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Monday, March 22, 2010

Mama Guilt Monday: Weaning

C is turning one this coming week, and so I've started weaning him. Personally, I chose to nurse for a year. I do feel like this is a good time to wean because he is refusing to try new foods and just wants to nurse all the time. We still have plenty of cuddle and bonding time when he's not nursing.

Cue separation anxiety! If I even look like I'm going to leave the room C is in, he flips out and starts screaming like crazy! He crawls after me and latches onto my leg. If my arms are full and I try to walk, he clamps tighter onto my leg and follows me. I don't get much done.

One might think my mama guilt is the fact that he's so upset, but really, my mama guilt is because I'm so excited to wean. I can't wait to be able to wear clothes because I want to wear them instead of wondering how practical they are for nursing. I'm ecstatic to be able to go somewhere in the evening without my boys and not have to worry about being back for bedtime to nurse C.

Don't get me wrong, I enjoy nursing, and the bond it creates, as well and the knowledge that I am providing my little boy with healthy food. But, I think it's time. Is it really that bad that this makes me happy?

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3 comments:

  1. After six weeks I was ecstatic to give up nursing. I had read that the most crucial nursing period was between birth and six weeks. I hated nursing, so I was counting down the days. As soon as six weeks hit I was done.

    I realize that nursing has so many great benefits for babies, but, the way I see it, if it reaches a point that the mommy isn't as happy about it, doesn't that take away from some of the benefits?

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  2. I thought it would be hard for me emotionally to wean Kate, even though I wanted to feel like my body was mine again- I don't think it's bad to be excited about it at all. Think about it- if you nurse for a year then that's almost 2 years you've sacrificed your body just for their growth and nourishment. You'll always sacrifice for your kids but I too feel like one year is plenty. Way to go MOM!

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  3. I too nursed until both my boys were just over one. No guilt there, you've done a great job nursing as long as you have! Enjoy your freedom!

    Thanks for linking up!

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