Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Weaner

I went up to Grammaland for a Christmas party on Saturday. BJ stayed at home with the kids, and went to another Christmas party. I decided to wean Claire, since she handles my being gone overnight just fine, and nursing has become more of a habit with her than anything else. A habit that was really annoying me, to be frank.

It's so hard. She cries and cries, "NUR NUR, NUR NUR!" and my hormones are going nuts (nursing surpresses certain bodily activities, and the cessation of nursing causes those to start up again, if you know what I mean) so I'm emotional. And my boobs hurt. A lot. But I haven't nursed her since Saturday afternoon, and it seems to me that we're over the worst of it now. She's doing ok. I'm doing ok. We might live through it.

Many people have said that they dropped a bunch of weight when they quit breastfeeding. Since I nursed MG while I was pregnant with Claire and for 9 months after Claire was born (moo), I never got to see whether or not that was true for me. God, I hope that's true for me. After being pregnant or breastfeeding or both for the last four years, it would sure be nice for my body to reward me by dropping 50 pounds with no effort.

I won't hold my breath...

I really thought I'd be more emotional about it (especially considering the hormones), but I'm fine with the decision. BJ wants to go for a third, and I will not tandem nurse again - it was WAY too hard - so if we're going to have a third, this is a necessary step. And to be honest, I'm ready to have a break for a little while. I'm ready for Claire to grow up a little. I'm not wailing "Mah Baby!" or anything.

Yet.

But I do have to figure out how I can express a little milk at work. Can't use the bathroom sink - they're communal. Maybe I could aim for the commode in a stall, but I really don't want to get it all over my jeans. I'm not the neatest milk-expresser. I'm alone in the office, but the idea of sitting at my desk and aiming for a coffee mug doesn't do much for me. And how am I going to get rid of it when I'm done?

This is the kind of stuff they really should teach in the parenting prep classes when you're pregnant. Maybe I should write a letter.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

There is medication to dry up and the more you express, the more you produce... happened to me and I didn't even breast feed. Good luck!

Amy said...

Cabbage is supposed to work, too, but I don't want to smell like old cole slaw. :)

I'm only expressing enough to take the pressure off.

Amy

Mary said...

This may sound silly, but try maxi pads. I would do this at work sometimes if I had to go longer between pumpings. Just sit on the potty, mold the pad accross your breast and express. Then toss in the "feminine products" receptical or regular trash if you don't have one of those.

I also weaned my 17 month old recently, but have been lucky that we cut down enough that I haven't been uncomfortable.

I miss it a little, even though it was getting annoying. Even after 3 weeks, he still asks occasionally, especially if we are in our old nursing hangouts!

Hope that helps!

Honig said...

Hi Amy-

Have you thought about buying a cheap hand pump? Then you could even save the little you pump and give it to Claire. Otherwise the maxi pad idea sounds like it would work, or the Avent breastfeeding pads are soft and thick (I use 'em at night when I need to) and you might be able to use them.

Kudos to sticking through it when she's asking for it. Marc is only 7 mos and I'm having a hard time making the decision to drop our noon nursing. I keep saying I'm going to do it, but keep not doing it. Or I skip the noon one, but then for his next feeding I'll give in and nurse instead of bottle-feeding him (He's 50-50 right now). I can't imagine how conflicted I'd feel if he was asking for it!

Anyway-good luck!