Breastfeeding: Hormones and Weaning

When my 21-month old began the weaning process, I learned as much as I could about breast health and other related issues so I would know what to expect. I found a lot of information about the potential for depression and guilt associated with the loss of nursing as a bonding ritual. I am not one prone to depression and this has been a very gradual (and child-led) process for us.  And, as I thought, I’m experiencing nothing of this sort. What is completely surprising is my body’s hormone crash as my milk-producing system goes back to its natural state.

My initially confusing, very upsetting, but apparently common side effects include:

  • Uncontrolled weeping (think PMS-AMPLIFIED–and for weeks rather than days)
  • Heavy sense of despair
  • Lethargy
  • Inability to cope
  • Intense feelings of anger and frustration (this is VERY rare for me and was my wake up call that something was going on)
  • Canker sores
  • Numbness and tingling in the arms and shoulders
  • Swollen lymph nodes in the back of my neck and head
  • Headache
  • Ocular migraine
  • Insomnia
  • Sweating and hot flashes alternating with chills, like a fever, usually at night, and probably responsible for much of the insomnia
  • A low fever of about 99.8 degrees on and off, probably responsible for that heating and cooling fun I’ve had
  • A rash, possibly heat rash related to the above few points
  • Hip pain like in the last few weeks of pregnancy

Why is this not common knowledge?  A little warning would have been helpful. I suspect that this is a time in motherhood that we’re not as carefully monitored as during our pregnancy and initial postpartum period. Is it that after the baby is born, latches well, and our body parts directly involved with delivery heal, everyone assumes you go back to normal? I have chronic hip pain and diastasis recti (abdominal separation) both related to my pregnancy. I know I’m not alone in this either but there isn’t a lot of information out there. However, I’ll save those for another post.

As for the weaning process, even the LeLeche League offers little or no detailed information about women’s hormonal changes. After much searching online, I found most information limited to discussion boards where women shared their experiences. There is no readily available “expert” advice.  Here are some important things I learned, gathered from the voices of other women who have weathered this change:

  • It can take 2-4 weeks or more for the body to completely regulate itself. If it goes on longer, your doctor will likely prescribe anti-depressant medication. I’m personally not thrilled with this solution but would do what it takes to feel normal again if it goes on long enough.
  • The hormones involved are the same ones responsible for postpartum depression, prolactin and oxytocin, and, according to women unfortunate enough to experience both postpartum and weaning depression, the symptoms, feelings, and intensity are very similar.
  • The symptoms can also be the same as those in early pregnancy and many women think, initially, that they’re pregnant.
  • Other then the side effects I’m experiencing above, other women report nausea, vomiting, fatigue, acne, anxiety, and back pain.

For the next few weeks, it seems I’ll continue to weep at the slightest provocation and depend on the love and patience of my family.  It seems to me there is a definite gap in women’s healthcare that overlooks the importance of the postpartum body’s continued healing, sometimes years after delivery.

What has your experience with weaning been? Where have you found information you’ve needed?

  • http://www.thewatson6.blogspot.com jessica

    This is such an interesting post because I thought I was going nuts when I was weaning my youngest. I was a mess but couldn’t find a thing about the effects weaning can have on a mom. I had less physical symptoms than you buy I was an emotional disaster. Hope this passes quickly for you.

    • blissinmama

      I know you’re likely well past this experience but your incredible comment and those of so many other women inspired me to start a new project. Visit http://postpartumproject.blogs… where I hope to create a community of voices to help. Visit if you like and please post a comment there if you’d like to participate and I’ll send information about how to do so.

  • OneStrongMama

    Modern Alternative Mama did a post today about recovering from pregnancy with some tips to help hormonal rebalancing.  Perhaps they could apply to weaning, too…

    http://www.modernalternativemama.com/blog/2011/11/18/the-truth-about-recovering-from-pregnancy.html

    • blissinmama

      Excellent resource, thanks! The comments to this post from so many other women inspired me to start a new project. Visit http://postpartumproject.blogs… where I hope to create a community of voices to help. Visit if you like and please post a comment there if you’d like to participate and I’ll send information about how to do so.

  • blissinmama

    I can report that my symptoms lasted about 2 weeks and I seem to be back in balance after my period, which I did read can reset the hormones. I look forward to reading the post from Modern Alternative Mama–that is a great suggestion for anyone struggling with this. There is not a lot out there. 

