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The breast has been put to rest... finally after almost 22 months. I have been eager to call it quits for sometime now. Please don't get me wrong – I loved every intimate moment spent with Ayanna but the lack of sleep was catching up on me.
The weaning process began when Ayanna was introduced to solids at 6 months. She continued to be breast fed until now, waking up 3-4 times through the night. Ayanna was introduced to cow's milk as soon as she turned one and breastfeeding during the day gradually decreased in frequency. Night feedings, however, remained intact.
This past week has been one of the most challenging weeks for Ayanna and I. Ayanna has been completely weaned off the breast. Ammachi (grandma) has been around to help, especially through the nights whenever Ayanna wakes up demanding for “Mummy's milk”. The first night was especially tough with Ayanna crying and screaming. The subsequent days and nights have, surprisingly, been easier with fewer demands and protests from the little one. Ayanna has adjusted considerably well to the change.
Ayanna's cooperation was highly necessary in this two way partnership – so I've been preparing Ayanna for what lay ahead by constantly talking to her about how she is no longer a baby and will not be needing Mummy's milk.
Ayanna has not only lost a favourite source of nourishment, but also her favourite source of comfort. I've been compensating by giving extra hugs and attention. Therefore it is not surprising that she tends to spend time stroking me, hugging me and even occasionally reaching under my shirt for a familiar bare-skin snuggle.
Her memories of nursing will soon fade. It's the end of a very special era for the two of us but a highly significant developmental progression for her.