Now, this is a bit of an odd topic to write about, mainly because I didn’t even know it was a thing until a couple of weeks ago. Bare with while I try and explain what it is before I relate it back to me.
So, nursing aversion is where you get this really strong feeling, like your body is telling you to stop feeding. It can happen at any age and at any time, whether you want to stop feeding or not.
How does it relate to me you ask? Well, the past week or so I’ve been getting this feeling. It’s okay if he only feeds for a couple of minutes, which is normally the case, but any longer and it starts to rear it’s head. It starts slowly and builds and builds until I just have to take him off. I know, I sound horrible for doing it. Let me tell you how it feels for those who don’t know.
Imagine you’re out for dinner. It starts off as a lovely evening, you’re all chatting away. You order and food comes. This is when you find out one of your friends eats reeeeeeaaallllyyyy loudly. At first you can ignore it, you think, it’s not so bad. However, the more they eat the louder it gets. It starts to really grate on you. It’s all you can think about, all you can hear, until you can’t take it anymore.
Now, we have had a really good breastfeeding journey, and he doesn’t want to stop yet, even though he takes less all the time. Yet this has thrown a bit of a spanner into the works. It’s like my primal nature has had enough. Not enough that I get it immediately when I nurse, but enough to stop him after 5 minutes. The working of the human body is fascinating.
Apparently, all animals that feed their young can get this. In other mammals, take dogs for instance, they wean their young completely at this stage. If a puppy wants to feed they walk away until the puppy gives up. Fascinating!
Anyway, my point to begin with before I rattled on was I never even knew this was a thing, and if anyone has any experience of it please let me know. I’d love to know what you did and how it made you feel. If he was ready to stop nursing I’d take it as a sign to stop, but he isn’t, so I guess I’ll have to continue fighting the urge as best I can for now. Us breastfeeding mums don’t have it easy!
Thats all for now. Speak again soon.