Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Don't want to jinx it . . .

. . . but Eloise hasn't nursed in a few days. I don't remember exactly when the last day was, because, to be honest, I was looking forward to weaning. I was trying to do what I did with Iris, which was the "don't offer, don't refuse" method of weaning. Eloise would have nursed multiple times a day for.ev.er. if I had let her, so I had to be a little more strict about limits. I honestly didn't think we'd be here right now, as both of the girls are adjusting to sleeping in their own beds in a bedroom together. So Eloise has moved out of my bed AND weaned at the same time. It all seems okay, though. She hasn't broken down in tears because of being refused a nursing session. She just stopped asking! So, anyways, it's been several days. I think, at this point, I can reasonably say we are done. I'm not sure when I get to say with 100% certainty, because I really don't know what will happen. I would like her to be weaned, though.

I started nursing Iris on June 18, 2004, the day she was born. She latched on moments after birth. I nursed through my entire second pregnancy, then, on August 17th, I officially became a tandem nursing mama, nursing both my newborn and my two year old. Iris weaned about a month or so after she turned three, so I was tandem nursing for about a year. All in all I've nursed for roughly five years and two months. Whew!

It's such an accomplishment, something I don't take lightly. I was extremely, extremely blessed to have pretty much no problems nursing either of my babies. I was able to get them to nurse right away at birth, never had latch issues, was able to pump enough milk during the 20 hours a week I worked when Iris was young so that she never had to have formula, and successfully nursed through pregnancy and tandem nursing with nary a supply issue in sight. I even, once, donated a very small amount of milk to a local mama looking for donated breast milk. I would have loved to have donated more but being an official milk donor through an agency was a little too much work for me. Neither of my children have ever had formula other than stealing a sip from someone's bottle.

I believe that nursing until this stage was my daughter's birth right. I believe it was the best thing for them and I believe I was able to nurse for so long because of the support I received from my family, friends and community to do so.

This is my story-- OUR story. It's one I'll always remember.

2 comments:

  1. Congratulations on nursing your girls for this long...that is amazing, Sybil. I really admire your willingness to let them decide. And also, congrats on being done now. :)

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  2. That's a real accomplishment. Congratulations to you on that and here's to being done. I remember those first months of having my boobs back. It was very liberating!

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