The Big Bang Theory actress Mayim Bialik, who also holds a PhD in neuroscience, announces that her 4-year-old son Fred has officially weaned from extended breastfeeding. The Blossom alum blogs about the experience on kveller.
“Well, nay-sayers, prepare to be proven wrong,” Mayim writes. “All of you snarky mamas who glared at me nursing my 3 1/2-year-old on the NYC subway, prepare to be amazed. And to all of my family and friends who wanted to chastise me about nursing a walking, talking, thinking, laughing little man named Fred, thanks for holding your tongues.”
She continues to talk about the weaning process.
“Because we did it,” she adds. “Fred isn’t going to nurse on his way down the wedding aisle or at his high school graduation. I didn’t need to break him of a “habit” and teach him “who’s in charge.” I didn’t need to set boundaries you thought I should have set when I didn’t want to set them.”
She adds: “Because we did it: Fred weaned.”
“Fred weaned this past Thanksgiving, exactly a year from his night-weaning Thanksgiving of 2011, which I initiated reluctantly–and as gently as I could, and days before I released the public statement that I was getting divorced,” she says.
“From the time that Fred night-weaned a year ago, he was nursing about once a day, but not always once a day,” Mayim continues. “Sometimes he’d go a few days without nursing. After night-weaning, he could nurse anywhere but in the bed, since it invariably made him think of nursing all night, which he did like a real champ for his entire happy milky life until he was 3. And I didn’t want to go back to that!”
“So just to sum up: I nursed Fred four to six times a night for three years,” she writes. “I pumped at work for Fred from the time I got the job on The Big Bang Theory when he was 18 months old until he was 3. I used La Leche League’s books How Weaning Happens and Mothering Your Nursing Toddler to gently test his growth and maturity and set reasonable boundaries for him. I didn’t nurse him literally anywhere, anytime, but I made sure to meet his needs and have mine satisfied as well.”
Continue reading Mayim’s blog at kveller…