Monday, 11 January 2010
The first year of Aaron's life has gone by way too fast. I can't believe that he will be one next month and with that comes numerous transitions.
The biggest transition is coming up in the next few weeks and that is weaning Aaron from the breast. When I had Nathaniel we weaned when he was about 8 months old due to my crazy schedule (school, work, etc.) and I was happy to wean him, being that I thought 8 months was a good go at nursing. Now that Aaron is almost a year I can wean him straight onto cow's milk and not have to spend any money on formula. That's a super plus in our family as formula is expensive (not to mention it smells terrible and makes the poop reek).
The weaning process has actually been going on for about a month now, slowly cutting out feedings during the day and supplementing those feedings with solid food and water, but I have noticed that as D-day approaches I'm becoming sad about weaning.
Yes, it will be nice to have my body back, and I know that Aaron doesn't need the health benefits of nursing any more, but it's sad to lose that bonding time with the baby. I know I can replace that time with other time (snuggles, reading, etc.), but I just don't feel ready to let go of my baby.
Which is precisely why I'm weaning him. If I felt like Aaron personally needed the nursing, I would continue for sure. But, as a mom I know it's my job to help my child separate and become his own person. It would be completely selfish for me to continue nursing Aaron based off of my needs. I know so many moms who nursed their children well beyond the first year not because their kid needed it, but because they did. To me, that's just not healthy for either party.
There are a lot of transitions like this in parenthood. I have gone through many with Nathaniel, and I know that this is just the first of many with Aaron.
How did you determine when to start weaning your child? How did that transition go?