“When will my toddler sleep through the night?!” You might be totally exhausted from your little one keeping you up all night. Unfortunately, a big part of why your toddler is still waking up is from night feeding.
So what do you do? Night weaning before your toddler gives it up on his own is a big undertaking, and you may be intimidated by starting (I know I have been!).
If you’ve breastfed your baby to toddlerhood or beyond, congratulations! That’s a huge accomplishment. But eventually, you’re probably going to have questions about toddler weaning.
Will my child ever wean?
How will our relationship change if my toddler weans?
Trust me, I’m a huge breastfeeding advocate. I have breastfed for a solid six years of my life, and I’ve loved it (well, most of it).
But I think the problem is, we’re so focused on encouraging breastfeeding and supporting women in the beginning of their nursing journey that we somewhat abandon them at the end. There is much less support for weaning, a process that is often full of physical and emotional complexities.
You may not even be able to tell in this picture, but General Leia is nursing here. In fact, it’s a picture of the last time my oldest ever breastfed. We quit because of a phenomenon called nursing aversion.
This was a hard time for me (and for her). I became pregnant with her sister when she was about thirteen months old.
At first, I had no problem with continuing to breastfeed her while pregnant. In fact, breastfeeding was easier because it kept her still, and I didn’t have the energy to chase her! So we would come home from work, we’d cuddle up, and I’d nurse her for as long as I could in the evening. I’d get a break, and she was happy.
There are several posts on this site about mental health and anxiety for new moms because this is a subject that impacts so many of us.
But we haven’t discussed a part of mental health that is unfortunately more taboo in our society: Antidepressant use. Since I want to focus on one of the more common antidepressants, I’ll focus mostly on Zoloft and breastfeeding.
I’ll be honest, I’m a little nervous to be talking about my own journey with antidepressant use for all the internet to see. But I know that when I was grappling with starting to use one, I would have liked to find an article like this. Plus, the stigma won’t go away if we don’t start to open up. So I’ll start with me.