    • Bing

      Wow! So many of us in the same boat!!!
      My tips are :
      Breath through the mood dip, through your nose, shallow- imagining this is all going away

      Take evening primrose oil- for hormonal balancing.

      Keep together with you loved ones for support and keep stree to a minimum.

      Good luck to us all :-)

      • blissinmama

        All these incredible comments inspired me to create my own blog. Visit me at http://postpartumproject.blogspot.com where I hope to create a community of voices to help women just like us.

  • upallnight

    Hi!  Came across post while sitting up alone at 3 am on night #2 of consciously weaning my 23 month old.  AF returned 2 months ago, but made no noticible  hormonal difference.  Now, dropping 1 of only 3 nursings a day, I have insomnia due to anxiety and depressive thoughts.  Ugh, just terrible, especially during the holidays!  I had anxiety and depression years ago which turned out to be caused by nutritional deficiencies.  I got myself under control within 3 weeks :)  Now, I’m assuming the hormonal shift is too great for my apparently delicate emotional balance to handle and I’m freaking out!  So true, no good info available, but I’m glad for posts like yours that at least make me feel normal right now.  I already put in a message for the lactation consultant at my birth center, and plan to go see my nutritionist again.  Thank you, and cross your fingers that I sleep sometime tonight!

    • blissinmama

      I know you are hopefully well past this experience but your incredible comment and those of so many other women inspired me to start a new project. Visit http://postpartumproject.blogs… where I hope to create a community of voices to help. Visit if you like and please post a comment there if you’d like to participate and I’ll send information about how to do so.

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  • LALISI

    Wow! thank you for your blog on this subject i also thought i was going crazy… this made me feel better, im on an emotional rollercoaster at the moment, hopefully will pass soon. i also wasnt planning on weaning my daughter yet, only started night time weaing about 10 days ago and start to feel the symptoms – non stop weeping, and snapping on my husband about 3 days ago,.. im not sure what to do i wouldve liked to continue nursing throughout the day, i love it and i know its so wonderful for her, but now im starting to wonder if this is a sign to end our breastfeeding journey now? she is 17 1/2 months old and i am proud to have gone this long, even though i wouldve liked to go longer… well see what happens, thank you soooo much for this, it helped me so much to understand what is going on with me! <3

    • blissinmama

      Your incredible comment and those of so many other women inspired me to create my own blog. Visit http://postpartumproject.blogspot.com where I hope to create a community of voices to help. Post a comment there if you’d like to participate and I’ll send information about how to do so.

  • Omg123

    Thank God I found this I thought I had “slowly” weaned my youngest son but I have non stop head aches,mood swings, some and some anxiety I have yet to start my period & it’s been two weeks with my first it took one week to start. You rarely find truthful articles about weaning I can’t wait to feel normal & thank you for the post!

    • http://www.itbuildscharacter.com ChiMomWriter

      Thank you so much for coming by to read – I am glad it was helpful for you! We hope you are feeling yourself soon!

    • blissinmama

      Your incredible comment and those of so many other women inspired me to start a new project. Visit http://postpartumproject.blogs… where I hope to create a community of voices to help. Post a comment there if you’d like to participate and I’ll send information about how to do so.

  • IIImom

    You are so right- how could this information not be more readily available? I have been experiencing the nausea, fatigue, eye and back pain, hot flashes/sweating and chills and poor sleep for almost a week. I would think even the pediatrician could have given me a heads up two weeks ago when we discussed weaning. I am still going to see my internist just to be sure there’s not more going on, however it seems like its the hormones.

    Thanks for collecting all the information!

    • blissinmama

      Your incredible comment and those of so many other women inspired me to start a new project. Visit http://postpartumproject.blogs… where I hope to create a community of voices to help other women just like us. Post a comment there if you’d like to participate and I’ll send information about how to do so.

  • Melissa

    This post is exactly what I need to read! I’ve been slowly weaning my baby and going through many of these things but have had little luck finding any information about hormonal changes. I’ve been having heart palpitations the past few weeks and after an EKG and blood tests (both being normal), my doc concluded that it’s just my hormones. So frustrating! I seriously cried when I read this post! (See how crazy I am right now.) It’s just the confirmation that I needed – I’m not going completely nuts! I’ve never wanted to start my period so badly. Haha. Thanks so much!

