Yes, when i first decided to breastfeed uZAir, i intend to do it up till he turns 2 years old but he has 4 more months before his 2nd birthday, so why am i weaning him off?
There are number of reasons that make me decide to wean him off.
1. He is being super whiny n clingy, both me and husband think we should put a stop to it. And there’s a saying that, weaning a child off is a mark to being independent. It is time for uZAir to be independent. This is basically the major factor. He bf almost every hour during the day! It is more of pacify than drinking actually. Some might say, “maybe milk is not enuff, die tak puas”…i dont think my milk supply is the issue coz he weighs heavier than average. He’s weight is out of the curve.
2. Since i’m a stay-at-home-mom, i never get time-off. I believe it is time to do justice to my body system. I’m been sleep deprived for the pass 20months, oh in fact more, coz before the birth of uZAir, i already had my sleepless night waking up for both hArith and athirAh. Nowadays i wake up minimum of 5 times and it can go as much as 12 – 13 times a night. Yes, i hardly get a complete one hour of sleep. As much as i wanted the best milk for uZAir, i would like to give my body the sufficient rest needed before everything get haywire with my body system.
3. And he has started showing interest in school. In order to attend school, we would need to wean off first aight.
4. And not till i wean him off, i can never move around for more than 3 hours or so. I will always need to bring him along wherever i go, or else he will be crying or shall i say screaming away. So the longest i can leave the hse without him is about 2 hours or so. And haven’t i mention that he has super strong lung, he can scream for complete 2 hours, wihout any sign of stopping and the volume remain at the upmost throughout the 2 hours!
However, i have been hesitating to wean him off coz i wasnt ready to go through the ordeal. There are times i would just say it to myself, to just go on with all the hectic of bf rather than creating another hectic issue of weaning off. Somehow, somewhere last week, on the 9th Mac, i woke up with a feeling (nawaitu) “lets do it”..i asked my maid to pluck some daun hempedu bumi at the back which taste very pahit and rub it at my b**by. Each time he wanted to bf he will say “uweks / yucks / bluek” but he continue bf, i continued rubbing the leave but soon he became immune to the taste, he bf like usual. I started rubbing other things, coffee, asam jauh, minyak gamat (!), Vaseline…but none of it stop him from bf. Yes, he is surely a boy with great perseverance.
On Sunday, 14th Mac i decided to call it a stop. I didn’t put anything on my breast..i just refrain him from bf. Told him “finish”..i played the ignore game. I completely ignored his whining. He cried the whole morning till noon. I relly owe an apology to all my neighbours, giving them such a noisy Sunday morning. After hours of crying, he grasp the fact no more bf for him.
To be continued…
meanwhile, here’s a picture of the three siblings going to school, just arrived..auntie Aishah opening the gate for them