What Weaning Is Really Like ... For Moms

woman in painWeaning from breastfeeding. Let's talk about it, Moms. It isn't a walk in the park. It hurts. It's weird. And there are strange things involved -- like cabbage leaves. Anyone who tells you it's easy is lying. Or they have magical boobs.

Wondering what weaning is really like? Here's a visual play-by-play of what moms go through when weaning their babies from nursing.

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One day you decide, "You know what? It's time to wean this little one from nursing. Having my boobs all to myself sounds so luxurious!"

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You research "how to wean" and you're like, "Oh. This is going to be a piece of cake!"

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You decide to put your plan into action the next day, but then your little one starts teething. Not a good time.

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Weeks (or months!) later, you decide to give it the ol' college try again. You play it cool with your breasts. Don't show 'em off to your kiddo.

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You try to offering a bottle, but your baby is like:

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Eventually, slowly but surely, your nursing sessions decrease. But there's a bit of a problem: Your boobs have become your arch enemy:

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You begin walking around with cabbage leaves stuffed into your bra, as if you were a living, breathing side-dish.

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Your whole body feels weird. And finding a comfortable position to sleep in? LOL!

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YOU'RE IN PAIN!!!

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Finally, your milk gets the message and says adios.

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You feel a little sad and hormonal.

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But you've got your body back and you provided your baby with the best nourishment possible. Yay you! Now, for a drink -- or five, because you're done nursing!

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What was your weaning experience like?

 

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