The Breastfeeding Chronicles: Thanks for the Mammaries. 

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Kate Everall

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  1. Plutonium Sox says:

    Aw bless him, well done for keeping up with it for so long, an amazing achievement for you both. I don’t look forward to it coming to an end with my youngest although I know it soon will, she’s 2 1/2 now and only feeds once a day at bedtime. It’s a great bonding experience isn’t it?

    1. Kate Everall says:

      It’s been an amazing bonding experience. I’d do it again in an instant. To think I’ve been the one to solely provide for 6 months and then assist for the rest has been an amazing feeling. I was in no rush to finish, it just seemed T was.

      2 1/2 is amazing. Well done mama. X

  2. You did amazingly to breastfeed for 20 months. I got to 15 and I had just had enough. That sounds selfish but it was the only way they’d go to sleep and I wanted some time to myself and the ability to be somewhere else at nap or bed times. I think for you to get to a point where you were both ready is an amazing thing and I am glad that he doesn’t ask for it or miss it x

    1. Kate Everall says:

      Thank you! I know I’ve been incredibly lucky. I know it doesn’t always go this way.

      15 months is still an amazing length of time – you’ve had teething and toddlerhood to deal with! I’ve had plenty of occasions where I was tempted to just stop (especially when he was eating plenty of food) but for some reason it kept pulling me back in. I totally get the need for alone time – that’s one thing I’m looking forward to.

      Thank you for sharing. X

  3. Awwwww … what a journey for both of you, hey. I especially get the sadness of not having the booby tool to comfort when ill and in pain anymore. As they say (I think), ‘all good things must come to an end’ – breastfeeding is definitely a fabulous thing that does come to an end, isn’t it. I’m so pleased it happened gently for both of you. I’m not sure how ready I’ll feel when my little one has had enough. So far, he’s showing no signs of stopping though I don’t offer as much as before.

    Well, on to another phase, another turn in your walk of love and life … all the very best with it, lovely woman.

  4. Tiarabarbie says:

    Stumbled across this after reading your latest blog post. Although my son is only approaching five months, i am already feeling sad in anticipation that one day in the not too distant future, the breastfeeding will end. Started off a nightmare (undiagnosed tongue tie) but has turned into something so special. I know it isn’t for everyone, but I too have really enjoyed providing the sustenance and comfort of to my boy. I hope to make it to a year, but only time will tell, I guess!

    1. Kate Everall says:

      TT can be a right breastfeeding killer – especially as they don’t thoroughly check for it (if at all!). Well done for getting this far, the first few days are the toughest and at 5 months I know you’ve already gone through a couple of leaps already. Keep up the awesome work, mama!

  5. Sounds like we’ve had a really similar experience! My son just decided to stop feeding at about 22 months. He’d been feeding less and less recently so it wasn’t unexpected but I’m not sure I was quite ready either. I have really mixed emotions about it – I’m sad that he no longer needs for but glad that I have more freedom and my husband can help with bedtimes more. I also experienced a huge flux in hormones, similar to the few days after birth, which I hadn’t expected.

    1. Kate Everall says:

      I know exactly what you mean! I felt like that too, but having it done this way is like they’re saying “thanks, I’m done now mummy”. Completely gentle and lead by them. It just went so quickly didn’t it?
      Trust me though, they’ll still need you for lots of other things and you can get back to wearing proper bras and tops! Haha. Well done mama!

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