    • blissinmama

      Thanks so much for sharing your experience. Your incredible comment and those of so many other women inspired me to start a new project. Visit http://postpartumproject.blogs… where I hope to create a community of voices to help. Post a comment there if you’d like to participate and I’ll send information about how to do so.

  • SG

    Seriously! This post has empowered me. I have searched and searched on the internet (mainly while I’m freaking out) to try to find answers. I agree that there is little out there. Every time I drop a feed (yes even 1) I go through this. We are down to 3 a day (16 mo. old). It’s been a week since we dropped a midmorning feed and I feel like I’m going crazy. Thanks mamas for sharing your thoughts, it helps. And thanks for the blog post. It helps to know I’m not crazy. I try to journal and one thing I’ve realized, this feeling is all fleeting.

    • blissinmama

      Thank you for your comment. Your incredible and scary experience and those of so many other women inspired me to start a new project. Visit http://postpartumproject.blogs… where I hope to create a community of voices to help. Post a comment there if you’d like to participate and I’ll send information about how to do so.

  • Julia

    Yep! I had these symptoms. Tons of fun. :(

    • blissinmama

      Thank you for sharing. Your incredible comment and those of so many other women inspired me to start a new project. Visit http://postpartumproject.blogs… where I hope to create a community of voices to help. Post a comment there if you’d like to participate and I’ll send information about how to do so.

  • CAMountainMama

    Thank you for this. It’s been 12 days since I stopped nursing my 18 month old, and quite frankly, this morning I was having thoughts of running away from home because I just couldn’t see myself getting through another day. I thought I was just not strong enough or tough enough for motherhood. Luckily, I found this blog on the web in about 45 seconds.
    It is really nice to know that there are other women out there going through similar things. It’s even nicer to know that this too shall pass.

    • blissinmama

      I do hope you are finished with this transition. Thank you for sharing your experience. Your incredible comment and those of so many other women inspired me to start a new project. Visit http://postpartumproject.blogs… where I hope to create a community of voices to help. Post a comment there if you’d like to participate and I’ll send information about how to do so.

  • JLand

    It is really good to read this! I too have been having a ton of the things mentioned, including heart palpitations. Had an EKG and tons of tests. Still my dr tells me it’s stress. I don’t think so. I started to slowly wean my daughter at 14 months and that’s when all of my symptoms started. I had her completely weaned at 18 months. She just turned 19 months and unfortunately I am still experiencing a lot of these symptoms. This is my second child and I never had any of this when weaning my first one.

    • blissinmama

      Thank you for sharing your experience. I hope you’ve regulated since you posted. Your incredible comment and those of so many other women inspired me to start a new project. Visit http://postpartumproject.blogs… where I hope to create a community of voices to help. Post a comment there if you’d like to participate and I’ll send information about how to do so.

  • Jmd4

    Thank you for your post, I’m going through this now. I weaned my son 1 month ago and am in my second cycle and still feeling a little “off”. My doctor could only suggest medication which I’m against. I just need to wait it out. I’m glad I’m not alone.

    • blissinmama

      I hope you are through the worst of it. Thank you for sharing your story. Your incredible comment and those of so many other women inspired me to start a new project. Visit http://postpartumproject.blogs… where I hope to create a community of voices to help. Post a comment there if you’d like to participate and I’ll send information about how to do so.

  • paulette

    Hi, I too just weaned my 3 year old youngest daughter, and I am a wreck emotionally and can’t sleep at night and feel so PMS like. Thanks for this post. I have been trying to lose weight and my trainer was convinced that weaning would help but I feel like eating chocolate and living in a warm bath right now.

    • blissinmama

      Thanks, Paulette. Your incredible comment and those of so many other women inspired me to start a new project. Visit http://postpartumproject.blogs… where I hope to create a community of voices to help. Post a comment there if you’d like to participate and I’ll send information about how to do so.

  • CV

    I am 1 year pp and STILL getting hot flashes and night sweats. My friend gave me this yummy fruit drink and told me to drink it daily and it has stopped my hot flashes! I did take it to my doctor for nursing approval and got the thumbs up. Here is my friends’ website: http://bit.ly/1eY8axw

    • blissinmama

      Thanks for the tip. I’ll share it. Your incredible comment and those of so many other women inspired me to start a new project. Visit http://postpartumproject.blogs… where I hope to create a community of voices to help. Post a comment there if you’d like to participate and I’ll send information about how to do so.

