The Challenges I encountered while weaning my baby
I have been an advocate of extended breastfeeding, and I will continue to encourage mothers who are fit enough to do that as well. Despite the challenges associated with the late weaning of my child, I still see it as a sacrifice, considering the numerous benefits of breast milk for a child.
My baby and I
The motherhood journey itself is a whole lot of work, right from pregnancy, to childbearing, to breastfeeding, to nurturing until a child grows to an age where he or she can take care of himself or herself with little guidance.
The first day of my baby's life on earth
Anything breastfeeding after one year of a child is considered extended breastfeeding, and the World Health Organization encourages extended breastfeeding up to two years while giving the baby other solid food, preferably after six months of exclusive breastfeeding. Most mothers stop breastfeeding at the baby's first birthday; some stop at 8 months to 12 months. Some extend up to a year and two months, 3 months, 6 months, and only a few extend up to two years. I understand that breastfeeding is not easy; it's so draining and comes with some discomfort, especially when the child starts erupting teeth. He or she could bite your nipple, and it would hurt.
My child is a year and ten months now, and I did exclusive breastfeeding for him for 6 months before introducing other solid foods. For the record, I planned on extending his breastfeeding for 2 years, but it seemed I was giving up at this age. Two more months to have my mission accomplished. Well, I think I tried. Two things I have enjoyed during this period with him are his high immunity and our special kind of bonding. This was made possible through breastfeeding. Frequent trips to the hospital due to infection or other baby sickness weren't my baby's case, and I loved this experience with my healthy baby.
Due to the late weaning, it's been so difficult for him to accept the reality that he will no longer be sucking breast milk. We have been battling with this for four days now. It's been four days of sleepless nights because he will cry for hours in the night in search of breast milk. Whatever I give him as a replacement is unacceptable to him. It's been so emotional... I was tempted to breastfeed him again after seeing him cry for hours, but then I comforted myself with this phrase: "What has a beginning surely has an end." On the other hand, I have been down with the fever associated with weaning my baby. My breasts are engorged, causing me pain and headaches. I have been feeling a lot of discomfort, but it's fine.
Even before I became a mother, I had read about this and heard from people how uncomfortable some mothers can feel during weaning, so I had already prepared myself for this sacrifice. I must confess that both emotionally and physically, it hasn't been easy for me within these 4 days, but I am much better now with my baby. He is gradually enduring the lack of breast milk, and hopefully before this week runs out, we both will be fine.
A big shout out to all mothers who take out their time to breastfeed, no matter the duration. It's not all easy at every stage, but our driving force should be that our little one is benefiting health-wise from the sacrifice.
So mothers, did you find it so easy to stop your child from breastfeeding? What were your challenges?
Thank you so much for reading!!!
Please note all pictures are mine
It's a challenge being a mother but your sacrifices will be replaced with happiness as we watched them grow.
I agree with you my dear
Thank you so much ❤️
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He will be fine my dear. I experienced the same when I weaned my second daughter.
Sure he will
Atimes, to get started with this weaning, the preparation begins with the mind. Once you make up Ur mind, it will work out even with the persistent cry of the baby
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So sorry mama, and congrats on weaning your baby, hope the pain has subsided now and he has started collecting the replacement?, no stage of motherhood is easy at all, may God continually strengthen us mothers.
Thank you so much for your kind words glory
The pain has subsided and I feel better. My baby eat well now unlike before
Indeed no stage of motherhood is easy
God's grace to us
That's great, enjoy yourself and prepare for the next bump hahaha
Who throw me stone😁
What's this one saying 🥺😳🥺😳
If I catch you eeh 🚴🚴🚴🚴🏂
Oh dearest, Nkem. I am sorry you àre having a tough time with your baby right now and with this fever that had taken over you. I hope you get better and stronger.
Thank you so much my darling 😍
I am much better now including my baby 🥰👍
This calls for a celebration. I will come around to eat to my fill😂😂
Trouble maker 🤣
In all glory of the Lord.
My baby is 14 months now and I want to wean her by this month end. Do you know that she sucks the hell out of me every day? I don't know if she knows that this is her last month.😀. She sucks too much especially at night. I am looking for tricks to help me. My mum suggested using bitter leaf on my nipples.
Truth be told, I don't think I am emotionally ready😀
Let me laugh my laugh 😂
I used bitterleaf, my boy suck everything
I dissolved flagel tablet and coated it on my nipple, he screamed bitter twice and still suck it like that
Then I became weak 🤣🤣
He sucks as if his life depends on it
I can't explain it well...but night is the worst...
My dear Joy
Weaning Ur baby begins from the mind
Nothing anyone can tell a mother about it solves any issue
Emotionally u must be ready otherwise allow my daughter in-law to enjoy herself till two years 😇😂😂🤣⛹️⛹️⛹️⛹️
This one weak me😀😀😀... I will start reducing it gradually. That night own is too much. God help me o
Amen oo 😂😂
You expressed this phenomenon so well... I think it depends... atleast your baby was not lactose tolerant.
About 7 or 8 years ago, my cousins wife's baby was suffering from diariah...she was so young... few days...
Doctor said that lady not to eat milk produucts and breast feed... but she was not able to hold on, was feeling very weak.
So, she fed her baby formula milk...
I am not in touch with them, but the girl grew up health and the mom is now running marathon 27 kilometers...
My sis-in-law had twins...they will be 2 on May and by 10 months breast feding stoped...
They are healthy as well...
So, it depends...
Btw... this topic is very controversial... the reason i lost toch with my cousin was due to that breast feding business... the lady's mom-in-law later said I was talking very dirty things on breast feeding, post that , a year later I cut relations with that family...
but since your written about it...talked !!!
Breast feeding is really so beautiful ... anyway... I am glad your baby is grown up and will now move on like a kid, without being breast fed, its time indeed!!!
So sorry for late response
You see, different mothers with with different views about breastfeeding but overall, it's a good thing to try 👍
Yeah, I understand, the nurturing nature of a mother... its a experience only mothers can connect to...
I suggest you avoid daily products for children, coz cow milk has harmones, its a good habbit to not have cow milk... and you will understand, that milk is for the calf, but humans are contiuing to exploit the cows ...
COngragulations on weaning your baby anyway, its a milestone!!