I am in the process of doing something that I swore to myself that I would never ever do: I am weaning my child off of breastmilk without her consent.
I had planned on waiting until she was “ready” to be weaned – when her feedings gradually decreased, and when she had a steady and consistent appetite for table foods. At two years of age, my toddler is no longer a baby and to be really honest here, I am starting to get a little uncomfortable with our feeding time. This has been a very sad but inevitable part of my reality lately: my child is growing up so fast and there is nothing that I can do about it.
We are weaning off the breast, out of our bed, and trying to get her to use the toilet again. These next few weeks are going to be the hardest that I’ve endured since my daughter’s birth two years ago. I will keep you all posted on our progress, but in the meantime, I really need some support and encouragement. I just feel so terrible refusing my daughter’s request for, “Milk. Want some, mommy?” As I type this, tears are filling my eyes as I watch my husband prepare a sippy cup of almond milk for my daughter.
I know that weaning has to happen at some point, but that sure does not make it any easier for my mother’s heart to handle.
If you’ve been through parent-led weaning before and have any advice, I would love to hear it. Thank you in advance for your support. I really appreciate it.