  • Priscilla

    thank you so much for writing this – I just two days ago nursed my 16 month old twins for the last time and the hormones are horrific. PMS x 1000! And awful headaches. your post was very helpful and comforting.

    • blissinmama

      Yikes! I don’t even know what it would have been like with twins. I hope you’re through the worst of it. Your incredible comment and those of so many other women inspired me to start a new project. Visit http://postpartumproject.blogs… where I hope to create a community of voices to help. Post a comment there if you’d like to participate and I’ll send information about how to do so.

  • sorelieved

    I feel like I was just sent an angel. I recently weaned my 17 month old and my body has been freaking out! I was honestly afraid I was going to die. My arms have been tingling, I have been getting sick in the mornings just like when I was pregnant (and I’m not), my heart has been hurting, I’ve been getting head aches, mood swings, ughh!! My body is freaking. out. I have searched and searched the web trying to find something, anything to help me feel a little better like maybe these symptoms are normal for someone who has been breastfeeding every single day for the last 17 months, but I found nothing! Until I found this post. THANK YOU!! For helping me feel like I AM NOT CRAZY and that my body is not completely revolting against me! You are an angel.

    • blissinmama

      You aren’t crazy, of course. Just full of hormones. Thank you for sharing your experience. Your incredible comment and those of so many other women inspired me to start a new project. Visit http://postpartumproject.blogs… where I hope to create a community of voices to help. Post a comment there if you’d like to participate and I’ll send information about how to do so.

  • Amanda

    THANK YOU for this! OMG. I weaned my daughter a little over a month ago. It was a fairly easy process and I was ready. I spent the last 5 years pregnant, recovering from miscarriage, TTC, then pregnant with my daughter, and then BF for just under a year. I have felt most of what you mentioned above. I have had a flood of emotions I haven’t felt in YEARS. Anger you wouldn’t believe and many people have felt the brunt of it. My patience level for idiots is nonexistant! I’ve been crying like crazy, anxious, mad, hurting, having headaches and migraines, I had fever last night, I’ve had a few nights of dizziness and vomiting…I was really starting to think I was going to go insane or lose control. I have felt so overwhelmed, like I was drowning, but couldn’t figure out why…until now. I am so glad you wrote this!

    • blissinmama

      Thanks for sharing your story. I hope all is well now. Your incredible comment and those of so many other women inspired me to start a new project. Visit http://postpartumproject.blogs… where I hope to create a community of voices to help. Post a comment there if you’d like to participate and I’ll send information about how to do so.

  • Ana Marroquin

    I love you….thank you.I’m not crazy…..:) This is so crazy. I thought I was having hallucinations but I am so mad doctors and more health professionals don’t tell you this. I am a week out barely. I thought I had contracted some kind of Virus or goodness knows. I have bee. having terrible insomnia, tingling in all my body, a sensation of sweating, headaches, anxiety, depression and a general feeling of unwelness. I couldn’t understand what was happening to me. Ive breastfeed once before and it was for a longer period of time, my daughter is 6mos. But I never ever felt this way before. I am surprised this isn’t more common knowledge. Feeling relieved. Thank you and god bless.

    • blissinmama

      No, thank you for sharing your story. Your incredible comment and those of so many other women inspired me to start a new project. Visit http://postpartumproject.blogs… where I hope to create a community of voices to help. Post a comment there if you’d like to participate and I’ll send information about how to do so.

    • newmom

      Thank you so much for your comment here! I have been so worried about the tingling. How long time did it last?

      • blissinmama

        The tingling, with the other symptoms, lasted until my period started. It seemed to reset my system. I hope this is over for you soon. This (and all the other heartfelt comments), inspired me to start my own project at http://postpartumproject.blogspot. I hope you’ll visit and perhaps, want to share your story with this growing community. Best to you.

