Today BiP turned 11 months old. It’s an incredible milestone for us especially as our breastfeeding journey has been far from easy. Before she was born I knew I wanted to breastfeed her, I never thought for how long. Now, she is fast approaching her first birthday it’s amazing how many people have announced that it is time for me to call it day and start weaning her.
In all honesty the thought of weaning makes me want to cry. Finally, I love feeding her – it no longer hurts, it’s easy and, I feel, it is the reason she is such a confident, happy, healthy baby. It is something so special that we share, no one else can give her what I can and I know one day it will have to stop but why does it have to be based on a date in the calendar? I doubt BiP’s ideal birthday present would be to weaned. She loves her “boobie” so why would I take that away from her when she is still so young? The answer is, I won’t. Not yet.
I won’t list all the “advice” that I’ve been given but here are a few (one of which came from my doctor):
You’ve done your bit – time to call it a day
There is no benefit to breastfeeding beyond 6 months
The only reason you breastfeed is for selfish reasons
It’s time to think if yourself now
It’s abnormal to be still breastfeeding a baby of her age
It truly is no one’s business yet everyone seems to have a take on it. Weaning will happen when it happens; when WE decide not because the calendar says so. So, here is to 11 months of breastfeeding and an unknown number of months in the future!