15 Months of Breastfeeding

Paxton at 15 months, Mama at 16 weeks pregnant

Since it’s World Breastfeeding Week, I’m sharing our breastfeeding story!

When Paxton was born, I hoped and prayed that we would have a successful nursing relationship. Once we got the hang of it, I set a goal of exclusively breastfeeding him until 6 months! Once that goal was reached, I decided that the next goal was to breastfeed him to 1 year. On April 16 we reached that goal.

From there I knew we were going to continue nursing until he was ready to wean. Little did I know at that point that there was another little one on the way! When I found out I was pregnant, he was still nursing morning, early afternoon and before bedtime. I decided to wean him from his early afternoon nursing which wasn’t difficult.

The midwives I saw in our practice were all supportive of me continuing to nurse Paxton during the early stages of pregnancy even though I wasn’t gaining any weight. I was so thankful for their support and reassurance that our baby was fine!

When he turned 14 months old, we began substituting his morning feeding with a bottle. This was a little difficult because every morning for the past year I’d go get him, bring him back our bed, lie down and nurse him and we’d both usually drift back off! Weaning him from morning nursing meant I have an additional step of getting a bottle and taking a bottle isn’t nearly as comforting as nursing so he rarely will go back to sleep anymore!

Around this same time, due to pregnancy, I began experiencing nipple tenderness and breastfeeding was something I didn’t look to as a sweet time but instead as a slightly painful experience. Typically once he latched on good and had nursed for 2 minutes it got better but those first 2-3 minutes were uncomfortable. We skipped one or two nights of nursing, substituting with snuggles and a bottle and he seemed fine. Finally, on Saturday, July 16, after 15 straight months of nursing I nursed him for the very last time.

It was a bittersweet moment knowing that it was the last time he would nurse. I honestly wasn’t as sad as I thought I would be. I think that’s due to the discomfort I’d been experiencing recently and the fact that I have another baby on the way and was looking forward to a bit of a break!

I’m amazed that my body provided nourishment to him for 15 months. I look back and am so thankful for all of the times we had cuddling and the bonding experience breastfeeding truly is! Honestly, I miss breastfeeding now because for the past 2-3 months that was the only time that he’d stay still and cuddle with me! {I’m now learning to be content with quick hugs and frequent kisses instead of holding him in my arms.} I also miss him falling asleep in my arms and just holding him and cherishing those sweet moments of a sweet sleeping babe.

I am thankful that weaning was easy for both of us. For me, my supply was diminishing and I never experienced any engorgement! And Paxton hasn’t had any issues, he’ll occasionally grab my chest and sign ‘milk’ but he’s happy and satisfied with a bottle of milk, either mine or cows milk!

I wouldn’t change a single thing about the past 15 months. Right now I’m enjoying my 5 month breastfeeding break and looking forward to beginning another nursing relationship with our new little one!

Previous Breastfeeding Posts:

My Breastfeeding Experience (So Far)

Exclusively Breastfed for 6 Months

A Year of Breastfeeding

This is just my breastfeeding story. I wanted to write it out so I will remember as well as to encourage mamas that extended nursing can be done. I am not sharing this to judge any mama who doesn’t chose  to or can’t breastfeed beyond a few weeks or months. We all make decisions that we believe are the best for our children. I know both formula and breastfed babies and toddlers that are happy and healthy!

15 Replies to “15 Months of Breastfeeding”

  1. Congrats on 15 months of breastfeeding! I'm currently nursing while pregnant as well, so it was great to read your story. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I remember the last time I nursed my daughter. She cried because I wasn't giving her as much milk as the bottle (or as fast) and I knew we were done. I cried and cried because I wanted to nurse her for at least another 4 – 6 months. She was 13 months when she weaned herself from me. I am glad you had such a wonderful breastfeeding experience with Paxon and I pray you will have the same good experience with your next blessing!

    1. 13 months is awesome! I know it's emotional…I think I'd be so much more emotional about the whole process if I wasn't pregnant.

  3. Congratulations on breastfeeding so long! We tried so hard but only made it to 4 months and half of that I was exclusively pumping! This time around I will not be in school in addition to working so I am so hopeful that we make it longer! If not, we'll go as long as we can again 🙂 Breastfeeding is a lot of work so how awesome that you were able to continue a bit into your pregnancy. That must have been so tiring but rewarding at the same time!

    1. Thank you! 4 months is awesome too!! It sounds like you will be much less stressed this go round so hopefully it will be easier for you both!! 🙂

  4. Thanks so much for sharing. I love reading other peoples story. My baby is almost 11 months and still breastfeeding. I barely nursed my first 2 sons. Loving the change this time. My first goal was 3 months. Then 6 months and now I think we are slowly weaning. I am sure going to miss all the cuddling and the early morning feeding, drifting back to sleep.

    Enjoy your break!

    1. That's awesome…it is such a special time! And I miss the cuddles the most…it's rare these days that he'll let me just hold him and cuddle but I just am happy for those little moments that he does allow me to cuddle with him!!

  5. I wish I was able to have breastfed that long. I was only able to do it about 4.5 months exclusively (my milk supply diminished that quickly) but it was a sweet time for us both. And I still enjoy the time I get to hold her and rock her. I'm hoping I'll be able to nurse my next baby girl for a few months too!
    Thanks for sharing your story!

  6. That is wonderful! I nursed my son for 13 months when he self weaned and then nursed my youngest for almost 2 years when I helped her wean a little. 🙂

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