The Joys of Breastfeeding Past Infancy #21
Today I am happy to host a guest post by Marisa. Marisa works full-time at an environmental consulting firm and endured a year of driving back and forth to her son’s daycare at lunch every day to nurse him (she also pumped at work in various locations, including the office server room). Marisa is a bedsharing, toddler-wearing first-time mom and “informal breastfeeding consultant” for many of her new mom friends. Here is her breastfeeding guest post:
As a mom who works full-time, extended breastfeeding has been a great reconnection tool for me and my nursing toddler at the end of each day. Oakley literally dances with joy when I walk through the front door, laughing and shouting, “Nursies! Nursies!” There are days when I can barely take off my shoes before he’s pawing at my shirt, trying to get to our favorite spot on the couch, so we can cuddle and “talk” about our day. (I ask yes or no questions and get lots of head nods and shakes since my breast is occupying his mouth!)
Oakley is your typical rough-and-tumble boy in all that does – including nursing. Every session is a marathon of acrobatics, side-switching, twiddling, twirling, kicking, laughing! One very rough day, he grabbed my breasts and yelled, “Mine!” (his favorite word at the time). To which I replied, “No, Mama’s nursies. But Oakley can have them right now. But they are Mama’s.” He touched again and asked, “Mama’s?” I said yes. I think it was truly dawning on him that these milk machines were actually ATTACHED to me and he was trying his best to process that information.
Now every nursing session includes some talk about “Mama’s nursies.” He loves to categorize everything (dada’s car, papa’s car, mama’s coat, grammy’s coat, etc.) so “Mama’s nursies” is just another entry in his long list. And I’m happy to keep loaning them out for as long as he needs them. Nursing a baby provides vital nourishment in the form of food and drink – but nursing my walking, talking, table-food eating, almost-2-year-old toddler provides so much more.
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.)
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