One Mom’s Breastfeeding Journey Comes to an End

young house loveDeciding whether or not to breastfeed is a personal decision moms have been making for decades. But in recent years, the topic of breastfeeding has become a battleground. Proponents for both sides often attack one another so harshly that they forget that they’re all moms just trying to do what’s best for their babies.

Which is why we love Sherry Petersik’s blog post “14 Months Of Breastfeeding.” When Petersik’s daughter, Clara, stopped breastfeeding, the transition was much easier for baby than it was for mom. Petersik’s breastfeeding post is not about persuading other moms to breastfeed: “Whatever works for you & your ducklings = my mantra as a parent in general,” wrote Petersik. Her post is about the joy she got from sharing an intimate experience with her daughter and the sadness she feels now that young Clara’s needs have already changed. It’s a story that all moms can relate to, no matter what their opinion of breastfeeding.

Read all of Petersik’s post at young house love, where she and her husband, John, write about their DIY home-improvement efforts. They – and their beautiful nursery – were featured in the August 2011 issue of American Baby magazine.

Did you decide to breastfeed? If so, tell us how long you were able to and how you felt when it came to an end.

Read more about breastfeeding at Parents.com:

Photo courtesy of young house love.

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  1. by Jen

    On July 20, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    I nursed for 10 months and would have gone longer (my goal was 1 year) but my daughter went on a long strike and refused to nurse so we ended earlier than I would have liked. For me it was bittersweet because I was sad that I wasn’t going to have that time with her. But at the same time it was nice to have my body back completely.

  2. by Amanda Perkins

    On July 20, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    I nursed my son for 15.5 wonderful months and then we weaned because I wanted to try for another baby. Nursing was a wonderful experience. I pumped four times a day to make it possible for him to have breast milk while I was at work too. If we’re ever blessed with another baby I’d be happy to nurse again! It was so worth the effort even if it wasn’t always easy!

  3. by Seima

    On July 23, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    I am currently breastfeeding my 6 months old baby. My biggest concern right now is my nursing days with her will come to an end much earlier than I thought,because my body isn’t making as much milk lately. I wish to nurse her for at least one year and a half but this milk factory of mine really worries me. Still let her drink even though I know the milk is decreasing.. Sigh..

  4. by Colleen

    On November 2, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    I nursed my three oldest for 12 months each. I am now pumping and giving my 7 week old baby breast milk through a tube or bottle. My older three were easy to nurse & so enjoyable. The 7 week old has issues with sucking, but I can’t I’imagine her getting anything other than breast milk so I try to put her to the breast then give her the pumped milk. It’s so sad to me that I can’t feed her the way I fed my others….