Initially I had great plans to breastfeed, and assumed it would be easy and come naturally. Cue weeks of unexpected problems with latching and supplementing, and I quickly realized my breastfeeding journey wasn't going to be as smooth as I planned.
Over the course of the next couple of years I heard a lot of opinions about breastfeeding; some of them helpful, some offensive, and some nothing short of ridiculous. I can't help but assume I'm the only one, so I asked a few moms to share the best thing they heard when they decided to quit breastfeeding.
Initially, when I started breastfeeding my son, there were numerous points and moments when I considered quitting. After all, breastfeeding was much harder than I originally assumed it would be. However, once we had settled into a more comfortable routine, I planned on breastfeeding for a minimum of six months. When we reached that milestone I planned to continue nursing for at least a year. In the end, however, my toddler self-weaned at 30 months. My husband had long been my biggest cheerleader when it came to breastfeeding, and when our son finally weaned he was full of praise and supportive comments.
Breastfeeding is a time intensive and selfless act that deserves some special recognition, whether you nurse for a day, a week, or for many years. I hope when the time comes to stop, you hear only positive comments, because that's truly the only comments you deserve. So, with that in mind and because reading something uplifting is never a bad thing (especially if you currently have a baby and/or toddler attached to your boob), here are some of the best things moms heard when they stopped breastfeeding: