Still breastfeeding

The twins are 16 months old. I never dreamed we would make it this far.

My plan was to wean by 14 months. Instead I night weaned by 14 months and still nurse during the day. I don’t hate it. I don’t resent them. I love our quiet moments of reconnect.

A normal day for us starts at 6 am. Cormac usually wakes first and nurses immediately. Clara waits patiently for her turn. We go downstairs and Clara gets a cup of almond or soy milk and Cormac has water (he will not drink any milk from a sippy – not even expressed human milk). About nap time (10 am) they each nurse again, one at a time. I take the sleeping one upstairs for their nap and then do the same thing all over again for the other. Wake, eat lunch, do stuff until they nurse again around 3. We also have a snack around 3. Dinner is between 5 and 6 with a shower after and nursing to sleep at 7:30. I don’t night nurse and they no longer expect or demand it.

This is perfect for me. I think it’s perfect for them too. It’s not a rigid schedule, but it’s a steady weaning process that feels right for us. My current goal is to nurse through April and then decide what the next step is. We rarely nurse in public (since I no longer nurse on demand), but I certainly can if we need to. I love my nights without nursing and am thankful to have some of my autonomy back. I’m not in a hurry and I know this isn’t forever.

I love our moments together. I’m so thankful that I didn’t give up when it was the hardest thing I had ever done. Because it was.

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  1. Cindy B -  February 27, 2013 - 7:41 pm

    wtg Momma ~ I know about difficult breastfeeding situations ~ diagnosed IGT (first babe, improved but not gone with second).

  2. JennieP -  February 28, 2013 - 5:46 pm

    Kudos for sticking to your guns- so many moms give up very quickly- especially with twins! I am beyond thankful that bf was so easy for me- never any pain and just came naturally for both of us. I’ve always nursed on demand and will continue to do so- even though my tiny has nursed every 1.5 hours since the day she was born.She is now 11mos old and has established her own napping schedule as well. I don’t have a lot of autonomy-I don’t pump- but I had 40 yrs of complete freedom and she will only be this age once. I’m treasuring every minute!!!

  3. Suzie -  March 3, 2013 - 12:35 pm

    We’re “still” breastfeeding at 15 months too. We keep getting that word from people… “still”.. Friends in town. Relatives. Even the Pediatrician likes to use it. As if there’s anything negative or incorrect about continuing the natural feeding of my child. My husband had lined up all sorts of responses in his head if the Dr. said are you “still” breastfeeding.. again. Luckily he didn’t need to use them and we have the support. It is by far the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I applaud you Momma! Way to go!! 🙂

  4. Sarah -  March 3, 2013 - 1:35 pm

    Wtg mama! We are ‘still’ going with my last two at years and at 14 months 🙂

  5. Sarah -  March 3, 2013 - 1:38 pm

    That should say 4 years an 14 months

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