Friday, July 12, 2013

Baby Led Weaning Works (Insert Sad Face)

We’re coming up on my little man’s first birthday, and he is growing up way too fast. Part of that is that he is backing off of nursing a good bit. Which is totally normal. And fine. But sad to mama.

I started Baby Led Weaning when he turned six months old, and he really took right off eating. He loves food, and eats basically whatever we eat. Last month he was nursing every 4 – 5 hours during the day, and now he’s down to just morning, before supper, and before bedtime.

This is so bittersweet. I’m ready for him to quit. And then I’m not. But it’s time, and I’m glad the BLW is doing exactly what it’s supposed to do.

He loves meat, bread, blackberries, and blueberries especially. He begs for eggs in the morning, and he gets two! He puts a nice dent in my weekly egg supply. He’ll eat just about anything. I love that about him and BLW.

I’m curious to see how long he goes with the morning and night feedings. I’m not expecting to have a hard time dropping them, but I will sure miss our little times together. I’ve nursed here there and yonder over the last year – our house, in bed (while sleeping!), in the car on the side of the road, Disneyworld, doctor’s offices, putt putt at Ormond beach (he was tiny!), in our backyard, and wherever else I had to. It was super hard for the first two months, but after the third month, it was a breeze. I’m proud to say that I breastfed both of my babies for a year – exclusively pumping for Blair and the easier “normal” way (once past the first 3 months!) with Leighton. I am so glad to have both of these experiences!