If you have read my last posts you'll no doubt know that I am 29 weeks pregnant with baby number two. Initially I had planned on breastfeeding both children but after some consideration and given Dexter's extreme clingyness since seeing my belly grow, I decided weaning him may be the best way forward. If I am honest I didn't think he would respond as well as he has to losing his mummy milk. It's been over a month now since his last feed and he has only asked for it a handful of times.
How did I do it?
For a few weeks running up to the end I let Dexter know that he was no longer going to be having mummy milk and that when the baby is born she will need mummy's milk to help her grow as big as her big brother. At first he was a little reluctant to accept that baby's need milk and big boys don't need it as much and can have cows milk instead. In some ways I maybe regret ending our breastfeeding journey because my reasons for doing so I guess were fairly selfish. I just thought maybe meeting a new baby and not only having to share Mummy's time & milk amongst other things would be rather difficult for him to comprehend. I maybe underestimated him and should have given it a go? Then again he has transitioned very well and maybe only asked a handful of times, usually when he's feeling a bit sorry for himself. I'm hoping I made the right decision for him and our family.
At the very beginning of our journey my aim was to get to 6 months which quickly turned into a year. After a year I decided I was going to let Dexter self wean and just go with it despite critisicm from onlookers, friends and even family. To some extent I guess he did self wean as often he wouldn't want any Mummy milk and didn't ask but as my pregnancy started to develop he became more clingy and started asking again. This is what prompted my decision to end feeding completely.
I do hope everything goes well once little miss is born but I guess it's one of those wait and see scenarios. Any advise would be much appreciated......Thank you