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Old 01-19-2003, 01:29 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Not quite sure how I feel about this. I think I would really be feeling good about it if it weren't for the fact that she is my last child and the last baby I will nurse. She was nursing 100% up until 10 mo. Then a month or two ago, it was down to twice a day, at bedtime and in the middle of the night once, then she started sleeping through that feeding, so it was once a day, then she got sick, so increased her nursings, to maybe 5 or 6 per day. Then yesterday morning, she slept through her usual feeding, and didn't want to nurse on waking. And last night she didn't even want to nurse before falling asleep, and didn't nurse on waking again this morning. I wish I'd gotten a picture of her nursing. I kept putting it off, thinking I would have more time. I had not planned on a child led weaning, I planned to wean her at the end of the winter or in the spring. I do feel like it was very gradual, and also a natural progression, I just thought it would last longer. On one hand, I'm very proud of myself for going as long as I did, since we got off to a very rough start, and I'll be glad to buy some nice looking bras, and I'll be glad to eat without wondering if my milk or my diet is causing her to be sick/get itchy/get hives. On the other hand, I'm just sad knowing I won't have this experience again, knowing that this phase of my life is over (pregnancy, lactation)

I know she didn't nurse as long as some of your children have, and I really did let her lead the way, I didn't encourage her to wean or anything. And if it wasn't for MDC, it wouldn't have occured to me to nurse past 12 mo. I guess I'm just feeling really mixed feelings about this, and needed some cyberhugs.
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The emotions of weaning can be so mixed! My ds self weaned at 20 mo. I mourned the loss for about a month. It was such a huge part of our relationship and at that time, my 1st dh didn't know if he wanted more kids. The thought of it being my last time I would ever nurse was very, very hard. This was about 5 yrs. ago and I had the support of my LLL group that was great. My ds did end up nursing one more time at about 2 years and 3 mo. He had seen something that really, really upset him and wanted to nurse. He ended up nursing for about an hour and during that session, I grabbed the camara and took a picture of his last nursing session. It didn't turn out great, but glad I have it.

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Hugs!!

you might find that your dd does end up nursing again for a time or two but if not know that even without physical pictures you will have mental ones.

Best of wishes.
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