Monday, 24 September 2012

His Mouth Belongs To Me

Carrying on from my when is the right time to wean blog post, I've been thinking about those that put pressure on us as parents to start feeding our children before either they or us are ready. It actually makes me quite angry the more I think about it.

My child's mouth belongs to me, I'm part of one half which made it and then carried it as it formed into the little mouth it is today. I'm the one who suffered that first week trying to feed him that colostrum whilst battling against his tongue tie which I didn't know about at the time. I'm the one that suffered with bleeding and cracked nipples as we tried to establish breastfeeding for the first time. I'm the one who carried on squeezing colostrum into a syringe whilst waiting for my milk to kick in. I'm the one who adjusted her wardrobe to make it more nursing friendly. I'm the one who has practically given up her social life to feed exclusively and on demand. I'm the one who wakes to feed and feeds him off to sleep. I'm the one emotionally attached because of this bond we had through breastfeeding.

So considering all that it really should be my decision and solely mine. I shouldn't have to be battling against what other people want or there own personal opinions and experiences about weaning babies.I really do consider his first experiences of food to be such a special time for us and want it to be when we're all ready. I'm wanting to go down the baby led weaning road along with some puree. So basically a mixture of whatever suits us and him, though I do the thought of him eating the same things as us at the table so this is why baby led weaning appeals to us. At the end of the day, he's our son and his feeding is no one's business but ours.