For the past eleven months, I have happily breastfed my daughter. Once the marathon of the first three months ended (10-15 times per day!), we relaxed into a wonderful routine. She’s been eating solid food since about 4 months and currently eats three big meals of real food each day and nurses about four times a day.
But, something has come over me in the past few weeks. I’m done.
I was seriously considering nursing through 18 months, which by American standards is, well, counter-culture. But, it has occurred to me that I would like to find another means to give her everything that she needs… why? I can’t explain it; it’s just time.
What’s the problem, you ask? Well, my daughter is not one of those babies who is able to drink “normal formula”. I join the ranks of those of you whose children cost them $150-$200/month on formula specially designed for babies with sensitive tummies and a habit of spitting up, a lot. This would be fine, for one month, if I could transition to whole milk in four weeks time, but that’s not in the cards either. I have a history of milk allergies and Reagan showed signs of having the same trouble… What about soy milk? Goat’s milk? What’s the big deal with milk anyway? All of these questions have literally been keeping me up at night looking to find solutions.
Then, I thought to myself rationally and calmly, I’ll talk to my pediatrican. I can have a discussion about what I’m thinking, what Reagan’s nutrition plan should look like and my little head will stop spinning. I briefly spoke to a (male) nurse who told me that they just changed the recommendations to introduce milk at 15 months and not 12 months. This, as they say, made me wanted to do Chinese water torture to this nurse for the next three months… because he followed up the statement with “just three more months, Mom” as if I was eating bon bons and drinking Bloody Mary’s to pass the time. (See what I mean about the dripping water?)
Thankfully, (as I write this!) I was able to talk to a different nurse who set my mind at rest about my plan to wean over the next few weeks and my desire to introduce soy or goats milk.
I just wonder about that new “recommendation” – do you think that the formula companies had anything to do with it? Whatever. I’m just thankful to have my boobs sanity back.
(Pictured, a little baby goat, in honor of milk from other sources!)