Weaning

Jan 03, 2013
Evelyn refused to nurse for the first five hours of her life. I tried everything I could think of.  I squirted milk on her lips and under her nose.  I hovered my nipple directly in front of her.  When she rooted, →MORE...

When Charlotte was an infant, one of the women I most deeply respect in my family told me that in her opinion when a mother is still nursing a child who can walk and talk, she is doing it for herself.  →MORE...

We’re a mile into the canyon.  Trees hang thick and green over the trail.  Speckles of sunlight dance along the ground.  A bird to our left is releasing a piercing cry, single loud chirps over and over again. We’re standing in →MORE...

On the first day of her life, I laid her on my belly and let her search for milk.  She quieted and focused her efforts.  She sniffed, mewed, and propelled her body forward until she came to my nipple.  Exhausted by →MORE...

Nov 28, 2011
Over the past few weeks, Charlotte has started to wean herself.  I think.  I suppose it’s possible that she’s just temporarily too busy to bother with milk and she’ll come back as enthusiastic a nursling as ever, but something tells me →MORE...