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As I mentioned previously, I chose to carry on feeding Oliver past ‘the norm’, I was never really certain how long we would go for but at 18 months I kind of knew I was going to let him self wean. He had dramatically reduced the amount he fed and I knew it was only really a matter of time before he lost interest. When he stopped falling asleep at the breast I really knew that the end was coming because he clearly wasn’t getting the comfort that he used to but still wasn’t quite ready to let it go – and if I’m honest, nor was I.
I cherished every feed and when it came to the last one he was very insistent. It was almost like he knew that would be the very last time and he needed me. And it had to be then.
I remember him reaching up to stroke my hair while looking in to my eyes with the odd smile thrown in too. I stroked his hair and smiled lovingly at him as we lay snuggled up in my bed on a cold November morning.
He never asked again.
It was definitely the right time for us, we both moved on to the next phase of our lives together without any tears. We found new ways of connecting and we still cuddled lots – he still needed me, even without the milk, which was something that I had worried about.
Nine months later and I still smile when I think about it.
My body changed, my hormones levelled and I suddenly had virtually no appetite. I managed to lose weight, my cycle became more consistent and my breasts deflated a little. It’s not surprising really, when you consider that I am now less than 10 stone, which is the lightest I have been in 6 years. My body has drastically changed over the past 3 years, from being slightly overweight, to 9 months pregnant to then losing the baby weight and more on top of the breastfeeding. There are of course parts of my body that I’m not completely happy with, I’m female after all – but I’ve had child free friends comment on how great I look; I really worried that stopping feeding would mean spaniel ear like boobs and general sagginess, but I needn’t have worried, a good diet, running after a toddler and well fitting bras has kept everything in place!
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