Saturday, January 16, 2010
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Breastfeeding a toddler or older child can sure be an adventure! My nursling is almost 2, and sometimes I feel like a combination jungle gym/vending machine! Most people in our lives don't understand it, and I could rattle on about the WHO recommendation of at least 2 years, I could list all the many ways that it benefits her body and mind... but all health reasons for full-term breastfeeding aside, I'm still so glad for this special experience, despite how others may degrade it in their minds.
The way my little one exclaims "Beebees!" with such utter glee, the way she smiles while nursing and pats my breast, the way she can slow down her crazy little life and have a peaceful moment with me now and then, the way she giggles and pushes my husband away if he teases her and starts going after my boob... It's all so silly, special, comforting, and yes, occasionally irritating, lol. I wouldn't trade this for the world. Even when I feel literally drained, just seeing how incredibly happy and healthy she is rejuvenates and blesses me like nothing else!
I hope that by sharing this post, moms that are "still" breastfeeding will be able to relate, and hopefully get a smile or giggle from it too. I hope that this may also help others realize that full-term nursing isn't just something done by "natives" or "hippies" (terms I've actually heard people use to describe people who nurse beyond a year, ugh)! It isn't something we do just for the sake of being weird. It isn't something that becomes perverted just because your child passes their first birthday. It is still just as healthy and comforting to them as it was when they were little babies, and we do it just because it is NORMAL. I hope you enjoy the following quotes, and please feel free to add your own in a comment! Big thank you to everyone that contributed to this post :-)
My eldest son, who self-weaned at about nearly 3, came into my bedroom about 6 months later while I was dressing. He saw me with no shirt and exclaimed, "THERE'S my boobies!!!"
My 3 year old said," mmm, tastes like HONEY!"
My 21 month old son who is still nursing recently called me "mama cup" while patting my chest. Also, when i asked him what my milk tasted like, he said "chotat" which I think meant chocolate! Nursing has been such a blessing for us.
My 5yo sister has called nursing "ump" since she was a baby. When she was old enough to talk, we asked her why. She said, "Oh, that's how I used to say bumps when I was little."
My 3 year old tells me all the time he wants to give me booby kisses like sister HayLee does.. :)
I can remember my mother nursing me on demand, and I was at least three, possibly even four. Knowing she was there for me to snuggle up to and comfort nurse was the most... safe... feeling, and it's almost impossible to recreate as an adult. ♥ Thank you, mom.
My 2.5 yr old just weaned 2 months ago. Sitting on the potty the other day she said "I'm a big girl, I go potty, no more Momma's milk for me, bye, bye momma's milk". So sweet....
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