionally I feel pain when I see my little boy cry and asked for breast milk. Honestly it’s really hard for me. If I could, I wouldn’t stop breastfeeding him, but I know I need to. If it wasn’t for my mother’s, husband’s and friend Jessel’s advice, who kept telling me to wean him, probably I would still give him breast milk, lol. Well, right now I decided that weaning him gradually is the best thing to do for me and my son. I hope he can adjust to the gradual reduction soon and not ask for breast milk anymore so that everything is OK.

7 Comments to "Weaning from breastfeeding"

  1. Sheila Sultani's Gravatar Sheila Sultani
    June 10, 2009 - 11:40 pm | Permalink

    I love nursing my kids – my 2 boys weren't interested for very long, but my daughter, well, she nursed until she was almost 3 – a lot of experts will tell you that it is ok to nurse as long as you and the baby want to. Pediatricians won't even tell you when you should stop nursing. Don't let other people tell you when you should quit, it's a very, very personal decision. It doesn't sound like you are ready to stop yet.

    From –

    http://swedish.org/16578.cfm

    "Sometime during the middle of your baby’s first year, begin introducing solid foods, but continue breastfeeding for as long as you and your baby enjoy it. When you decide it’s time to wean your baby, you can begin giving your baby breast milk or formula in a bottle or a cup. Most experts recommend that weaning begin gradually, taking place over several weeks or even months. Many mothers and children find the bedtime feeding is the last to be discontinued.

    Thinking About Weaning TOP
    Experts have been reluctant to set down “hard and fast” rules about when breastfeeding should stop, however, and different organizations have different recommendations. Here are some of these:

    American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
    The AAP advocates for 6 months of exclusive breastfeeding before introducing any other sources of nutrition. According to the AAP, when you stop breastfeeding depends entirely on you and your baby. While some babies begin to lose interest in breastfeeding between nine and 12 months of age, others are interested in breastfeeding well into the second year of life.

    World Health Organization (WHO)
    The WHO recommends that mothers continue breastfeeding for up to two years—while giving complementary foods after four to six months—to improve the nutritional status and health of the baby. If prolonged feeding is not possible, WHO experts suggest that mothers exclusively nurse their babies for at least four months, and if possible, up to six months.

    La Leche League
    The La Leche League—a group that offers support to breastfeeding women—sets no time limit on breastfeeding. This organization says the longer a mother nurses her baby, the better, and if you and your child enjoy breastfeeding, there is no reason to stop. Experts here suggest letting your child wean naturally, gradually growing out of breastfeeding."

    Take Care,

    Sheila

  2. Jessel's Gravatar Jessel
    June 10, 2009 - 11:47 pm | Permalink

    ok ra na day only for a couple of days ra na ang sakit mawala dayon na..ayo ayo dha.

  3. Mel Avila Alarilla's Gravatar Mel Avila Alarilla
    June 11, 2009 - 2:09 am | Permalink

    Yes, nature has taught mothers what's best for their babies. I'm sure you'll get over the temporary problems you are experiencing and be able to guide your boy in his growing pains. Thanks for the post. God bless you always.

  4. Chris's Gravatar Chris
    June 11, 2009 - 6:23 am | Permalink

    if you are really decided to wean then you must be firm.. the hardest are the first 3 days… then gradually the baby will adjust…

    i breastfed my 2 kids without any regrets. 🙂 i weaned my little boy at 22 months..

  5. Tina's Gravatar Tina
    June 11, 2009 - 3:13 pm | Permalink

    Is there a reason you need to stop?

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  7. Miriam Weidner's Gravatar Miriam Weidner
    July 7, 2009 - 5:30 am | Permalink

    Thank you for your thoughtful post! You may enjoy this link to a recently posted Mindful Mama article:

    http://www.mindful-mama.com/blogs/thrive/archive/2009/06/24/when-the-weaning-police-come-a-knocking.aspx

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