  • Duhholly

    Thanks for posting this. U r correct, not much research or help is out there. I had and still am experiencing a bad situation with weaning. I breastfeeding for 16 months ( I do not recommend going over 12) and believe the longer you breastfeeding, the longer recovery and balance. I have all the symptoms abive, and more. for example, extreme isolationism from my family. But most notably, dermal ulcers. Since January, I have been experiencing what I thought was just hormonal acne from weaning, but little did I know it was was way more to do with it than that. I’m going to propose a question that there is no research that I have found concerning dermal ulcers and hormones. If hormones are proven to make women grow strange and long man-hairs on her chin and others, what does one think hormones will do to the actual hair follicle? My case: yes, the hormonal acne was a problem, large and painful underground spots with no head of any kind indicating a “pimple” since weaning in January. But what was weird is that I started to get these spots on parts my skin that was inflamed, i.e.: on ingrown hairs on the inside of my leg from using an epilator. The pain and spots (dermal ulcers) were getting so big it was taking a toll on my freshly new job after trying to go back to work from being a stay at home mom and social functioning(this started over the recent summer) I went to the dermatologist and seems like it just looked like I was a “picker” because i was a new patient and at that point i only had one spot on my leg and he didnt see it. yes, I kind of am a picker, but not to the degree that I would cause ulcers on my skin) after having to go to the ER from an infected patch of hair literally eating out a cavity of skin all the way to my tendon the size of a dime and then going back to two doctors and being put on everything from Paxil, Xanax, and three different antibiotics and birth control to help the acne, I finally went back and asked for a blood test. I convinced myself it was a rare condition of my hormones trying to get back in balance after breastfeeding for so long and then cutting her off in January (it has been 9 months since weaning and I still have milk and colostrum also). What I believe happened is that my hormones attacked any follicle inflamation it could possible “get to” on the skin (in my case already establish acne and ingrown hairs from shaving) resulting in my skin not being able to heal from the flux in changes, causing dermal ulcers. I just redently put some silvadene topical cream my doctor gave me and this s scary but it further proves my point, the cream some how acted like a drawing agent and started to almost immediately unveil a firgure-8 type trail on microscopic white hairs inside my skin both on my dace and legs where the ulcers were. this is extremely weird and seems to mutate my inflammed hair follicles. here how: we already know that hormonal rages cause women to have acne and other emotional and physical problems, not to mention us already knowing what it can do to hairs on the skin, so the only thing I can think of is that hormones also control the mutation and growth of the hair follicle aswell. I have bandages on my face and let’s and it is extremely painful to walk. Please no one breast feeding for that long, I know most mothers recover well from weaning and some even never wean or go until the child is 4 or five years old and never have a problem, but let me tell you, every BODY is different and goes through the journey differently, just like when you try to compare pregnant women to other preto women, it just doesn’t happen… The weaning process cannot be compared as well. Hope two s helps. I am still in pain an researching my condition and about to hear back from my blood test.

    • blissinmama

      Wow. I hope this all goes quickly for you. You are in my thoughts. Your incredible comment and those of so many other women inspired me to start a new project. Visit http://postpartumproject.blogs… where I hope to create a community of voices to help. Post a comment there if you’d like to participate and I’ll send information about how to do so.

  • Anna

    Wow! Thanks a lot for this post! I live in Europe (Finland) and was desperately looking for an explanation to my problems after slowly starting weaning my little one. Am still breast feeding but much less and my hormones are going crazy! :/ Insomnia, not losing any weight despite regular body activities, numbness and strange feeling in my limbs- I could go like this on and on….
    I was not aware that those could be related to weaning! I think I might check my hormones though…
    Thank you so much for sharing this!
    Greetings from Helsinki,
    Anna

    • blissinmama

      Thanks, Anna,

      I hope things get better for you soon. I do think things may regulate during your next cycle so that may not be too far away. I started a new project as a result of the heartfelt and large number of responses this post received. If you’re so inclined, I invite you to visit http://postpartumproject.blogspot.com. If you’d like to share your story, post a comment there and I’ll let you know how to do so. Good luck! Best, Barrett

  • Maggie

    Im 3 days into weaning my 21 month old last baby of 4. I can’t stop weeping. I don’t think I should feed her from my breast at this point, since it’s been a long 3 days. So very, very hard. Wish i had known and i wouldnt have done this. Was feeling pressured by my husband and other family members due to her age and also because i have severe gallbladder pain and have now put off my surgery twice and was told maybe im deprived of nutrients with always bf and beng pg, best nutrients going to baby.

