I sometimes look at pictures or videos of Waverly when she was still crawling or hadn't yet said her first word & I seriously can't even remember what life was like then. It obviously wasn't that long ago, but it's crazy how quickly our little ones change & we are so consumed with them each day that we don't even realize how fast it actually is (anyone else?). Breastfeeding is like that for me. It was a huge part of our lives for such a long time but now that we are past it, I really am amazed that this little lady actually survived on my milk alone for such a long time.
I breastfed Waverly exclusively for one year, she didn't have formula or any milk besides mine until after her first birthday. Though it started out tough, the breastfeeding process ended up being really great for us. I loved being her main source of nutrients & most of all, I loved the bonding time it provided for us & getting to hold her so close often. What I didn't love?! That damn pump, I was so happy the day we got to pack that thing away. You can read more about our breasfeeding journey here or here.
When Waverly was about six months old, we started adding oatmeal, fruits & veggies in addition to the milk she was getting from me each day. This definitely changed how many ounces she drank at each feeding & also how many feedings of milk she needed. That ended up being good for me, I never was one of those girls who produced a lot of milk so we were literally going day to day with our supply.
I was definitely nervous about running out of milk & also, how Waverly would react to not breastfeeding anymore. Yet as she started nearing 12 months, I noticed that she started needing it less & honestly, was less interested in it, too. I always had breastfed her to sleep at night (despite my pediatrician's recomendation, it worked for us), but as she got older, the time it took shortened & most often, she would fall asleep within a few minutes.
I will never forget the night we officially stopped, which was totally not planned on my part. I took her up for our normal night-time routine of books & feeding yet when it came time for me to breastfeed her, she instead snuggled up to me, closed her eyes & went to sleep. Of course, I held her as closely as possible for about 30 minutes & then, went downstairs bawling (like the uncontrollable, no breathe cry) to tell my husband that she didn't need me anymore. Can I blame it on the pregnancy hormones 11 & a half months later?! ;)
From that point on, we never turned back. While I missed that time with my girl, I felt thankful for how long we lasted & honestly, felt a little freedom to be able to wear normal shirts or dresses again & not have to be tied to a pump all day long. These days, Waverly still drinks milk (2%) once a day & of course, is not shy about eating everything else. Especially ice cream.
Like most other parts of parenting, I definitely feel that breastfeeding is one of those things that you just have to find what works for you & your little one. You will always get tons of advice (even when you don't ask for it), but at the end of the day, you will know what's best. :)
Thank you for many sweet comments & advice this week. I usually don't post so often, but have felt so lucky to be a part of some amazing link-ups (see this post for information on how to link-up today & future posts!) & projects that I have had so much fun with! You mamas are so inspiring & as always, I could not be more appreciative to be a part of this community. Have the happiest weekend!!