I weaned Paddy on Monday. Monday was the first day of complete physical and emotional chaos in my world.
I weaned because his teeth weren't working too well with my nipples. The result was a lot of cracks and a lot of bleeding. He has been eating real food since he was 6 months and had weaned himself through the day - he just fed at night. Instinctively I made the decision that we should go all the way.
Tuesday morning I woke up with engorged, painful boobs. Tuesday afternoon I was at the hospital and on antibiotics to keep mastitis at bay.
Wednesday morning I woke with a overwhelming feeling of guilt. Had I weaned too soon? Did I really think it was the best time for him to wean or did I just give up because it got hard? Did I break the bond between mother and son? Was I just purely selfish?
I wanted to feed Paddy until he was 18 months old at least but we only got to 11 months. I felt I failed.
Now 5 days on..... my boobs aren't as bad but really painful still. I can't leave the house because the milk is slowly leaking out. I have gotten over the guilt to some degree and told myself I just have to move on. It's too late now anyway....
Why doesn't anyone tell you how hard and how emotional breast feeding is?!!
I know we are moving on to another stage in Paddy's world and I know it's going to be great. I just miss the little baby I had.
We will get there...... One day at at time.