10 Signs You're Ready to Stop Breastfeeding

3 years ago
I recently sailed past the 19 month mark of breastfeeding Declan, and did so with a sigh. I'm grateful for being able to nurse for so long, but the truth is that I'm ready to be done any time now. I started out with a six month goal, which turned to one year once I exceeded my initial length. At the one year mark, I assumed (especially being pregnant twice) that Declan would just self-wean... and soon. Not the case. Pregnancy hormones didn't put him off... at all. And while it was painful, it was nothing compared to the pain of clogged ducts, so I nursed through it. Now? I long for the day that I can reclaim my breasts.

Completely tongue-in-cheek, here are some signs that you may be ready to stop breastfeeding:

  • Like an automaton, you proffer your breast when you hear the words milk, milkies, boob, boobie, etc. [or any utterance that sounds remotely similar].

  • You gaze longingly at your regular bras, tucked into the far reaches of your lingerie drawer, and haven't the slightest recollection of the last time you wore one.

  • Why buy the milk when you get mama's milk for free is no longer a humorous saying. In fact, you're thinking about charging at this point.

  • You're ready to disassociate yourself from the Got Milk? campaign.

  • You're seriously questioning having another baby any time in the near future [because the thought of another nursling makes you cringe].
  • You no longer think the I'm a Boob Man onesie is cute. At all.

  • You're ready to wear something other than tank tops and cardigans [because, you know, you stopped wearing nursing clothing LONG ago].

  • Nursing in public? Pfft! No biggie [almost everyone's glimpsed my breasts at this point].

  • Your little one can now ask to nurse... using a complete sentence.

  • Even your grungiest regular bra looks appealing.

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