The Joys of Breastfeeding Past Infancy #24
Today I am happy to host a guest post by Becky. Becky Saenz has spent over 9 of the last 14 years nursing her four babies. She also works part-time as a Breastfeeding Medicine physician in Madison, Mississippi. Here is her breastfeeding guest post:
I’ve nursed all four of my kids well beyond their first birthday, but I haven’t had the opportunity to tandem nurse until the boys came along. My boys were IVF babies, conceived at the same time, in the same petri dish. So that makes them “twins” of a sort, although they were born 28 months apart.
When the younger one was born, I had to explain to then 2year old brother that the baby needed to “get dibs,” but there would be plenty for him, too. Since baby brother was a preemie, I sometimes let them nurse simultaneously in the early days so that big brother could get the milk flowing for his younger brother.
As they’ve gotten older, we’ve had to change nursing positions to accommodate all the growing arms and legs. And their “nursing cues” have become verbal: Jacob has learned to ask politely for “Mommie-milk, please” and Samuel’s first sentence was, “Want that side!” Sometimes they ask as a way to touch base or regroup in the middle of all the busy-ness of a large family.
Now, 19 months later, I still often nurse them simultaneously for the sheer convenience of it, and the way it soothes sibling rivalry. They often do things that I’ve heard that twins do – hold hands, tickle each other’s ears, and mumble a conversation back and forth.
Someday, I need to teach them not talk with their mouths full. But not today.
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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