The Joys of Breastfeeding a Toddler #2

April 10th, 2010 by Dionna | 9 Comments
Posted in Breastfeeding/Lactivism, Carnival and Special Series, Compassionate Advocacy, Feed with Love and Respect, Guest Posts, Joys of Breastfeeding Past Infancy, Just for Fun/Miscellaneous, natural parenting

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I am so happy to welcome Natalie, who has shared a story about one of her greatest joys in breastfeeding her toddler, Nathan, who recently turned two years old. Natalie is a Christian, a wife, a tandem-nursing mama, and a homemaker. She spends her days kissing chubby cheeks, taking paper out of the baby’s mouth and butter out of the toddler’s hands, taking care of her house, and writing for her own site, Naddy’s Blog. Here is her breastfeeding guest post:

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mother wearing toddler in carrier on her backI think the biggest difference in nursing a toddler, beside the fact that it is unpredictable (he can get busy out and about and not nurse practically all day, or be tired and not feeling well and need to nurse every few hours like his sister!), is that toddlers are blossoming into verbal little people.  Both of my funny toddler nursing stories are due to Nathan’s blossoming verbal skills . . .

A few months ago, Nathan’s ‘word’ was “Boo!”  Whenever he didn’t know what to say, whenever he was happy, he said “Boo!”  He and I were snuggled up nursing one morning and my husband came to wake me up.  Nathan hadn’t opened his eyes, and I thought he was going back to sleep, so we were both highly amused and surprised when he popped off, rolled over, and said, “Boo!” at daddy. :)

Yesterday, for the first time, he nursed, then walked away, pausing for a moment to say “YUM!” in commentary as he went.  It totally blew me away.  I am so thankful for being able to share this special bond with him and to have this part of our nursing adventure!

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Breastfeeding a toddler is full of laughter, joys, and heartbreaking tenderness. I am publishing a series of posts dedicated to the beauty of nursing toddlers in an effort to normalize this healthy and beneficial nursing relationship.

But this isn’t just about me – I want to hear YOUR joys. If you are nursing a toddler (or have in the past), please contact me and tell me about your favorite moments. I will include them in the series and credit you, your site, or post it anonymously if you so desire.

9 Responses to:
"The Joys of Breastfeeding a Toddler #2"

  1. Sheryl @ Little Snowflakes   sheryljesin

    This is beautiful! I agree that it is wonderful nursing a toddler who can express how they feel about breastfeeding. My 2 year old son tells me that milky tastes yummy like ice cream. I love it!

  2. Dionna   CodeNameMama

    Sheryl you would get a kick out of this post: http://codenamemama.com/2010/01/18/what-does-breastmilk-taste-like-part-5/
    We think it tastes like ice cream over here too ;)

    Natalie – thank you so much for sharing your story! Isn’t nature wonderful that something so healthy for our little ones is also so delicious?!

  3. Natalie   babywearingitup

    LOL, Sheryl! :) My kiddo isn’t quite that verbal yet… can’t wait!

    Dionna, thanks so much for sharing my story… and I loved reading that post ~ fascinating!

  4. Heather   xakana

    That’s cute!

    Mine has told me that the milk tastes like anything from “chocolate” to “bananas” and “ice cream”.

  5. Sarah

    Nursing a toddler has many moments. Highs and lows. lol Twiddling and fiddling drive me nuts! : ) It’s also tough when a toddler voice can be just so much louder than a baby’s. My little girl calls them boobs so no mistaking what she wants. :o But the wonderful moments are so much more plentiful.

    I also find that nursing is like a giant kiss and a band-aid for our relationship. Tonight was frustrating (to say the least) and after her and her big sister had hit, pinched, bit, kicked and spit on each other a couple dozen times and nothing was helping them I just screamed and picked one up and put her there and the other over there and well it wasn’t pretty – both girls glared at me and each other then my older daughter came over for a cuddle and hug then bed. But my sweet little toddler’s lip quivered and her eyes welled up and she looked at me and softly asked “Boob?”

    I pulled her into my lap and she nuzzled and nursed. She petted and let her eyes close. She gulped in a huge lung of air, cried and said “Love OO mommy”. Then she latched back on and smiled up at me. then proceeded to blow milk bubbles and generally be a silly goof.

    I’ve always found that no matter what happens, a little cuddle and some mom juice (her sister’s term) makes everything better and smooths away those less than stellar parenting moments.

    Now if only I could find something that would work equally as well as she gets bigger.

  6. Dionna   CodeNameMama

    Sarah, that was beautiful!! I’m emailing you :)

  7. Melodie   bfmom

    Nursing a toddler is super fun. I’m really appreciating it this time around with my second child too. I take so much pride and pleasure in all the cute things she says about it and how she nurses. Great post!

  8. amy

    Thanks for this — Sarah, your comment was so great!

    I nursed my daughter til she weaned herself at about 19 mos. and my son is now 16 mos and showing NO signs of weaning at all. I enjoy our closeness and the magical time that nursing is for both of us. But I feel very acutely — much more than I did with my daughter — that I am somehow weird or different for still nursing with no end in sight.

    I know it’s right for us, for him, and I don’t doubt that. But I am very grateful to those of you who are totally open and proud. You inspire me. Thanks.

  9. brenda

    Just another thought my girl also still has naps in the arvo. I have tried not giving her one and then putting her to bed earlier but then she wakes up again just before I go to bed and is hard to get her back to sleep. We do co-sleep as well.

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