Tori Roloff Reveals She Is No Longer Breastfeeding Daughter Lilah, 10 Months: 'It's Bittersweet'
Tori Roloff recently stopped breastfeeding her daughter Lilah Ray, after the 10-month-old "lost interest in the boob" and the Little People, Big World star says the process hasn't been easy.
"This is just speaking for myself. I know everyone has different views of breastfeeding and all that, but, for me, it's a bittersweet thing because, when you start breastfeeding, you built up a connection this whole time with your child," she tells PEOPLE.
"They're dependent on you for feeding, and all of that," she adds. "And so, it's sad to … Oh, they don't need me anymore."
For Roloff, 29, who also shares son Jackson, 3, with husband Zach, 30, weaning both of her children happened naturally. She adds that she's focusing on the positives of the situation.
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My sweet Lilah bean. 💗 Tonight was the first night I put Lilah to bed without nursing her. My breastfeeding journey with this girl has been easy. She came out of the womb knowing what to do and it made my job easy. There were struggles for sure but I know how blessed I am to be able to go on this journey with her. But tonight I think this chapter closed. The last couple of weeks she’s just more interested in food. She’s lost interest in “the boob” and is literally growing up before my eyes. I’m lucky because weaning with both my kids has been so natural. I literally laid Lilah girl down and haven’t heard from her since. I will miss this time with my girl but it’s always exciting to move to the next stage!! Breastfeeding is different for everyone. Sometimes it works out. Sometimes it doesn’t. I know I have been given a gift to be able to feed my babies without assistance and I don’t take it for granted. I hope all those mamas out there struggling know you’re not alone (fed is best). And to all those mamas that are currently breastfeeding: keep it up!! Im getting all emotional writing this just looking back on the last 9 1/2 months and it always hits you like a ton of bricks how fast time flies. Love you, sweet girl. If y’all have questions about BFing drop it down below. I’m not expert but have had two different experiences.
Zach Roloff and Wife Tori Want Three or Four Kids: 'We Were Built for This Family Life'
"You're so proud that they're growing up and moving on, and it's one less thing they need from me," the mom of two explains. "But then you get a little more freedom back when you no longer breastfeed."
Continues Roloff, "I can be away from my child for more than three hours. You get a little piece of your body back too, because I mean, you're pregnant for nine, 10 months, but you know, your body is fully given to somebody for, you know, a year to two years."
While Roloff says that the pair have been "blessed with both our kids," adding their demeanors are both "pretty chill and not super high maintenance," they still aren't quite ready to start thinking about baby No. 3.
"I'm not pregnant, and I'm not going to be pregnant any time soon," she says with a laugh.
Adds Zach: "We both want more kids. So we'll see what happens down the line."
Little People, Big World airs Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET/PT on TLC.
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