During pregnancy, I firmly promised myself to feed the baby with breast milk for up to six months. After hearing the stories of more experienced mothers and women of the past generation – grandmothers, I was sure that breastfeeding an almost one year old baby was just fear and horror.
It seemed to me that the child would necessarily be naughty in public places, demanding breasts, biting, clinging to me everywhere and everywhere. Now, when my son is almost two, and we just finished breastfeeding only 2 weeks ago, it’s ridiculous to remember old beliefs.
Comfort and convenience
Starting to breastfeed my son, I adjusted myself to the fact that it was hard work. Nursing mothers have to follow a diet, regularly apply to the breast of the child, to treat lactostasis.
In fact, everything was much easier. Three months later, the child had an intestine, and I stopped eating only porridge, kefir and dried fruit.
The kid chose for himself the schedule of sleep and food, and the need to feed him by the hour went away. Since the son ate on demand, lactostasis visited us only once, and was successfully sucked up by the child himself and the cabbage leaf.
The great advantage of breastfeeding was the fact that already from the fourth month, after the baby stopped having a tummy ache, my husband and I began to get enough sleep.
We removed one of the walls of the crib and moved it close to the adult. When the baby woke up at night to have a bite, I did not have to run to the kitchen and prepare the mixture – it was enough just to lie down to him and provide food.
So, when my son was half a year old, and that very frontier that I once defined myself, I just realized that breastfeeding does not require any effort from me. Moreover, efforts are needed to wean the baby.
I just continued to feed the baby, with whom we had such a harmonious tandem.
After a year and eight months, I began to gradually reduce the number of feedings per day, deciding to leave only milk before the daytime and nighttime sleep and during sleep.
This was done so that an adult child would begin to understand that the main food is regular food, and milk is a pleasant sedative.
Approximately a year and 10 months, it became clear that the period of involution had already been completed and there was extremely little milk. Usually, a child sleeping well at night began to wake up, hanging on his chest for a long time. Out of habit, he ate little at lunch and dinner, waiting for mother’s milk before bedtime.
It was obvious that the time had come to think about the end of the process.
Morally preparing for sleepless nights, crying and whims, I was surprised how soft and painless everything went. Hearing on the first day that the milk was over, the son squeezed out a male miserly tear, after which he fell asleep unnoticed.
On the second day I armed myself with books and literally put him to sleep with a fairy tale about a kolobok. The third day – again books. The baby woke up several times at night, but fell asleep again easily, as soon as he shook him a little. Now the child sleeps all night long, completely not thinking about milk.
Small difficulties: hush and grandmothers
Despite the fact that long-term breastfeeding is a pleasant and simple process in most cases, small problems do appear.
– The child bites. Every nursing mother passes through this when the chads appear. It is not too difficult to wean him from this bad habit: for a few seconds, remove the breast from the bitches with the words mom hurts.
– Like many young mothers, it seemed to me that my grown-up baby one day would say to everyone on the street that he wanted a sis. Nothing like this. He did not even learn this disgusting word and never, being in society, did not ask for milk.
– The benefits of breast milk today are obvious, probably, for everyone, except for some of the representatives of the past generation. Our grandmothers were exactly like that. They went to work, barely pushing the child into the nursery, and the strength of the Soviet worldview still cannot let them go.
The grannies told me that it was enough to give the child some blue water. The best remedy for such intrusiveness is modern medical literature on motherhood.
– The inability to smoke and drink alcohol even on holidays. It is hardly a problem, rather, the formation of a healthy lifestyle.
– Psychological fatigue. It seems to mom that she is tied to her child, cannot move away from him for a minute. At such moments it is worth remembering that absolutely the same thoughts come to the head and not nursing mothers.