We have begun the weaning process. I am logging our progress here. I have read a few posts from other bloggers that gave me the courage to bite the bullet and not come up with yet another excuse to not start today. HA!
I just revisited my milk tracking spreadsheet to see how much of a supply we have built up. This spreadsheet was my main motivator when I was pumping – it kept me on track and focused on the end goal. If I felt like skipping a pumping, I would open up this spreadsheet and remind myself that keeping the “average per day yield” up was paramount to our success. I had an end goal in mind, and I’m proud to say that we have exceeded that by a long shot!
As of this moment, I have 1034.5 ounces of breast milk in my freezer. Counting the pumped milk he’s already consumed, I pumped a total of 1,301 .75 ounces. That just sounds insane!
When I started out on our breastfeeding journey, my goal was to get to 3 months before re-evaluating. We got to three months quite easily (after that difficult initial 6-8 weeks) and then I said that the goal was 6 months. Then, 9 months. Then, 1 year. As my goals got extended, so did our freezer stash. This was a win-win situation!
Matthew will have breast milk until September 10th or a bit later. I figure I’ll have to start introducing whole milk at the beginning of September so that he has a smooth transition to that, so I bet that pushes us out until September 12th or 13th. This makes me happy because that means he will have had breast milk exclusively for the first 14.5 months of his life.
Not bad. Not bad at all. Breast feeding WIN!*
* (Prior to our IF struggles, I never planned to breastfeed. I was going to pump exclusively for three months and be done with it. Oh, how times change!)