The Joys of Breastfeeding Past Infancy #19

August 20th, 2010 by Dionna | 3 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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Today I am happy to host a guest post by Mamapoekie. Mamapoekie is a Belgian SAHM living in Ivory Coast. When she’s not running around her cloth diapered, free range, unschooled, breastfed two year old, she blogs about all this and much more at Authentic Parenting. Here is her breastfeeding guest post.
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When I set out breastfeeding my daughter, I never knew I would get this far. I never knew I would even want to nurse into toddlerhood. I never knew that I would love it so dearly.

But here I am, still breastfeeding my lovely daughter who turned two years old this past June. And I do love it and try to enjoy every moment of it, because there are those days when she nurses less frequently that make me wonder if it will soon be over.

Of course there are also the days that it gets to be a bit much, and I think I’ve had enough. There are days that the nursing seems to be interrupted by life instead of the other way around, but still, I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

My daughter is a healthy and extremely independent girl, so you can put all the claims that natural duration breastfeeding creates clingy ultra dependent children to rest.

Moreover, breastfeeding infants into toddlerhood is a very normal thing in over half the world. I live in Ivory Coast, and the average weaning age here is between 18 months and two years. Nobody bats an eye at a woman stopping alongside the road to breastfeed her child. If you ‘make it’ beyond age 1, people stop to compliment you for providing for your child.

There is no magical boundary where breastfeeding becomes weird or abnormal or unhealthy. Every breastfeeding toddler started out a newborn and his mama took it one day at a time: she just breastfed on through the good and the bad and the teeth and the giggles.
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Breastfeeding past infancy 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 child who is older than one year, 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. (This series was formerly called “The Joys of Breastfeeding a Toddler.” I changed the name to reflect the fact that we are celebrating women who breastfeed past infancy, regardless of the age of the nursling.)

3 Responses to:
"The Joys of Breastfeeding Past Infancy #19"

  1. Summer   summerminor

    Breastfeeding my toddler means always having that moment to calm, center and connect. Toddlers are wild and have far too much energy. Getting to sit down and have or quiet time is just what we both need after a busy day (and during, too).

  2. kelly @kellynaturally   kellynaturally

    My oldest weaned around age 4, my youngest is self weaning at age three (he just asked to nurse today after a couple weeks off). Love nursing my babies… I will really, really miss it when my little one is done.

  3. MomAgain@40   karentoittoit

    My toddler is now 20 months, and I also cherish breastfeeding her every moment. Absolute joy!
    Thanks for sharing. Love that pic!

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