Just about two weeks ago, Dave and I decided to be done with nursing. We had been supplementing with formula for about a month, but I was still nursing three times a day. Increasingly, Leo was getting frustrated during nursing sessions. Almost immediately he would get really upset. It was clear he wasn’t getting very much milk and it didn’t feel fair to tease him with a meal and then not deliver. So we decided to be done. Truthfully, I wasn’t that emotional about it. When we had first introduced formula I had been pretty upset – disappointed that I wasn’t able to 100% breastfeed. So by the time we decided to end nursing, I had already worked through a lot of the emotions. I knew it had been coming. I had hoped to make a year, but it felt like the very best decision for everyone, especially Leo.
Clearly, I had correct intuition that my body wasn’t producing much milk and was pretty much making the decision to wean on its own. I nursed Leo on Wednesday at lunch. We decided to be done that afternoon. I nursed him again on Friday morning and that was it. I never had to pump or deal with any painful weaning issues.
Leo is going strong on the formula, which we’ll keep up until his first birthday, or close to it. We’ve been using Parent’s Choice – Walmart’s brand – and recently switched to their “Tender” formula, as their original version seemed to be giving Leo gas. I still have about 16 ounces of milk frozen, so we’ve been using that up – throwing in a breastmilk bottle twice a week or so.
As for Leo, our once skinny in the zero percentile baby boy is getting to be heavy! We weighed him at home this past weekend and he came in at 21 pounds! Quite the difference from when he weighed 18 pounds just 6ish weeks ago!