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#1 aluminium

Posted 11 April 2012 - 09:11 AM

Tonight (last night, written before bed in my journal) snuggling on the couch after baths, just before bed. DD#1 was watching a TV program. DD#2 in my lap. . .

DD#2- Boobies?

Me – All gone, darling. There’s none left. They’re empty (she hasn’t asked for them all week, I haven’t offered… there’s milk there, I can hand-express, but she has to work hard to suck it out and get it flowing).

DD#2 – Just try?

M – OK.

DD#2 – (Goes for one. Gives it a pump. Has a little suck.) All gone. Other side?

M – Other side?

DD#2 – OK. Try? (She tries the other side. Same deal.) All gone. (Holds her hands out empty.)

M – All gone.

DD#2 – OK. Bye boobies. (She gives them each a kiss and waves goodbye to them. Before pulling up and trying to clip my bra, and then pulling my shirt down.) Bye bye.

She then happily went back to cuddling me. I think she’s done breastfeeding…

It’s bitter sweet. She’s two-months shy of two-years-old (my goal). I’m very pleased we lasted this long without any effort (well, practically no effort, there were a couple of strikes but we worked through those). So naturally.

I’m so impressed by how she is growing up too (if this had happened a few weeks ao, she’d have been beside herself crying).  I’m a bit sad to think that I will never breastfeed a bub again. Just a little bit sad… I’m mostly glad the transition is going so smoothly… Not a little baby anymore!

Just thought I'd share original.gif

Edited by aluminium, 11 April 2012 - 09:22 AM.

#2 MaeGlyn

Posted 11 April 2012 - 09:22 AM

Aww. lovely story OP. original.gif Congrats for breastfeeding so long and that you were also lucky to. It's bittersweet that last week. (I had to have my last week at 4 months due to a kidney infection. : (. but I still think fondly of the time I was breastfeeding.

#3 Kimono

Posted 11 April 2012 - 09:22 AM

That is so sweet.  I am still breastfeeding DD2 who is 10 months, but thankfully like you my other two gave up of their own accord, I was sad too!

Thanks for sharing.

#4 lucky 2

Posted 11 April 2012 - 04:12 PM

That's beautiful, what a lovely girl, thank you for sharing original.gif.
Enjoy your cuddles.

#5 Froger

Posted 11 April 2012 - 04:19 PM

So sweet, and well done to both of you!

#6 Blossom73

Posted 11 April 2012 - 04:21 PM

What a lovely moment OP. Thanks for sharing.

#7 ~shannon~

Posted 11 April 2012 - 04:31 PM

That is truly beautiful. My DD is 22 months and shows no sign of giving up boobies, but I often wonder if this is the way it will happen - peacefully and with no tears. Thank you for sharing, it's warmed my heart!

#8 Corella Deville

Posted 11 April 2012 - 04:32 PM

Oh, that really is a lovely bittersweet moment you've described there.. got me all teary, I've finished breastfeeding my last baby.  It is such a special time.  

Congrats on your extended BFing.  And so lovely that weaning has been gentle and easy on your little one.

#9 aluminium

Posted 11 April 2012 - 07:16 PM

Thanks everyone. I had to share, you know? Tonight made me a little teary. Cuddles again but not even a mention of the boobies (been pretty much like it all week). It has been a gentle process though and I'm very glad. At one point I was worried it would be a battle to get her to wean but she did it all on her own - the only thing I did was stop offering and just let her lead. Amazing little thing, she is! original.gif

#10 Pocket79

Posted 12 April 2012 - 10:43 AM

OMG that made me cry  cry1.gif It is a lovely story, thanks for sharing OP. What a gorgeous little girl you must have.

#11 GoneWithTheWhinge

Posted 12 April 2012 - 10:48 AM

Beautiful story and well done to you for allowing her to make the decision on when to wean.

It is a bittersweet time, when my daughter finally gave it up I was glad to have had it finished with but at the same time a little bit sentimental at the thought of never having to be able to do that again.

#12 firsttimemummy18

Posted 12 April 2012 - 10:54 AM


#13 Therese

Posted 12 April 2012 - 10:54 AM

That's lovely. Thanks for sharing it with us original.gif

#14 starseed

Posted 12 April 2012 - 11:02 AM

Oh how beautiful! Having a little cry into my coffee at the loveliness...

Your story makes me ache for another little boobie baby.  wub.gif

Enjoy the delight of your growing up girl xx

#15 aluminium

Posted 13 April 2012 - 08:47 PM

Thanks for the nice comments. I'm glad I shared original.gif

#16 nen-c

Posted 13 April 2012 - 08:59 PM

Thanks for sharing - DS weaned recently at 22 months and the last time he tried to breastfeed "taste yummy boobo please?" he told me it was all gone too.....Sad but nice that it wasn't a difficult step for him.

#17 bettymm

Posted 13 April 2012 - 09:03 PM

Sounds like a lovely way to finish the breast feeding relationship.  Both sides seem pretty ready to finish up.  Tis a bit sad though isnt it?  Well done for keeping it up for as long as you have! original.gif

#18 Mummy Em

Posted 13 April 2012 - 09:05 PM

cry1.gif  So bittersweet

#19 QueenElsa

Posted 13 April 2012 - 09:07 PM

Hope I can be like you in 20 months time....Well done OP.

#20 jaismum

Posted 13 April 2012 - 09:10 PM

Congrats on making it that far OP

#21 Sancti-mummy

Posted 13 April 2012 - 09:11 PM

Aww - how sweet - I thought we were there a few times (she has to ask, I no longer offer) but she has in the last week developed a whole new relationship with them...  She is nearly 28 months and I was hoping to get to 2 years...

#22 Hooray Henry

Posted 13 April 2012 - 09:14 PM

What a lovely story.  Thank you for sharing.

I shared with DH too


#23 MuppetGirl

Posted 13 April 2012 - 09:22 PM

Absolutely beautiful story OP. Very heartwarming and makes me desperately hope that I am able to BF my 3rd and last child.

#24 LipStick

Posted 13 April 2012 - 09:32 PM

So lovely!! Thanks for sharing. made me tear up! My DD is nearly 6 months and it will be a sad time when she decides she no longer wants to BF.

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