Our Nursing (and weaning) Story

Saturday, September 21, 2013


It's been almost a month since Carter has stopped breastfeeding. 

Here's a little journey back through our breastfeeding story:

The  beginning:
I had no idea what I was doing.  About an hour after he was born, I remembered that I should try to breastfeed.  So I asked the nurse, "How do I do this?" and then he latched right away!  A lactation consultant came to my room at the hospital a few times before we went home.    

Around 4-6 weeks his screaming was nonstop and the only thing that stopped his screaming was to nurse, so I nursed him alot.   That's when I finally called the pediatrician and asked for help.  

They thought it could be reflux so I started to pump so we'd have a bottle and add some rice cereal in it.  That's when I found I had alot of supply.  He took one bottle a day and it went ok.  It took a few days until he accepted the bottle.  Meanwhile I hated every second of pumping.  

We noticed the rice cereal helped, but he was still screaming alot.  We went to a chiropractor for him, I tried eliminating dairy, swaddling, bouncing all the time.  I called the lactation consultants often and tried nursing on just one side at a time, trying to slow my letdown etc.  This baby was just not having it.   

I asked the pediatrician if I should stop nursing and try formula and she said NO! We stopped the rice cereal bottle and started on reflux meds.

And I kept on nursing.  Except when we stopped giving him the bottle I rejoiced and stopped pumping.  WHOOPS!  Big mistake!  He would never take a bottle again (it didn't matter how many I tried!)  UGH!  

Eventually he stopped screaming all the time.

3-5 Months
I nursed Carter all day and all night.  I would nurse him to sleep.  

6-12 Months
He nursed about 4-6 times a day.  At 11 months he nursed 3 times a day.  

13 Months
I stopped nursing before bed and nursed just in the morning.
He would sometimes scream and point to the glider or hand me the boppy when he knew it was time to nurse.

15 and a half months/weaning
On August 21st he didn't motion to go upstairs or hand me the boppy so we left the house without nursing.  But the next day he nursed.  But 2 days later he didn't nurse again.

Sunday morning, August 25th was the last time he nursed.  Monday morning was the first day of school.  Christian and I decided it would be best if he would get Carter up in the morning and get him dressed so that I wouldn't go into his room.  That day we left for school and we never looked back.  And now the Boppy's are put away.

It went much more smoothly than I ever could have imagined.   

Lessons Learned:
1. The Bebe Au Lait's (hooter hiders etc) are cute, but totally unncessary.  It was so hot under them, we would both be sweating.  Eventually I would just use an Aden & Anais Muslin blanket to cover, or nothing at all.  It's funny how comfortable you get with it.  (I never nursed in public though)

2. If you start a bottle, DON'T stop!  

3. Next time I will give one bottle a day (maybe breastmilk, maybe formula)  

4. Nursing bras are a must.  I had a few and they weren't cute but I wore them everyday.  I eventually got a cute one.  I wore a nursing bra for 15 months.  

5.  Find a breast milk bank right away.  Unfortunately I had a freezer full of breastmilk and a baby who wouldn't take a bottle.  By the time I realized he wasn't going to drink it, it was too late to donate it.  It felt so terrible to have to throw away soooo many ounces of breastmilk but I finally made myself throw it out last week!


2 comments:

  1. oh my goodness you were a nursing machine! thank you so much for sharing your story! i am currently nursing a 2 month old and we've had our fair share of problems too. but so glad i took the journey :)

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  2. Thanks Denise, I know those first few months are trying, but i promise, it gets so much easier!

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