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Hello everyone. I don't post often, but read MDC almost daily. I have followed the Breastfeeding board through it's many lives, and was so happy to see this CLW forum, thinking this would be my home for some time to come. I have read how many feel something is unnatural with a 3 year old weaning, but that is just what is happening in my family.<br><br>
I began nursing my daughter,knowing ot was the best thing for her, hoping at first to just make it through those first weeks. They were so tough! Birthing her was easy in comparison! Thankfully we got the hang of it after about 6 weeks, and then I just hoped to make it to 6 months . . . then her first birthday came and went, and fortunately I had been actively reading about extended nursing here on MDC. By that time, I was well informed about the benefits of continuing to nurse Greta . . so we just continued on with our lives . . .<br><br>
. . .three years later . . .<br><br>
Now, when we are reading books before bed, Greta says "I want milk!" with a smile that melts my heart, and I say "Really?!" (she hasn't asked much lately) and then she smiles again and laughs a little, and says "No, silly." She told me that she was a big girl now. This has been going on for a few months now, with her not quite even latching on when she asks to nurse . . and I knew it was coming, but knowing hasn't made it easier to accept.<br><br>
So, here I sit, so sad to see this part of our relationship end, and wondering, Is it all going to be this difficult?!<br><br>
Thanks to all of the mams here for helping me to follow my child's lead and my own heart. This has been an amazingly enriching experience. There's nothing like it, and I will always be grateful to my daughter for sharing it with me.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/hug2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Hug2"> What a wonderful gift you've given your daughter. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/hug2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Hug2">
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> Take it easy on yourself, momma, this is a big step for you both.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/offtopic.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="offtopic"><br><br>
Wow, what a shock it was to see the birthdate be '02 and realize that the "Baby" in question is THREE already. I think I'm still stuck in '02 <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll">
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> to you and your daughter, what a great beginning you have given her! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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You made me cry!<br><br>
congratulations, you've done a wonderful wonderful job with your little girl. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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Thanks for reading, and for the supportive replies.<br><br>
I have been surprised by the depth of my sadness at this transition. I know I shouldn't be, and that this is just one of many to come. But here I am, crying anyway!!! Perhaps it is the hormonal adjustment??!!!<br><br>
Thanks again.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> to you mama! DS is 4 and he weaned about a month ago. I'm still sad. Its a loss, but then again, no regrets to you mama... you've given your DD a wonderful gift. Hang in there. The first month has been hormonal and "all over the place" for me, but things are settling now.<br><br>
The best to you! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"><br>
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gretasmommy, I thought your post was wonderful and touching. I remember when my daughter weaned, even though she had just turned 5 and even though I was SO ready for her to wean, it was still bittersweet. A short time after she weaned, she came and sat on my lap in the nursing position and I unthinkingly offered my breast, and she said "Mommy, I don't ee-ee anymore, remember!" :LOL Silly mommy.
 
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