Darby Doo weaned like a champ. She was ready, and so was I! I loved nursing her for those 11 1/2 months and I can't wait to do it again with our next babe. But for now, the break from being a milk machine is welcomed!
I was really surprised at how easily she transitioned to whole milk. She loves it! I did a few bottles with a mix of breast/whole milk to start the transition, but I really don't think she even needed that. She loves her cows milk bottle!
I on the other hand, didn't have such a easy transition! The last time Darby nursed was June 27th (one feeding in the am) and I am STILL leaking at least twice a day! Yesterday I was at the mall and Darby started fussing (it was nap time) an I just wanted to try a few new bras on. So I walk into the dressing room one handful of bras, Darby in the other AND pushing the stroller. As soon as I get in the room I notice I have leaked through 3 layers - bra, tank and top. Beautiful. I forgot to put breast pads in! Have I mentioned that ever since I had Darby I really could care less what other people think? Darby calmed down and I continued with my shopping. I'm sure there were some confused people in that store when they saw me walking around with wet circles on my chest!! Note to self: wear breast pads!
At least I am not as uncomfortable as I was. If you have breastfed and weaned, chances are you know exactly what I am talking about. It was horrible. I desperatly stuffed cabbage leaves in my bra to try to get some relief. Who knows if it worked - or if it was the motrin that finally kicked in and helped me feel a little better. Ice packs were my best friend!
So to anyone who asks, breastfeeding Darby was the best thing I could have done. It was a great experience (painful at times, but totally worth it). The benefits definitely outweigh the potential discomfort (soreness, cracked nipples, clogged ducts) - and it's SO good for the baby. Nursing Darby truly aided in creating a close bond, many cherished memories and saved us a LOT of money!!!
I can't believe my little Darby doo is going to be ONE in less then a WEEK!!!!