Weaning from Nursing-Step 1: Stop Messing Around!

All right you all... I am not messing around anymore!  I need my boobs, my life and ability to crash diet before the summer gets here, back. STAT!  I am focused and determined to get my sweet little boob lovin' baby on to milk before May!

Here is the plan:

1. Stop Messing Around!

I am determined to wean my one-year-old from nursing! So much so, I gave Oliver Cows milk today.  Damn right I did! I put a little in his sippy cup at breakfast. He not only drank it, he survived!  He didn't seem to love it or hate it, or even realize that soon that would be his only milk.  As far as I am concerned, I took a major step in the right direction.

2. Cut out one feeding, even if that means a nap time!

I have been monitoring our schedule closely to see what will be the best feeding to cut out.  I thought the late afternoon would be best, but over the last two days the mid morning nap might just be the one to forgo.

The unfortunate thing is that what really appears to be the easiest feeding to cut out, is his first one of the day when he wakes up.  I could get him right out of bed, give him a sippy of milk and then breakfast, but I am afraid my boobs will explode by his nap time after nearly 16 hours of not nursing!

Plus, Ollie is so hungry when he wakes up he does great nursing. It's the feeding at his mid-morning and mid-afternoon naps he is indifferent too, or really not very focused, just nursing to fall asleep.  I may cut out his mid-morning nap and start having him take only one nap a day at mid-afternoon. I don't know if he can stay awake that long, or if I can handle that many hours straight of a busy toddler. Did I mention he is climbing the walls now??

Regardless, my goal is by next Friday to have this figured out and him down to three feedings a day!  Morning, once during the day and nite nite time.

3. Stay focused on the goal!

So far I have learned that it is super easy for me to just nurse Ollie to sleep to get him down for a nap instead of let him cry in his crib at nap time. I know, no real surprise there. I need to keep reminding myself, Oliver is not the first baby to wean off nursing, kids survive this all of the time.

4. Continue to pray that miraculously he goes along with the plan, and makes this whole weaning thing easy.

I still cannot get over the fact that I fought like hell to get my milk up to a level to nurse, and now I am going to fight like hell to get my son and my milk down from nursing.  This has got to be one of natures cruel jokes!

5. I'm afraid if I keep this up, my boobs will look like hers...

poor girl!

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that suburban momma said...

Haha, love that last photo! Don't worry darling, you can do this! I remember how hard it was, but i got through it and you will too! In my opinion you are going about it perfectly! Just cut down the feedings gradually. You got this!

Unknown said...

hehehe! LOVE it! Yes ma'am... I'm sitting here contemplating cutting Chase down to one feeding a day now, because my body finally has kicked in and is cutting production down a lot. I don't know why weaning a little boy is so much different! Okay, so I only have one kid to compare to, but still! Different little creatures they are :)

Keep it up though- and take your time- no rush over there!! :)

Alissa said...

You can do it April! I was going to suggest the other day rather than completely cutting out a nursing session try cutting down on the amount of time per session... So if Ollie takes 10 minutes per session cut him off at 8 minutes, do this for a few days, then cut it down to 6 minutes etc. Just remember it's the law of supply and demand. The less you demand of the girls the less they will supply.

OneMommy said...

My son totally weaned himself.
My daughter, not so much. I remember I had to leave the room at bedtime and Daddy would get her to sleep. I was pregnant with her little brother at the time and we just wanted her weaned before the new baby came. I wanted it done early enough that she would not think the baby took her place. But it broke my heart having to leave the room every night.

Hang in there!

FirstTimeMomandDad.com said...

Thank you so much for your words of encouragement! I just cannot get over just how hard it is!

FirstTimeMomandDad.com said...

I noticed that my milk production seems to be less too. Why oh why can he not wean himself!?!

FirstTimeMomandDad.com said...

This is very true! I think he is doing this himself already. During the day he eats for half the time he does at night and the morning.

FirstTimeMomandDad.com said...

Thanks for this! I cannot imagine being pregnant AND nursing! I am fearful of the nights that I let daddy put him down... I know it will break my heart too!

Kristy J said...

I'm catching up on my FTMAD reading, I was on vacation. Anyways you are doing awesome! Yes this is natures cruel cruel way to keep on messing with the momma. Just take it one day at a time. I didn't have to wean AJ because when he started sleeping through the night my milk went down and then he wasn't gaining and then we started formula so it just kinda happened on its own so needless to say I have NO idea what you're going through. But I do know that you are a kick ass mom and you are going to do exactly what you need to do and when you need to do it to make sure Ollie is as awesome as ever! Good Luck!!