Monday, May 17, 2010


Brooke enjoyed nursing so much as a baby (so much so that she wasn't fully weaned until about 23 months) and anytime she was tired or upset, nursing her would "fix" her. Nursing was so helpful in caring for her that I used to stay awake at night wondering how I would mother her when she finally stopped breastfeeding. The good news is that she weaned so naturally that is was never a big deal.

When Adrienne popped out I just naturally assumed that she would be the same way and that she would nurse until she was older. However, as we approach her first birthday, she is just not interested in breastfeeding:-( She has never been a comfort nurser by any means and now that's she's eating more foods she has very little use for it. Today she nursed only three times (when I practically forced it on her!) and it's just sad to me that she's so uninterested. What got me REALLY sad is that she doesn't even want to nurse before bed anymore. If I try to feed her she'll spend the time laughing or grabbing at my nose or talking to me. Those moments are precious but it just reminds me that she's not really a baby anymore!

I'm hoping that Adrienne continues to nurse for at least a while longer but if not, I'm thankful that we were able to nurse for all of those months that we did! My philosophy on weaning Brooke was to let her self wean, meaning that I didn't ask if she wanted to nurse but I didn't refuse her either. My fear is that if I practice this same method with Adrienne that she won't ever ask. In that case, I think I'll continue asking for a while. Breastfeeding is such a beautiful, healthy, special thing and I would like to see her nurse longer than a year. We'll see...

Man, raising babies is bittersweet, isn't it? It's fun to see them grow but with each new step you miss what they've left behind. I think I'm just feeling sappy because Adrienne's birthday is less than 2 weeks away. How could that even be possible????


rccalyn said...

Arianna is eerily similar! She still asks to nurse, but not nearly as much as Marissa did at this age, and when we were on vacation, she was too busy to ask a lot of the time! It makes me sad too - I just love breastfeeding, sitting down to focus on cuddling, etc.

*~tRiStYn MiChElLe~* said...

oh my goodness she cant be turning one already!!!!! Wow...that went fast! Isnt it amazing how every child is different?? I had it the opposite of your two though but I loved every minute of it this time. I have to say that your encouragement really meant a lot in those beginning months!THANK YOU!!! :0) miss seeing you! We need to do lunch again.