The day after Noah's birthday party, I went ahead and dropped his lunch feeding and gave him a sippy cup of whole organic milk instead. This worked perfectly because I worked a half day every day last week, so I didn't have to pump at work. That was GLORIOUS! Then last weekend I dropped his dinner feeding and gave him another sippy cup of milk. He has not drank the entire cup yet, but he's getting better at it. I am really trying not to warm up his milk because I don't want him to get in the habit of having to do that all the time. Noah was SO picky about his bottle being just the right temperature, and I really want him to get used to cold milk.
Now we're just down to his nighttime and morning feedings. I'm going to drop his nighttime feeding probably this weekend, and I'm hoping that just a sippy cup of milk will suffice for bedtime. Thoughts anyone? Then, by the end of next week, I am hoping to be completely done. So far it hasn't been hard to make the transition because the middle of the day is so busy. I do think I'll have a harder time with the first feeding for two reasons. One, I am usually the 'fullest' in the morning, and two, Noah is the most focused, cuddly little person in the morning. While I know I'll be a little sad to drop it, I am REALLY excited to have more independence. To not be on the clock to get home to feed Noah will be amazing! I'm looking forward to a nice glass of wine, more flexibility to be away with friends, and a nice cold Mountain Dew or Cherry Pepsi. That's right, I haven't had caffienated soda for almost two full years! I feel really lucky to have made it breastfeeding this long. The benefits for Noah's health and development long term are awesome. Now it's time to accomplish bigger and better things!
Is this the cutest picture or what?