Yesterday marked the end of an era, as it was the first day Declan didn’t nurse since the day he was born. Our breastfeeding journey lasted exactly 21 months. It wasn’t planned, it just happened. D had only been nursing once a day for the last month or so, with growth spurts or boredom prompting him to ask to nurse throughout the day, so it was inevitable that it was going to happen sometime soon. To be honest, I think my milk supply had dwindled down over the past week, as it was beginning to become uncomfortable.
I recently sailed past the 19 month mark of breastfeeding Declan, and did so with a sigh. I’m grateful for being able to nurse for so long, but the truth is that I’m ready to be done anytime now. I started out with a 6 month goal, which turned to 1 year once I exceeded my initial length. At the one year mark, I assumed (especially being pregnant twice) that Declan would just self-wean…and soon. Not the case, pregnancy hormones didn’t put him off…at all. And while it was painful, it was nothing compared to the pain of clogged ducts, so I nursed through it. Now? I long for the day that I can reclaim my breasts. Completely tongue-in-cheek, here are some signs that you may be ready to stop breastfeeding:
- Like an automaton, you proffer your breast when you hear the words milk, milkies, boob, boobie, etc. [or any utterance that sounds remotely similar].
- You gaze longingly at your regular bras, tucked into the far reaches of your lingerie drawer, and haven’t the slightest recollection of the last time you wore one.
- Why buy the milk when you get mama’s milk for free is no longer a humorous saying. In fact, you’re thinking about charging at this point.
- You’re ready to disassociate yourself from the Got Milk? campaign.
- You’re seriously questioning having another baby any time in the near future [because the thought of another nursling makes you cringe].
- You no longer think the I’m a Boob Man onesie is cute. At all.
- You’re ready to wear something other than tank tops and cardigans [because, you know, you stopped wearing nursing clothing LONG ago].
- Nursing in public? Pfft! No biggie [almost everyone’s glimpsed my breasts at this point].
- Your little one can now ask to nurse…using a complete sentence.
- Even your grungiest regular bra looks appealing.