Musings of a second-time Mum...more

I Force-Weaned My Child, And It Was Awful, For A While Anyway

She didn’t wean herself. There was no gradual decline in the frequency of nursing sessions, no mounting interest in outside activities, no moment of clarity in which she realized she didn’t need breastmilk. Breastfeeding is magic, until it's not. And when the magic ceases, in my case anyway, it does so quickly, and with great resolution. This is a photo taken when it was magic. ...more

I Didn't Expect to Breastfeed My Daughter Until She Turned Three

Four years, nine months, two days, and about 11 hours. That’s how long I have breastfed my kids over my (and their) lifetime. And, I am finally (bittersweetly) done. If you would have told me before I had kids that I was going to nurse them beyond one year, I would have said, “Yeah right.” But here I am with a freshly weaned three year old. How in the world did that happen?...more
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Weaning-A Whole Lot of Mixed Emotions

I didn't think this would be so hard. I thought I was ready for this. I thought it would be harder for her than for me. But it's the exact opposite, which almost makes it worse. I could deal with it better if it was her not wanting to let go, but it's not. That thought hits harder than I ever thought it would. Juliet is completely ready to end our breastfeeding relationship.  ...more

Spilling Guts

Because close-ups of spilling guts are so intensely interesting; doesn't everything up close look mysterious and complicated?  Yes, even when it's not always a good thing....more

Weaning from breastfeeding - the how-to

After I got over all of the heartbreak and decided to move forward with cutting off the boob and weaning my son, I realized I didn't really know how to move forward.  All of my googling led to articles about weaning a child who was over one, needing distraction techniques and whole milk, or articles about babies who won’t take a bottle, which wasn't our problem either....more

The Beginning of the End (of Breastfeeding)

Like many things in life, this is one of those good thing/bad things that makes me happy/sad. Emmy is starting to wean – probably not so much because she wants to, but more because my milk supply has taken a second-trimester-of-pregnancy nosedive....more

Breastfeeding: It’s Emotionally Complicated

I did not think that I would be nursing my daughter until she was almost two. It’s not that I have anything against it. It’s just that I was not raised in a breastfeeding family. And there were a lot of babies in my family. When I had my son I was not totally committed to breastfeeding him. I knew how important it was, and I was willing to give it a try, but I felt good knowing there was a formula backup. And then he was born, and I really wanted to nurse him. Unfortunately he was born with the most horrible case of reflux....more

When is your child too old to breasfeed?

When you ask your little one not to talk with their mouth full, and their mouth happens to be full of your breast, then you have to wonder: Is it time to stop breastfeeding?...more
Hello there, Mindy! I had trouble nursing and a BIG baby, so I nursed for only a month before I ...more

Weaning - the emotional aspect of it all

To be completely honest, I’ve been staring at my blank screen for about an hour now, just trying to figure out how to even begin to write this post.  I guess I’ll start at the beginning....more