Wednesday, January 23, 2008

two days and counting

My daughter is 363 days old today. In two days she's eligible for full-on dairy privileges. I actually gave her a couple of teaspoons of my milk this morning. So far, so good. I don't actually anticipate any problems as the kid has been scarfing yogurt and cheese for ages. Friday means milk, though, and I'm pretty excited about it. I've already (sort of) started the weaning process, and she's not really liking it. She had been nursing when she woke up in the morning and before bed, plus before and after naps...only it was sort of half-hearted for the nap time feedings. I started eliminating the "after the afternoon nap" feeding last week, and S is not happy about it. In hindsight, eliminating the before nap feeding would've been easier. Live and learn. Anyway, we'll keep plugging away at it, and I hope I'm able to cut one feeding a week until we're mama-milk free. So, I guess we're about a month and a half away from that goal.

Of course, I'm not sure if it's a good thing or not to go through this right before we move or to wait. Part of me thinks it would be better to have her used to not nursing before we move...you know, one less thing to change once we're moved. The other part of me thinks the transition of the move would be easier on her if she was still nursing. If every single aspect of her routine was the same and only the geography changed it might be less jarring...

I have no idea what to do here. I guess I could call the pediatrician and ask for his recommendation. Part of me is selfish and doesn't want to wait two more months to start the process. Besides, Scarlet Lily is having a party in late April, and I want S to be completely adjusted to non-nursing before I go. I don't want to be in the middle of weaning her and then "abandon" her for a weekend. That seems like it would be really bad for both of us. I can just imagine me being a real party animal while my milk is drying up. Sorry for the image burned into the brains of the men at M's office. You all know that you're reading a chick blog...you should be prepared for these things.

Happy Wednesday, peeps. I've got to go make some lunch.

3 comments:

Sarah said...

Oh, all kinds of non-mommy confusion around these parts... I wish you could have seen my face while reading this. "Wait, what does milk and turning 1 have to do with each other? Does she not want to stop? Oh, no, she does want to stop." On and on. I think I've basically got it now though :) One of these days I'll be up to speed and be able to talk milk and boobs with the best of them!

feather nester said...

Hmmm, that is a toughie. I'm guessing I'd go with asking the pediatrician, but if I were a betting gal, my money'd be on the version where you have to wait. I don't wish that on you, but I bet she'll need it with the stress. Or maybe you could just wean more slowly, so you'd still be done by the end of April, but she could still be nursing a little during the move? Whatever you decide on, it'll work out.

Strongmama said...

We moved (down the street, but it was still stressful) and weaned at the same time. I was ready. It depends mostly on how you feel. I think some feedings will be easier to get rid of than others. During the day it's easier to distract with a snack or an activity, but morning and nighttime may require some help from M. We finally ended the morning and night feedings by having B take J and give him milk from a cup. In the morning I got to sleep a little longer. Once he was drinking from a cup we were able to do all the same morning/nighttime rituals we always did. It probably took about 1-1.5 months to wean completely. I (B actually) recommend the Nuby straw cups with the handles (keeps sugars off the teeth better than an actual sippy cup). Good luck!