Breastfeeding: DONE! (with Carlton Banks)


This is what happened: a couple of months ago, I thought I’d froth in the mouth if I had ONE.MORE.NIGHT of the nursing scenario that Mac-Q went through: the kicking, pushing, pulling, biting, squirming misery.

On that night, I (somehow) got him to fall asleep without it and crept down to my own bed, completely ecstatic.carlton


So the next day, I kept pushing the nursing back a little, seeing how long I could get him to go without. To my surprise, it was bedtime and we still hadn’t nursed – and I thought I may as well push my luck and see if I could get him to go to sleep without nursing… and SHOCKER, he did!

I was a little nervous at this point, wondering when the other shoe would drop (- would it?), I had absolutely no idea.

But that was it. That was really, honestly it. I didn’t plan to end nursing just then, but he didn’t go nuts, there were no screaming fits, I didn’t have to use cabbage leaves or anything for engorgement – it was just over.

Completely, unexpectedly, suddenly and blessedly over.

download (2)I don’t understand it anymore than I’m sure Carlton does, but there you have it.

Three live children, all breastfed, and that includes one child with Down syndrome.

52 months of milk production.

That boils down to 4.3 YEARS, y’all, or 208 weeks, 1,456 days, 34,944 hours (is it fair to count hours? probably not, huh?)

I had moments that I recall (or just recall as I look at the photos), moments full of tenderness and love, that feeling connected in a way that only a mother and a child can. They are beautiful and tender and worthy of slow music and a tear-jerking video but at this point you guys, it’s about the Carlton dance for me:

Done, baby, DONE. D-O-N-E, I did it!

  • 4. 3 years
  • 208 weeks
  • 52 months
  •  1,456 days
  • and 34,944 hours, if you count hours




If you are still breastfeeding and need anything – think pumps (wince, I’m so sorry), bras, nursing shirts/tunics/dresses/scarves/whatever – or just post partum stuff (- belly/hip wraps, bags, pampering items..), head on over to Zulily because they have special sales going on now for World Breastfeeding Week. Link is HERE – World Breastfeeding Week at Zulily– and yes, I will make a some money if you buy something from them, so thank you for using my link!


Meriah Nichols is teacher and artist who lives in a yurt off the grid. She is deaf, has 3 kids (one with Down syndrome) and a lot of chickens. She writes about travel, disability, and getting dishes done. She likes her tea Earl Grey and hot.


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  • Congrats, mama! I know the feeling well. Weaned my four year old this January after being pretty sure we’d be nursing til she left for college. But it ended gently and without much fanfare – and I was so, so doing the dance too. Go us!

  • Yes! I think we are done too! Its been a full week, and I gave it to her last night since she had a couple of rough nights with her father while I was in London (a new experience for her) but she went on for a few short moments, and then I slipped that sippy cup during the first pause there and she was like, yeah, at least I get some milk with this thing! Its bittersweet!

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