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Stopping breastfeeding

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For this post I thought it fitting to use one I originally published back in August 2012 when I stopped feeding my eldest.

I stopped breastfeeding last week. My daughter is 16 months old.

I don’t feel really sad, I don’t feel elated, it all just feels “right” I suppose. Which is funny really as things couldn’t have felt more “wrong” for me when I started trying to breastfeed my daughter.

It was a pretty hideous time for me. Don’t get me wrong, having her in my life was amazing from the start, but if any of you have ever had a newborn before you will understand what I mean. It’s pretty tough. There you are trying to feed, and feeling under quite a bit of pressure to do so, and then your milk comes in right at the time when the baby blues hit their peak (or should I say all time low!). The feelings of being overwhelmed and exhausted do shadow to some extent the joy you get from your new baby. I know I’m not the only one to say this, I’ve seen the same happen to lots of my friends.

But after what seemed like a very long and painful 6 weeks, either Elsa seemed to master it, or I got numb to the pain, but either way, suddenly breastfeeding was a breeze. And then I can actually say I started to enjoy breastfeeding! Shock, horror; I never thought I would be one of the mums saying that! It may sound like a cliche but it really is quite a precious experience to breastfeed happily, and one that I will never take for granted.

As is the case for most mums and babies, the feeds whittled down one by one over the months after I started weaning, which I think is the ideal way as it’s not like you are going cold turkey. That would be really painful! I know I was lucky though to have the luxury of stopping gradually. If I had to go back to work early then it wouldn’t be so easy to do this. I can’t imagine having to express in the toilets at work, but this is the reality for many mums.

16 months of breastfeeding: the end product!

16 months of breastfeeding: the end product!

So we stopped last week, mainly because Elsa seemed much more interested in watching “In the Night Garden” than nuzzling into Mummy. And also, if I’m honest, because I thought it was high time she was able to have a sleepover with Granny! She had her first sleepover last night. So after a leisurely start this morning I think I might just pop into town and treat myself to some new bras, without a nursing clip in sight!! I think I deserve it.

It’s been a pleasure sharing my breastfeeding journey with you. For more stopping breastfeeding experiences please hop on over to My Thoughts On Things where you can gain further entries into the grand prize draw. Full terms and conditions can be found on the Keeping Britain Breastfeeding website. UK residents only.


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8 thoughts on “Stopping breastfeeding”

  1. gemma clark says:

    Unfortunately with my first I only fed her for 2 weeks, but am 30 weeks pregnant now with my second and determined to make it work this time. So hopefully that final feed will be a lot later on x

  2. Lizzy Cooper says:

    My final feed hasn’t yet happened, My 18 month old just had a feed. I aim to stop at 2, Go breast! 😀

  3. kim neville says:

    I breastfed up to 6 months as then had to return to work

  4. Still going, so no final feed yet.

  5. Awwwww …. what precious memories shared! Whilst breastfeeding has its perks, its end also has its perks. It starts another journey that includes more people and frees mum up to do other things :-). Glad you found the right timing for you! Thanks for sharing your story.

    Thankfully, there is more awareness that a woman can continue to breastfeed when they return to work from maternity leave and toilets are not appropriate spaces to do so in. #PositiveAboutBF

    1. Thank you! My pleasure. I’ve enjoyed sharing my journey. Yes I do know of one friend who at least had a room to express in. Let’s hope that awareness grows.

  6. Aww what a lovely post, it’s nice to read the positive end to a breastfeeding journey when it just feels ‘right’ for mum.
    We are still feeding at 20 months, and I hope we keep going for a few month yet!

    1. Thanks Jenni! It feels such a long time ago now!

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