Monday, February 9, 2009

Success for the second time

Another kid, another year of nursing in the books. Emmie officially weaned herself last week and while I was a little sad, I am mostly pleased the girls did their job for a second time and successfully fed a child for a year.

She decided to start sleeping through the night last week and since her only nursing session for the last couple weeks had been at the 4 a.m. wakeup, Emmie effectively ended her reliance on the boob all by herself.

Because I had eased her back to once a day, I didn't have a single minute of engorgement. (Did you hear that sound? It was the massive clicking of the "delete" key by all my male readers.) I had pumped a little on our trip, just in case she wanted to keep it up, but she was fine with stopping two days after we got back and so was I.

But it's hard to get used to regular bras again. You try spending a year in what amounts to a comfy sports bra and then let me know how it feels going back to underwires and push-ups. Because lord knows, the deflation after almost four combined years of two pregnancies and nursing requires the use of some snappy lingerie.

Despite the loss of volume, I am happy things went so well again. I was definitely much more laid back about nursing this time around. I knew what to expect, what was normal and didn't need to freak out about supply issues. I pumped early and often to build up a freezer supply, which allowed us to take a few trips away from the kids and not worry about whether she would have enough milk. She never got a drop of formula, which was my goal going in. Considering I was chasing a toddler while nursing a baby, I feel really good about the accomplishment.

Of course my attempts to get her to drink from a sippy cup have been met with disdain and outright pissiness by her highness. So she gets her whole milk in a bottle. Yes, my breastfed child won't take anything but a bottle that someone else holds for her. How on earth did that happen?

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Blogger Rachel said...

Congrats! It IS an awesome accomplishment, isn't it? Great job!

I have nursed my last 3 exclusively - the last 2 wouldn't take a drop from a bottle, so I haven't even bothered trying with the baby. They only slept through the night once they were weaned, too, just past a year old. I DO look forward to regular, supportive, lifting bras again and SMALLER boobs, but oh how I will miss nursing a baby :(
She'll be my last, so I won't be hurrying the weaning, that's for sure!

Way to go!

February 10, 2009 7:45 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...


I am looking forward to weaning my second-- mostly for all the new bras! (I am really excited to have normal-sized bra straps instead of giant nursing bra straps-- which is really shallow, I know).

February 10, 2009 9:00 AM  
Blogger Monica said...

awesome, way to go!

February 10, 2009 9:45 AM  

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