    • blissinmama

      I hope things calm down for you soon and am sorry to hear you’re weaning before you think you’re ready. I can tell you that my system reset when I started my next period so, this might not last too long. I’ve started a project to help build community around these issues and get information to those who need it at http://www.postpartumproject.blogspot.com if you’d like to visit. And, if you’d like to participate, let me know. I’m looking for women to share their experiences. You’ll be in my thoughts as you transition–it will be over soon.

  • guest0203

    I am so glad I found this information, I thought I was crazy with the weaning changes my body has been going through. I started weaning 2 weeks ago and have had an on and off again low grade fever EVERY SINGLE DAY! It is driving me BANANAS. I really want this to be over. My hormones are running amuck, I feel nauseous constantly and can’t eat much because I have no appetite. I had no idea my body would go through these changes, doctors need to INFORM women better! I consider myself a very educated person, but had no idea to expect these changes. I hope it ends soon because I can’t stand having a fever on and off every single day. It feels absolutely crazy to me.

  • ancher

    Good news. I also felt very sad and anxious hormonally from dropping dien the number of beats. It seemed to last 7 to 9 days. A few tips:

    Don’t buy into the drama in your mind. Tell yourself “is just the hormones. These feelings will pass”.
    Keep busy and stay distracted of need be.
    See a doctor if you feel it is not getting better.

    Big hugs.
    -

  • Tiegan

    Thank you so, so much for this post! I haven’t been actively weaning, but since starting solids at 6 mos, my 8mo daughter has been dialling back nursings quite a bit, especially during the day. I’ve been having symptoms that I was worried were related to some sort of anxiety disorder, swollen lymph nodes, insomnia, and what I could only describe as ‘despair’ for about 3 days now. Went to the doctor for blood tests and was told all my levels were normal and was handed a prescription for Ativan. Your blog has given me the strength to power through this and know that I’m not insane for knowing this is hormones! I told the Dr. It felt like I was having a second bout of postpartum mixed with everyone of my mother-in-laws menopause symptoms at 25. He said hormones may be the problem, but that there’s nothing they can do about that… I don’t believe it.

    Does anyone know any good sources for nutrition and hormone balancing? I’m 10 days out from AF, and have never been so excited in my life.

  • cpbmama

    I am reading this teary eyed because something finally makes sense! After weaning my first I felt no changes. This time around I have felt a majority of the symptoms listed above…especially the hot flashes and cold sweats. I seriously feel like I am going thru menopause. I woke up last night dretchedrenched in sweat. Thank you for helping me feel like I am not alone and this will pass!

  • Nicole

    Thank you, I am experiencing all of this. There is little information. I feel much better. I think this might be a pretty old article. I was searching to make sure I was OK. The worst part is this extreme fatigue. I thought it was from making milk. My baby is 2 now and I am having to actually impose weaning on her, because she is not coming off gradually like my other two kids. I have been experiencing weeping for no reason and light sensitive headaches. I hope this ends soon. She is really not wanting to wean so I think it is going to be a long process *sigh*

  • McNurster

    I am very pleased to have found this post. I have been pregnant or breastfeeding for the past 6 years. I am currently in the weaning process with my two and half year old. He started sleeping thru the night a few weeks ago leaving us with only 2 relatively short feeds/24 hours. Over the last week I have experienced nearly all of the above symptoms – Night chills and drenching sweats, deep despair and rage, even weight gain. I’ve suspected hormonal changes but have wondered if my thyroid is malfunctioning. Glad to know I’m not alone. I agree that there is a lack of expert guidance out there, especially in the realm of extended breastfeeding. As a nurse studying to be a Lactation Consultant, it’s surprising how hard it is to find this kind of information.

  • Jen

    Oh my goodness! I was just in the bathroom at work, crying! I came back to my office, found this and cried again! My dd and I just stopped, cold turkey, 4 days ago and I’m a mess! It was my decision, not hers and I am so sad, and completely missing the bond. I hope this goes away quickly!

  • Jenn

    Holy Cow! Thanks for this post!! I’m weaning my 12 month old baby, and this post helped me make sense of the last week. The annoyance at little things, the rage, the compulsion to eat everything in sight. I’ve breastfed all six of my babies, and don’t remember this with the others… although maybe it was there & i just didn’t recognize it. Anyway- THANK YOU!!

  • woodenspoonlove

    Thanks for posting this imformation! I was a little on the lost side, and after a pregnancy test, figured out it was from weaning!