The Joys of Breastfeeding Past Infancy #29
Today I am happy to host a guest post by Michelle Carchrae. Michelle is a freelance writer and homeschooling mama to two little girls. Michelle blogs about parenting resources, attachment parenting, gentle discipline and life with kids at The Parent Vortex. Here is her breastfeeding guest post:
When Beatrice was a toddler, I weaned her at 15 months. I thought I would have more freedom once I stopped breastfeeding her, but the reality was that we didn’t get out on weekends away or even nights out as often as I had expected to. I had my body back, but I was missing this amazing time to be together and soothe my daughter in the way that only nursing does.
Now that Claire is a toddler, I’m in far less of a hurry to wean her. This time I know that weaning is not going to magically bring about a drastic change in lifestyle, and I’m ok with that. I’m just beginning to see how nursing changes when a toddler is old enough to talk and play, and I’m witnessing more magical moments that demonstrate just how important and special nursing is to her.
A few days ago Claire woke up from her nap and came downstairs, cuddling her stuffed bunny. We sat down in the armchair to nurse and when she finished she looked at me and said, “nam,” her word for nursing. Then she held her stuffed bunny up to my breast, looked at me and said, “nam?” I smiled. She smiled back, and let her bunny pretend to nurse for a while longer. “nam nam nam!” she exclaimed. Then she lifted my shirt and let bunny nurse on the other side. “nam nam.” Satisfied, Claire and her bunny climbed down from my lap and went off to play.
I love that Claire wanted to share her special treat with her bunny, and I love that our nursing relationship is still going strong. Instead of setting a goal to breastfeed for one year or even two years, this time I hope to nurse until Claire outgrows the need for it, both physically and emotionally.
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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