Landon is breastfeeding again! You can read here why I had to stop: Forced to Take a Break From Breastfeeding. My nipples finally healed after about two weeks, and Landon is still interested. I am so happy.
He was doing so well without nursing – actually sleeping through the night without asking for “ba ba” – that I was getting worried he might not want or need to nurse anymore. But when I offered him the breast this morning, he wanted it.
I anticipated it might hurt, because the wounds were pretty deep and I was worried Landon might rip them open again, but nothing. And he was so happy! He kept getting off the breast after one gulp, smiling, and saying “Mmm, ba ba.” He could not believe his luck to finally get his milk again. It was so cute how exited he was.
This would have been the time to wean Landon, as Don pointed out. And I guess he is right, Landon was doing fine without breastfeeding, but I was nervous that he would get sick while I was sick because he wasn’t getting the added health benefits from the breast milk.
I obviously had to make sure L drank more water while not having any breast milk. It’s so much more convenient not to have to worry about any of this when he breastfeeds! I actually did surprisingly well as well – I didn’t miss breastfeeding Landon as much as I thought I would (well, it has been almost 2 1/2 years…).
But since he is still interested, I will continue to nurse him, but not at night any more. That is one good thing that came out of me being sick — Landon finally sleeps through the night. I don’t want to undo that, and I hope this is the first step of him sleeping in his own bed and room eventually. I love nothing more than to sleep next to my little boy, and I believe in co-sleeping whole-heartedly, but it’s an intimacy killer, it just is.
I will miss sleeping next to him every night, but I figure there will still be plenty of times when he will crawl back into our bed. Who knows, Landon seems to potty train himself, so maybe he will learn to sleep in his own bed soon without it being much of a fight? He has a beautiful crib we made into a day bed — Oma (Nani) and Opa, who bought it for him, would be very happy to hear that he actually sleeps in it!
Update: I wrote this entry months ago and we are back to nursing at night as well — actually, I nurse L to sleep and then he usually nurses before he gets up the next morning. We are still sleeping in the same bed, so much for moving him to his own bed. When he’s ready, he’s ready. Plus, it’s not like we are trying for the next child…