The past few months I’ve been wrestling with the idea of weaning my daughter. With both of my kids, I never really set out with the intention for nursing them for a particular period of time. For us, breastfeeding has just been easier…when the baby gets fussy, I can nurse her to calm her down….when I’m putting the baby to sleep, it’s not a fight to get her down if I nurse her first (usually at least). We are mostly down to nursing just before naps and bedtime and sometimes if she wakes up in the middle of the night, so 3-4 times a day.
There are a lot of times, however, where I start to just feel sort of ‘touched out’ if that makes sense. I remember feeling this exact same way when my son, Lincoln, got this age too. I nursed him until he was almost 20 months, but I remember the last few weeks just feeling ‘ready’ to wean. That’s how I’m starting to feel this time around with Phoenix who is now 13 months.
I guess my biggest concern is just that it is a lot easier when I can nurse her instead of having to deal with bottles, sippy cups, etc and nursing calms her down faster than anything else, so I’m not sure if I am ready to give up nursing and trade it in for tantrums or fits. I don’t think she’s totally ready to wean yet, even if I am.
Plus (and this is just a minor, minor consideration), I get to eat more when I am nursing and I will gladly take an extra 300-500 calories in my diet each day. *Just a side note, I allowed around 500 calories extra each day when I was exclusively nursing, then after six months when we introduced solids and cut down on nursing a bit I changed it to 300 extra calories a day in my diet.
So, I don’t have any wise words of wisdom, or inspiring thoughts in today’s blog post. I’m just simply putting my thoughts on paper and sharing it with you guys. Do you have any advice for me here? Have you ever felt similar to how I am feeling now? How did you decide to handle things? I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below.