Weaning Is Hard

Yesterday I read a smart and compelling story about a woman struggling to end her nursing relationship with her 5-year-old daughter.  Although I weaned my daughter long before her second birthday, I related to the emotions and conflict Lisa described in every sentence.  When I was done my immediate reaction was, “that totally would have been me.”

My daughter took to breastfeeding like a champ.  We had an amazing nursing relationship for every single day that it lasted.  But at some point after a year it started to feel a little out of control.  Maybe because she was still waking multiple times a night to feed or maybe because I was working full time and it felt like all we were doing in our time together was nursing.  I wanted to watch her wobbly steps as an early walker.  I wanted to see her scream with delight at her brother’s antics.  I cherished that bond in my soul, but my gut told me it was time for her to move on.  Even when she showed absolutely no interest.  Even when it hurt my feelings to let her go.  I had to cut her off.

Read my whole piece about the confusion of weaning and why I decided for her here:

I Had To Cut My Daughter Off Breastfeeding But It Didn’t Come Easily — For Either Of Us

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About Carinn Jade

Mother, lawyer, yogi, writer, non-sleeper. Published @NYTMotherlode. Contributor @Mommyish @Moonfrye @HuffPostLive. I like beer (not wine) & tea (not coffee) & being a contrarian.
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