Last week marked the end of our breastfeeding journey. Over the past few weeks Oliver has slowly but surely started weaning himself from the boob. On the 27th February 2017 Oliver had his final feed. This feed lasted all of about 30 seconds, and he wasn’t really that interested.
How did I feel?
I must say, I wasn’t as sad as I thought I would be. It’s the end of a journey that I am very proud of. It was something I had hoped to achieve, but never knew if I would achieve. I feel very lucky to have made it to one year of breastfeeding, without any problems. No mastitis, no thrush, nothing. Other than a bit of an overabundant supply in the early days and Oliver only feeding from one side, I have been very lucky in my breastfeeding journey.
How did I stop feeding?
I had wanted to stop at a year, but when Oliver first turned one and I tried to stop, he was having none of it. He was only having one feed at bedtime, so I thought I would continue on until he was a little older and would self-wean, or try again at a later date. Just over a week after he turned one, he went to sleep one night without milk. I couldn’t believe it. But then the next night he wanted it again so I thought it was just a blip.
Just a few days later I offered him milk and he only suckled for about 30 seconds and stopped. The next night was my first day back at work, I wasn’t home for bedtime and he went down easily for Stu. The next night I was home but he did it again, and has done every night since. I’m very fortunate that my supply seems to have adjusted by itself (something it has always been good at doing) and I haven’t suffered any problems.
Changing to cow’s milk
Oliver hasn’t had a bottle since he was weeny and has refused them when he was older. So when I tried to change to cow’s milk he wasn’t interested in having it from a bottle. So I tried various different cups we had, and to be honest I don’t think it made that much difference. He doesn’t drink cow’s milk like most babies have their milk. He’s far too busy! He has a quick sip and then is trying to get away to do something different. To get him to drink about 100ml it takes about an hour. I’m not too worried, as long as he drinks a little bit it’s fine. I’m sure as he gets older he will drink more!
Did you wean your baby or did they self wean, and when? How did you wean your baby from breast or formula to cow’s milk? I would love to hear your stories!