In this blog post, I’m walking you through my 19-month breastfeeding journey.
Luna was born on September 19th, 2018. And the minute she came out in this world, she crawled toward my breast and latched on like a champion. This was the beginning of our breastfeeding journey that lasted for 19 months, for 19 long months. And although this journey didn’t come without its challenges, I have to say it was incredible, magical and emotional.
0-12 months: During the first 12 months, Luna was breastfed on demand. This means I would breastfeed her anywhere between 5 to 12 times a day.
13-14 months: In these two months, I slowly dropped our breastfeeding sessions one by one until we got to two sessions. Each dropped session was replaced either by a snack or the plant-based powdered milk from The Latte Co.
15-19 months: During these two months, Luna was breastfed twice a day, once in the morning (right when she woke up) and once in the evening (right after dinner).
My reason behind weaning
When I posted on my Instagram that I was planning on weaning Luna, I got a couple of messages from moms asking why. I guess many didn’t understand what the rush was since I was nursing Luna twice a day only. So the main reason why I decided to end our breastfeeding journey was because my little munchkin recently started asking for “cece” which means boobies in Slovak, my mother tongue language. And I felt that the longer I waited, the more attached she would get and the more difficult and emotional it would be to wean her off.
The process of weaning off breastfeeding
As mentioned earlier, Luna was breastfed twice a day, in the morning and in the evening, in the past couple of months. Every morning when she would wake up, I would go get her and bring her to our bed to nurse her. And then every evening right after dinner, I would nurse her again. This was our predictable routine. In fact, it was so predictable that the first thing Luna said in the morning when she saw me was “cece” (which is boobies in Slovak in case you’ve missed it). It was also the first thing she said right after dinner.
So what did I do? In the morning, when Luna would wake up, I would leave the room and go in the kitchen. My husband would then go get her and get her ready for the day so change her diaper, put on clothes, etc. In the evening, I’d go hide somewhere and had my husband give her dinner and do the bedtime routine. And you know what? It was like she had never been breasted.
The last time Luna was breastfed was on Sunday, April 12. Here’s how the next 5 days went:
- Monday: She briefly mentioned boobies in the evening but I was able to distract her with a book
- Tuesday: Didn’t mention boobies at all
- Wednesday: Didn’t mention boobies at all
- Thursday: She mentioned boobies in the morning but my husband distracted her with a song.
- Friday: Didn’t mention boobies at all
I think it’s safe to say that Luna has been weaned successfully. It was an incredibly easy process for us and I’m so grateful.
Would love for you to share your weaning experience or your plans for weaning.