So the day finally came… about 2 weeks ago (July 12th to be exact), Bradley self weaned after 25 months of nursing! I’m proud to have provided the best nourishment for so long and happy that it came to a peaceful and gradual end for both of us.
The plan was only to breastfeed for a year but once we reached that milestone, it was clear that he was nowhere ready to be done with his mama milk. I decided to let him take the lead and continue nursing on demand until he decided it was time to be done. I did have a fear in the back of my mind… envisioning nursing my high school senior because he never decided to wean lol.
When I found out I was pregnant with baby number two, I noticed that nursing became a bit painful and I began offering less and only nursing when he asked. Around two years he would only ask to nurse before bed and this continued for a few months. I knew my milk was pretty much gone and that he was just nursing for comfort. So one night I could tell he was really tired… I put on some armor (sweatshirt without easy access) and just snuggled him until he fell asleep. I thought it was a fluke but the next night he didn’t ask to nurse and hasn’t since!
While I’m honestly relieved that I have a short break before nursing my baby girl (due in November) I’m a little sad to see that my baby is really growing up and becoming less dependent on me. The true test will be when baby girl arrives and my milk comes back in full force if he will want to nurse again. I will keep you posted 😉
I’d love to hear about your breastfeeding and weaning journeys!