When I just found out I was pregnant for the second time, I decided, despite dire warnings, to go ahead and continue nursing Shira, because abrupt weaning just seemed very untimely and harsh. And indeed, she continued to nurse quite a lot for the following couple of months.
After the first trimester, however, my milk production dropped very quickly, until I had no more left, and my daughter started spending less and less time on the breast, until a short while ago, I realized that she just isn't interested anymore.
I'm very thankful for the wonderful 15 months of nursing we had together. That time was so sweet and precious, I wouldn't trade it for anything. All the countless hours of having my little child in my arms, so completely peaceful and relaxed, any time of night and day. It's a tiny bit sad to say goodbye to nursing her, but I'm at peace - she weaned on her own, at her appropriate time, gradually and with no outside pressure. And she's an exceptionally healthy child, very open-minded when it comes to food and ready to try just about anything. We never gave any formula or commercial-brand cereals.
I am so looking forward to nursing, God willing, this new baby who is due to be born to us around the end of August. I hope it goes as wonderfully as it did the first time around. Nursing is truly such an awesome privilege, a loving gift from the Almighty to mothers and babies.
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