Weaning: What no one ever told me

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It has been one week since I completely stopped nursing Oster.  I weaned him off in stages: First I eliminated all daytime nursing sessions except for before naptime; then I eliminated the naptime feedings. After two weeks I only nursed him when he woke up and before he went to bed for the evening.

Mother’s Day came and my husband didn’t want to wake me up (how sweet). So he fed Oster a bottle in the AM. I thought that this would be a great time to stop feeding him in the morning. So, for a few extra days I was enjoying this once-a-day feeding.

I saw how Oster didn’t care about where is milk was coming from and quite frankly his teeth were constantly digging into me every night.  So, I said, “Done!”

The first couple of days went great, however, after the 48 hours “of no breastfeeding” hump, everything kicked in. The everything that no one ever told me about:

  • My breasts were as hard as softballs for 5 days
  • I started craving food like a junkie
  • Clumps of hair started to fall out
  • I remembered what feeling bloated was like
  • My hormones were raging.  Kind of like the SNL Tina Fey Annuale skit. Actually almost exactly like Tina Fey in the Annuale skit.

Needless to say, my hormones are getting back on track (slowly) and the softball game is almost over.

21 thoughts on “Weaning: What no one ever told me

    • I totally understand what you are going through. When I finally made the conscious decision to stop (see https://discoveranddevour.com/2012/04/29/nighttime-nursing/), it took me almost a month to finally do it.

      It is such a hard decision but you’ll know when to stop. For me, emotionally, it’s getting easier. He still drinks his bottle at night and in the AM. He wraps his one arm around me and holds his bottle with the other. So we still have the “cuddle feeding” time.

      For me, eliminating the morning or night for awhile before stopping the other one altogether helps with the transition.

  1. Oh wow clumps of hair started falling out? ! I already have that now…and u can see a bald spot forming. Not looking forward rob weaning !!eek.

    Must be so good to have yr body back for sure!!

  2. Oh my. We haven’t weaned yet, but I am curious to see how my poor body will react.

    I’m glad things are getting back to normal for you! I would flip the stupid out if I saw my hair fall out in clumps.

    Did you keep taking pre/postnatals during weaning? I’m still taking my prenatals. But you know what, I may stay on these things forever. They make me feel awesome..also, my nails look fantastic. 🙂 I am just talking out of my rear end, but I wonder if they help the hormoney, hair, food thingy.

  3. Ahhhh, I so remember all of that. Your breast don’t really go down fully for a couple of months, and your breast will forever be heavier (my doctor laughed at me when I said that), As for the hair try Udo’s oil, it is a crazy omega oil thing, look it up. I have been taking it for 10 years, and it really helps with skin and hair. We have a 2 year old, and he still has 3 bottles of milk a day, the cuddles never stop!

  4. Wow, I am definitely not looking forward to this. I’m glad you shared it though. Maybe now I won’t freak quite as much when it happens. It’s gonna be a difficult transition, no doubt,

  5. Wowzers! Congrats on making it through. I’m so not ready for any of that yet, but thanks for the link to the Tina Fey skit. Somehow I’d missed that one. Laughed so hard… Can’t wait to see you soon!

  6. Wow, usually we think the little one will have the hard time with weaning, but it looks like in your case you’ve had it much worse than Oster! Hope you’re feeling better!
    p.s. I weaned Charlotte months ago, and I’m still producing milk, though in very tiny amounts!

  7. Hi, I noticed none of you commented on cabbage leaves? When weaning put SAVOY cabbage leaves in your bra(Don’t forget to change regularly or you’ll smell like your cooking dinner!). Honestly it works! I have had 6 children and breastfed every one, I recommend the savoy cabbage to all!!
    Happy hugs your way.x.

    • Wow! Thank you so much for this recommendation. It would have really been helpful to me. I had no idea to do this. Hopefully more people will hear about this (well, at least those who are having similar issues). What a way to relieve the uncomfortable feeling.

      That’s fantastic that you had such success breastfeeding your 6 children. So awesome!

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