When Olive was first born, I never imagined that I’d still be nursing her at 15 months! But my little nursing addict is still going strong, showing no signs of dropping any of her sessions any time soon. Though I’d like to drop the daytime nursing sessions — especially since Olive starts daycare next month — I’m not ready to completely wean just yet. This is why I want to wean… and why I don’t.
Why I Want to Wean
- I’m so tired of pumping. At this point I’m only doing it once a day, but even that is a hassle. I just can’t bring myself to quit because I’m making milk so I feel like I should give it to her!
- Olive still seems like a baby because she can’t walk, but I really don’t want to be nursing when she’s walking and asking me for it. She already pulls my shirt up and tries to serve herself as it is. I definitely don’t want that to happen in front of other people!
- The older Olive gets, the harder it is going to be to wean her. While most babies tend to drop nursing sessions on their own, Olive hasn’t dropped any nursing sessions since she was a baby. If anything, she wants to increase them! She still nurses 5 times a day, and would definitely do it more often if I let her.
- I’m the only one who can put Olive to bed at night because I nurse her before bedtime and she hasn’t taken a bottle in 6 months. That means if I want to go out, it has to be after Olive’s bedtime.
- I want Mr. Bee to have more opportunities to bond with Olive. They are definitely getting closer as she gets older, but he had so much more bonding time with Charlie since he gave him his bedtime bottle every night from 4 months on.
- I want my body back. I want to eat and drink without worrying about how it’s going to affect Olive. I admit it — I’m a wino!
- If I were writing this post a month ago, I’d have told you that I wanted to night wean so Olive would sleep through the night. But the tiniest bit of sleep training miraculously got her to night wean and sleep through the night at the same time.
Why I Don’t Want to Wean
- Nursing is like a magic sleeping and calming pill. It solves all that ails Olive! Can’t sleep? Nursing will fix it! Sick/cranky/hurt/sad? Nursing will fix it!
- Olive looooves nursing. Loves it. It’s hard to deny her!
- When Olive wakes up early in the morning, nursing gets her back to sleep. If I weren’t nursing, there’s no way she’d go back to sleep. I’m not a morning person, so that is a big one for me!
- I’ve had two periods in 4 years because I’ve been pregnant or breastfeeding that entire time. I didn’t get my period until 2 months after quitting pumping with Charlie, so I don’t think my period will return until I completely wean Olive. I do not miss my period at all!
- I can eat anything I want and I don’t gain any weight thanks to all the calories I burn breastfeeding.
- I’m not ready to quit yet. I really do enjoy nursing Olive. It’s been such a special bond we’ve shared. At this point I’d like to eliminate daytime nursings, but I’m totally fine with continuing morning and night nursing sessions for a little while longer.
What factors helped you decide when to wean your LO? How old were they?