Lewis and I have settled into our new feeding schedule, and I am pleasantly surprised at how well it is going.
We cut about 2-3 feedings per day (depending on if he wakes up at night) and he hasn’t complained at all about the reduction! And it has been a breeze physically for me too!
I am feeling very lucky that both of us happened to be ready for this change at the same time. I have heard horror stories about weaning when mom and baby aren’t in sync about the timing, and I am so relieved to have avoided those kinds of issues so far.
This new routine is working really well for us for now, so I think we’ll stick with it for a while. I’m not sure when we’ll be ready for the next step in reducing breastfeeding/pumping, but I have a feeling the right time will reveal itself, and I’m not in a rush. I think when I see Lewis drinking larger quantities of cow’s milk more consistently, that will be a good sign that we can cut more nursing sessions.
I’m figuring this all out as we go, but I’m feeling less anxious about it now that the first step has gone so smoothly. Subsequent steps feel less scary now that I’ve got a little bit of this process behind me.