It's Over - The End of Breastfeeding
I had chosen to breastfeed my son. I knew I always would if I could and I could so I did. I've even talked about breastfeeding challenges in an earlier post but with lots of encouragement I stuck with it. I'm glad I did.
I was blessed enough to be able to do it exclusively for the first 6 months of his life. I was then able to continue on to do extended breastfeeding into his early toddler years. But all good things come to an end.
One day, he was just not that into me, the milk that is. He just didn't want it that whole week and so knowing that I didn't want to breastfeed him past the age of 2 (which he'll be turning next month) I saw it as my out and took it. It was mutual so I felt at peace with that decision.
The weeks that followed were strange and I couldn't put my finger on what it was. His attitude towards me was different and I felt really moody. It's not until I did a bit of digging was I able to associate everything I was going through with the end of breastfeeding.
To be honest all symptoms aside, I felt really bad and sad not breastfeeding him anymore. I, we had to readjust.
No one really talks about the end of breastfeeding. They tell you all about the beginning but nothing about the end. It would be nice to know at least, no? Stuff like what changes, if any, you'll have or feelings that will be associated with them. I mean, it's probably because it's so brief but I still wanted to share my personal end of breastfeeding journey (See video below). And it's not to discourage breastfeeding at all. Actually I loved breastfeeding my son and I'm glad I did. I see so many of the benefits in his development and for that I would do it all over again.