Welcome to my very first Mommy and Me Monday! These are going to be my weekly posts on Motherhood. The good, the bad, and the ugly. I’m also going to be featuring a Mommy and Me look along with my post! I hope you enjoy.
Today’s topic in the mom world, weaning. I tend to see things as black or white, so when the pediatrician told me they like for you to breast feed for at least a year, that date has been imprinted in my skull. No more, no less. One year, here we go. I can do this.
I have enjoyed the sweet moments that breast-feeding brings. It is pretty amazing what your body naturally knows how to do. However, I am more than ready to have my bosoms back to myself. I don’t want anyone or anything touching them for a VERY LONG TIME. I had no clue how selfless one must be to accomplish a year of breast feeding. It’s not just the fact that it takes time, but it can be really inconvenient in certain moments. I feel like Johnny Cash when I think about all the places I’ve breast-fed. “I’ve fed everywhere man, I’ve fed everywhere, crossed the deserts bare, man, I’ve fed everywhere.” I got over modesty real quick. It might have been when a friend of my mom shamed me when I went to the car to feed the baby. She said, I quote, “You don’t go to the bathroom to eat your hamburger do you?!” Well there you go!
So, back to weaning, I thought it was going to be the most difficult thing to accomplish but we’ve actually had a pretty easy time. Some tips I’ve found helpful for you out there getting ready to cross over to the sippy cup world:
- Introduce a sippy as early as they will accept it. Make them fall in love with that thing.
- Gradually take out feedings. I started taking two feedings out for the first week, then narrowed it down to only morning and night. Now we are two weeks in and have made it to only first thing in the morning. We are almost there!
- DO NOT. I repeat. DO NOT shower or change in front of that little milk sucking zombie. As soon as they see those things, everything you’ve worked for is toast.
- Go by the Zodiac calendar. Ok, I am not superstitious. I don’t believe in all the “signs”, but my grandmother had 12 kids and informed us that she weaned based on the zodiac calendar. When the signs are in the knees to be exact. When in doubt, do what the elders did. Coincidence or not, something is working!
- Give them a little extra cuddles and love. Adler did have a few melt downs but when I snuggled him up, it always seemed to help. Once he got calm I gave him some milk or “half and half”, half water, half juice. He soon forgot what he was upset over.
And just like that, all is well in the world again. I swear there’s no science behind these baby transitions. My consistent advice is, “It’s whatever works for you and your baby.” That’s really what it is all about, but hopefully this tid bit of advice can help to give a little guidance, or maybe just a little comedic break. Happy Weaning Mommas! We’ve got this, one melt down at a time 🙂