This week, Emily’s doctor gave me the green light to begin the weaning process. I never thought I would get to this point. For the past 11 months, I have timed my life around Emily’s next nursing session and now that it is coming to an end, I will sadly miss all of the inconveniences, mishaps and memories.
When you first start out nursing a newborn, you feel like your entire life has been put to a halt to make way for a 24 hour a day buffet for your little one. The physical and emotional stress of this grand responsibility can be difficult to bear at times. Fortunately, the nursing sessions eventually get shorter, less frequent and less painful. Sooner or later, you begin to enjoy this time with your baby.
When I look back at my nursing experiences, I would have to thank a few key things that enabled me to nurse more discreetly and easily. First, the tinted windows in my car have played an important role during those desperate nursing times in the backseat of the car. Second, the growing number of nursing areas in shopping malls have been a godsend. Some are more luxurious than others, but anything is better than feeling like a tourist attraction while nursing your baby on a bench in the middle of a busy mall. Third, my nursing pillow has allowed Emily to nurse in the most comfortable position while giving me two free hands to catch up on my celebrity gossip with a magazine or read a good book. Finally, all of the support from family and friends has definitely helped me along the way. There are so many thoughtful and loving reasons why a new mom chooses to breastfeed or not to breastfeed and whatever the decision, it needs to be supported by everyone around her. I am lucky to have such wonderful people in my life who have supported me the whole way through, given me advice and shared their most embarrassing stories on this topic.
So as we begin the weaning process, I will definitely miss the wonderful and embarrassing moments I have experienced. However, I can now look forward to new memories with Emily as she tries new foods on her own and develops her own tastes. Maybe my blog will expand to include a new category – “In the Kitchen with Emily”. She can show you how to make a mean beef stew – as long as you don’t mind it pureed.