I've meant to come on here to update for ages now... Updated on the Extended nursing thread a few days ago and meant to come straight here after that, but got interrupted... but here I am now.
I had a bit of a break from BW as I felt so ill PG wise (soooo sleepy, and then awful nausea and vomiting) As you can see from my signature Sienna is no longer a "booby kid" and we're no longer BF. It was a very gradual wean where she self-weaned due to my gradually decreasing supply that I'd talked to you all about before. Turned out there was nothing we could do to fight the pregnancy hormones, they just took over and the milk gradually got less and less. Felt sad
but I'm very glad it was as gradual as it was so I had time to adjust too. I would have really liked to continue for at least a while longer, but we just had to accept it and move on.... Towards the end she was only sucking for a few seconds at bedtime and am, then only in am, and for the last weeks she only got drops and the last week nothing but she kept still wanting to latch on so I let her. Didn't see any point in refusing it and knew it wouldn't last anyway so let her do it at her own pace. Then she finally lost interest when it was clear nothing was coming and it wasn't coming back either, and it's been a few weeks now since she latched on at all. I really wanted to get to two years at least, but I suppose we were only 2.5 mos short of that and I should be happy that we could BF for as long as we did. One bonus is that she's now finally STTN. Woke for a drink of water at night instead of the milk she used to have, and at the beginning she was having 6-7oz in one night
She's now dropped that to the occasional sip of water if she wakes, but she takes care of it by herself so I do get much better sleep now. (PG nausea got a lot worse when we stopped though, no idea if this was related or not... a bit better again now TG). One of the reasons I kept going with night feeds was that I knew my supply was quite vulnerable. Had problems with supply with DD1 (and nowhere near the knowledge and support I have now about how to keep it up) and it was decreasing supply hand in hand with bottle preference that ended DD1's nursing at only 9.5 mos. So I'm very happy and proud that we got as far as we did, even if I'd prefered to carry on a bit longer. I'll try DD2 with a cup of pumped milk once baby#3 is here and see if she'll have it that way then. She doesn't like cow's milk or any other milk.
I'll be checking in from time to time to see how you're all going and to support any new PG and nursing mamas who may join too. It's lovely reading about your tandem feeding experiences (even though I have to admit I sometimes feel just a little jealous
Thank you all so so much for all the advice, encouragement and support you've given me here!
I hope to see you around.
Oh and Rebecca, thanks for thinking of me sweetie!
Vicku, are you still around... thinking of you. Hope pregnancy is treating you well.. xo