August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month. It’s just bittersweet that it is on this month that I felt Z is really weaning. I’ve talked about weaning before but since the start of this month, Z can sleep through the night without nursing! He can even go on for 13 hours without asking for milk.
Here are some tips I can share that’s helping me and Z in this weaning process:
- Talking to your child helps a lot. Prior to this month, Z doesn’t nurse that much when we’re out. I think telling him that nursing is done on the bed only helped him associate our bed to his feedings.
- Follow the “Don’t Refuse; Don’t Offer” mantra. He will want it, when he wants it. And yeah, because he’s associated the bed for milk, he asks for it when we’re lying down. If I feel that he just wants to comfort nurse, I’ll tell him that he’s only got 10 counts to milk. This way, he won’t feel deprived but at the same time, he won’t linger at the breast anymore. And most of the time, I don’t even get to 6.
- Keeping him busy will take his mind off nursing. I plan some activities for him to do (to jumpstart homeschooling) but with his toys, he can stay occupied for a long time.
- Offer a variety of healthy snacks he can munch on during the day. Z likes strawberries, grapes, cereals and cookies. I leave his snacks on his table and he grazes on it the whole day. We just make sure to keep it an hour or two before mealtimes so he will still have an appetite.
By weaning gradually, I’m not getting engorged or uncomfortable. It has been a great 3 years of breastfeeding and I’m really proud to have given the best for my son.