Weaning: Your Stories – The Carnival of Weaning

Weaning. The word can evoke intense feelings – whether you are on the verge of saying goodbye to your nursing relationship, have gone through an unexpected (and unwelcome) weaning, or welcomed the end of your little one’s nursing sessions – weaning is always emotional.

But as intense as weaning can feel for every mother, there isn’t a wide network of support and encouragement for gentle weaning, like there is for breastfeeding. And so it is our intent in this Carnival to share the voices of women across the world – women who have traveled different breastfeeding journeys, but who share at least one thing in common – we eventually stop nursing from the breast and focus more on nurturing in other ways.

Your co-hosts for Weaning: Your Stories are Dionna at Code Name: Mama and Dr. Laura at Aha Parenting.

How to Participate in the Carnival of Weaning

Submission Details for Weaning: Your Stories: If you have experienced the end of your child’s nursing relationship, consider sharing some part of your story: Do you have tips on gentle weaning? Did you nurse your child past infancy – or not? Does your child remember breastfeeding and/or weaning? Did you wean one child while you had another nursling? Did you do anything to mark the occasion? Regardless of where you are in your breastfeeding journey, there is a spot for you in this blog carnival. While we particularly want to hear from mamas who have experienced the process of weaning, the carnival is also open to mamas who are contemplating weaning, who remember weaning as a child, who have particular fears about weaning, et cetera.

Why is your weaning experience unique? Please share your weaning story! The only restriction we can think of is that we do not want to host any posts that advocate for non-gentle weaning approaches.

Deadline: Monday, May 14. Fill out the webform (at the link or at the bottom) and email your submission to us by 11:59 p.m. Pacific time: Dionna {at} CodeNameMama {dot} com and DrLauraMarkham {at} AhaParenting {dot} com

Carnival date: Monday, May 21. Before you post, we will send you an email with a little blurb in html to paste into your submission that will introduce the carnival. You will publish your post on May 21 and email us the link if you haven’t done so already. Once everyone’s posts are published on May 21 by noon Eastern time, we will send out a finalized list of all the participants’ links to generate lots of link love for your site! We’ll include full instructions in the email we send before the posting date.

Please submit your details into our web form: This will help us as we compile the links list. Please enter your information on the form embedded at the end of this post, or click here to enter it on a separate page: Carnival of Weaning participant form

Find more details at the Call for Submissions post.

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