As I am writing this at 10 and half months, my plan is to gradually finish my morning feed by the winter time. I want to keep the night feed, as want her to have the antibodies during the winter season. In addition to this, as she is starting at the child-minder so I don’t want her to have too much change at once. As I have said before, I am talking about these things for myself as much as Sadie.
Our role as parents is to provide Sadie with reassurance. Sadie won’t of course always need her mammas milk but no one gets too old for comfort and reassurance in their life.
Feeding is not only a time for thirst and goodness, but a time to engage, play, explore, laugh and relax. I have Sadie’s full attention when she is feeding at night. I love finding out what I can do to make her laugh, even by saying one silly voice, noise or word. As her smile breaks the latch, it is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen.
My friends always tell me I have a lot of patience, this is one of my characteristics. This trait has helped me through my journey of motherhood so far. My patience has of course been tested many times, but the following things together with patience have helped to keep my body and mind sane during times of little sleep.
- Fresh air
- Lanolin nipple cream- at the beginning
- Snack box
- Eating well
- Support from friends, family and professionals