Before I even get started on my reasons to stop breastfeeding, I should say that I don’t actually want to stop. But my son’s 1 year mark is quickly approaching, so it’s been on my mind a lot.
Should I stop breast feeding? Or just keep going?
I know I don’t have to and I know there are a lot of reasons to continue (in fact, here is my list of 10 Reasons to Keep Breastfeeding), but 1 year was always my goal and that seems to be what many moms shoot for.
So this list is mainly to try and convince myself that the time might be right, that my son may be ready, and that there are in fact some great benefits to weaning. We’ll see if any of them can push me over the edge!
1. My son (and I) may actually sleep more if he stops waking to nurse.
This is a huge reason for me. Sleep has always been a big factor in my decisions and we’re all much happier when we’ve had a good night’s rest. Right now he does wake up and nurse…the question will be whether he’s actually waking to nurse or whether the nursing is what gets him back to sleep.
2. I can drink alcohol worry-free.
Obviously this alone is not a great reason to stop breast feeding. But it certainly is a silver lining. Right now I do have an occasional drink but I have to be very careful that it’s early enough in the night that it will be out of my system by the time he’s ready for bed. Even if my habits don’t change, it would just be nice to not worry that he’s being exposed to something harmful that I’ve unintentionally given him.
3. My husband could put him to bed.
I’m not even sure how often this would happen, but holy moly just the thought is exciting!
4. It has to happen sometime.
I don’t like this reason, but it’s true. It would be nice to just wait until he’s ready, but who knows when that will be.
5. It would make it easier to get pregnant.
I’m not sure if this is a benefit or drawback, but eventually it would be nice to have another baby. I know you can nurse through a pregnancy, but I also know it can be tough, so it may be nice to make the transition before that happens.
6. The benefits start depleting.
I know it will certainly never be bad for him, but I know as he gets older it will be less and less impactful.
7. I can start wearing non-nursing shirts.
Yay for turtleneck season! This would be a big, huge (though superficial) benefit for me. I’m definitely starting to miss some of the shirts that make it impossible to nurse.
8. Even the infrequent bite is too much.
Yep, this has to make the list.
9. I can feel normal again.
I hate to even admit this, but I do miss keeping my boobs in my shirt, even if it’s just for my little guy. When they’re tiny newborns, everything you do feels like life-or-death, so there’s no problem whipping them out whenever he beckons. But as he gets older it just feels more and more like a treat for him and less like I’m providing life support.
10. I’m ready to start instilling more discipline in him.
As a baby, it’s one thing to follow his lead and make sure his needs are met when he needs them. But as he transitions into toddlerdom I know I need to start adding more and more structure and discipline into his life. It’s already starting to happen, so this would just be one more piece of that puzzle.
So there you have it! Those are the reasons that are weighing on me. Let me know if you’ve got some other great reasons for weaning. And if you’re gung-ho about breastfeeding, you’ll probably be much happier reading my list of 10 Reasons to Keep Breastfeeding.
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