Mo Mo had to say bye bye to her favorite ‘suck suck’ at 21 months. Suck Suck is what she calls mummy’s milk.
It was both relieved and sad moment for mummy when I had to stop breastfeeding. Relieved because, she will be able to sleep independently without habitual wake up to look for milk. Besides that, I will be able to travel for conferences to make a good CV if she can sleep without mummy. Sad because I had to deprive something she likes so much and also addicted to and entitled to. Sad also because, I enjoyed breadfeeding as it is very bonding & cuddling. I can’t really describe the real feeling of breastfeeding. Sometimes, it caused a little hassle when I had to rush back to home to BF or wake up at nights but I never felt it as a chore. It is the BEST DIM (Done it Myself) gift I could ever give to her, not the beautiful dresses.
I could breadfeed Ben just for 6 months as I was working at that time and did not know how to prolong the production and the output decreased itself. But now since I’m doing further study, I have more time for Mo Mo and even planned to BF till 2 years. But somehow, the output is getting less and I find that it is better to stop her addiction, the ealier the easier.
Well.. it’s been 2 weeks she has sort of forgotten about it. On the first night, in fact, we tried to let her sleep with daddy but failed coz she cried too much for mummy. So we changed to Plan B, i.e, slept with mummy, no BF. To my amaze, she was fine, she fell asleep on my chest, instead of sucking. She woke up 2 times and cried a little but not long, I tried to offer her milk bottle but she refused. It was not what she needed. It was just habitual wake-up. The next days, she fell asleep on my chest and then gotta put her down slowly. She woke up 1 or 2 times just to make some noise and continued to sleep. Now the second addiction is sleeping on mummy, not on the bed. I guess she needs body touch to fall asleep as baby sitter carry her to sleep in day time. So, I tried to make her sleep on the bed by praising her “wow, Mo Mo can sleep on the bed”. So, she tried to please me.. she just fell asleep on the bed for the first time after 2 weeks!
Power of Praise works extremely well for her but not always for Ben.