Weaning (and Formula)

I’m doing it.

Slowly but surely.

I touched on this a few weeks ago when I talked about planning for #2, but it feels so strange to put my thoughts into action.

To be honest, I think it’s harder for me than it is for Abby.

I’ve had so many mixed emotions with this decision.  For us, it’s all about prioritizing (I suppose that’s how most decisions are made) and it all comes down to this:

Do we want to breastfeed our daughter for (at least) a full year, or do we want our kids to be super close together?

Super close together won.

That being said, it’s still a strange feeling.  Being a SAHM, I could continue nursing and I feel like it’s part of my “job” (especially considering the fact that nursing was never a struggle for us and we consider ourselves fortunate in that regard).  Nursing could continue. It’s not like I’m pumping at work or planning around my travel schedule or anything like that.

But if nursing continues, the chances of us getting pregnant sooner rather than later are slim (because no, my period has not returned yet – sorry if TMI.  It’s funny that it’s actually something I’m hoping for and waiting for – call me crazy!).

But back to my story…

I’m weaning. Slowwwwly.

I started two weeks ago when Abigail reached the 7 month milestone and we replaced one meal a day with formula.  She devoured it as if she’s been eating it her entire life (not surprising considering the fact she eats anything we give her). 

That strange feeling I had when making the decision to wean or not to wean was still there (I’d call it “guilt” but I’m not convinced that’s the right word…let’s just stick with “strange”).  To make myself feel a little better, I chose a formula that would minimize the strange feelings I was having.  I discussed it with 7x7xDaddy and he supported my decision so we all walked to Whole Foods and ended up with this:

Earth’s Best Organic Infant Formula.

Call me a sucker, but here’s how I see it:  it’s a little more expensive for a little extra peace of mind (and a little less crazy Mommy which is all 7x7xDaddy cares about).

The funny part about this whole weaning process?

I’m 2 weeks into it and we’ve cut out one or two nursing sessions a day (and replaced it with Earth’s Best) and the strange feelings I was having are quickly being replaced with feelings of freedom, acceptance and excitement.  The strange feelings have been replaced with the knowledge that we’re making the best decision for our family and that’s all that really matters.

Funny how quickly things change.


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9 Responses

  1. This is amazing! What a fun, and exciting time for you and 7X7XDaddy! I wish you all the best of luck as you enter into the “TTC” phase.
    I’m glad that Abby is adapting well to formula. A friend of mine got pregnant shortly after she weaned her daughter off breast milk, and was able to nurse her daughter again after she got pregnant and continued to do so until her daughter was just about 2. (I think she pumped though and used bottles)

    • 7x7xMommy says:

      Thanks, Megan – we’re very excited at the thought of our little family continuing to grow. And I feel like that would be great if I could continue feeding Abigail AND get pregnant at the same time…I suppose time will tell, right? 🙂

  2. Sarah P says:

    Great choice of formula, we have used that for all the kiddos. I’m not sure what it costs at Whole Foods, but I order it off amazon for a pretty good deal. I also felt a little sad when I started weaning but the freedom was always awesome, too.

    • 7x7xMommy says:

      Sarah – your recommendation on Facebook was a huge part of what swayed me toward Earth’s Best…so far, so good. And that’s great – now that we know Abby likes it, I feel like Amazon will be a great place to buy it. Thanks again!

  3. Verna says:

    Great post!! I cut back on breastfeeding when my son was about the same age, also in hopes of getting pregnant again. I felt SOOOOO guilty! I felt like we were putting future children ahead of the child we already have! It was very hard for me. I pumped a lot from the beginning because we’d always wanted our kids close together and I wanted to be prepared. I stopped pumping when he was 6 months and he got one bottle a day, at around 9 months we went to two bottles a day. I dried up completely when he was 10 months. My cycle came back at 8 months and I didn’t get pregnant until after his 1st birthday. So my son will be 21 months when the baby is born. I’m glad they won’t be farther apart. We plan on more children after this baby is born, I’m already mentally preparing to cut back on breastfeeding early again. It’s hard but I know it’s the right thing for our family.

    • 7x7xMommy says:

      Hi Verna!
      That’s so great to know (that I’m not the only one who felt this way…that it can take a while…etc) – thanks for the comment. And I think the mental preparation is a great point – I don’t think I was doing that far enough in advance. 🙂 At this point (a few weeks into weaning), I’m feeling much more comfortable with the whole thing!

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