Friends, I would like to share with you a blog post from one of my friends in Together We Mother. I believe there are many of you who can relate. As for me, I am not yet done with breastfeeding and I cannot imagine the feeling when it’s time to wean either of my babies.
I breastfed my daughter for two years. It was something I felt strongly about because there was just so much to gain. First, I knew I was giving my baby the best nutrition for her body. Second, it created in us a strong bond, a connection like no other. I couldn’t bear to be away from my baby girl because I know she needed me. I nursed her everywhere, anywhere, whenever she would ask for it. Third, breastfeeding her made me realize my purpose and strength. My daughter was my inspiration. My list can go on and on but you get my point. My breastfeeding journey was such a big part not just of motherhood but of who I am as a person. But for quite some time now, my baby girl has not been looking for my breast anymore. She could sleep through the night without nursing. There were days also when she did not nurse at all. I feel like we are at the end of our breastfeeding journey and I am sad because I am not yet prepared to let her go, to lose that connection that we have, to have her close to me all the time. My little girl is growing so fast. Nowadays, she just holds my hand when she sleeps. She no longer seeks my breast for comfort, my hands are enough. I am teary eyed. I know I have to let her go gently. What a journey we’ve been through.