The Joys of Breastfeeding: Milk Songs
Welcome! This post was written for inclusion in the March Carnival of Breastfeeding. Be sure to read some of the other writers who published on this topic; there are links at the end of this post.
When Kieran was a few weeks old, he began making a little noise during nursing sessions. They sounded something like this:
oya oya oya
Sometimes he would oya in response to my cooing, eyes wide with wonder at the sound of my voice. Sometimes he would oya as his eyes drooped closed in milky slumber and his little mouth slowed to a drowsy suckle.
I thought of those sweet oya oya oya’s as Kieran’s milk song.
They were half-piglet, half-bizarre punk rock lyric. And we loved every single one. Each oya would make my husband and I shake with silent laughter or grin with impossible love.
Kieran was about six months old when I noticed that his oya’s were fewer and further between. The realization made me sad, because it was just one more way my baby was growing and changing.
Each new stage of our breastfeeding relationship, though, has left me with memories that make my heart swell. The milk songs from the first six months faded into mischievous milky smiles in the second six months.
And as Kieran learned to walk and talk in his second year, the memories of nursing my baby were joined by the joys of breastfeeding a toddler. His wordless oya oya milk songs ended, replaced by proclamations like:
“NeeNee love mama milk!”
“I love mama milk so much!”
His words of love are now the sweetest music to my ears.
Please check out some of the other Carnival of Breastfeeding posts:
- Stop by Blacktating to find out what makes breastfeeding so great.
- Breastfeeding Moms Unite! shares some poems about the joys of breastfeeding.
- Chronicles of a Nursing Mom lists her top five things she loves about breastfeeding.
- Good Enough Mum reminds us that you don’t need to be crunchy to like breastfeeding.
- Hobo Mama explains that there is no need to count calories when breastfeeding.
- Lactating Girl enumerated the joys of breastfeeding a toddler.
- Pat at Life of a Babywearing and Breastfeeding Mommy reveals that breastfeeding is how she connects with her little one after work.
- Sheryl from Little Snowflakes discusses the joys of nursing to sleep.
- Mandy at Living Peacefully with Children wrote some nursing haikus.
- Whozat from Lucy and Ethel Have a Baby opens up about nursing her little person.
- Maman A Droit has written a joyful list about breastfeeding.
- Tanya at The Motherwear Breastfeeding Blog describes the things she loved about breastfeeding her son.
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