Monday, 26 September 2011

How not to quit breastfeeding

So stopping breastfeeding isn't going as smoothly as I had hoped.

I knew it wasn't going to be an overnight thing. Littler is far too keen on breastfeeding for it to be a quick process. But I had totally underestimated how much he was still feeding. Or maybe it's more that I'd underestimated how efficient a feeder he is. Let me tell you, Pamela Anderson had nothing on my girls come Sunday morning.

And then Sunday evening's dinner of roast chicken was refused point-blank, probably because I'd let him feed at 4pm having avoided breastfeeding since first thing that morning. So of course he wasn't hungry for dinner. But was hungry at 11pm. And 2am. And 5am.

So much for cutting out those night feeds.

Ah well.

At least I now know NOT to:

:: go cold turkey on breastfeeding

:: spoil an appetite for solid food in order to relieve the pressure of my overstuffed boobs

:: underestimate the efficiency of a 14 month old professional breastfeeder

I now have one bruised and battered boob (or so it feels) from a narrowly avoided blocked duct situation. But am slightly wiser for the experience.

So tonight, we'll go for round 3 of Trying Not to Breastfeed at night. Something tells me, we're in this for the long haul. I also have a niggling fear that it might just be easier to keep on breastfeeding...

(Fickle? Moi?)


  1. ouch!!! good luck with stopping slowly!
    I stopped feeding Buster suddendly after he drew blood by biting me one night at about 13 months old. I was in agony for about a week and its not something I would ever recomend.

  2. I've never been terribly good at giving up - with Bigger I ended up in hospital on a drip for HG and my milk dried up and Bigger sensibly decided she'd rather suck on something with milk. With Littler at 18 months I decided I couldn't do much more (I was still doing multiple feeds and pumping.. have I mentioned I hated pumping...) and my boobs went away with me for a weekend and didn't come back...

    Good luck


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