What You Learn Breastfeeding a Toddler
What is it like breastfeeding past the first year? Breastfeeding a toddler is full of the unexpected. I breastfed my first baby until two and I’m 18 months in and going strong with baby number two. It’s safe to say I’m becoming an expert in breastfeeding toddlers. I’ve also become a self-proclaimed expert in car safety for my children. It is absolutely imperative that you do the same and invests in a car seat for your child.
Before I became a mom, I fully expected to make it through the first year and then wean my babies. That was not what they had in mind though. The first year came and went, and weaning was no where in sight. I knew that I would have to wean them before preschool for sure, as I wouldn’t be there to feed them. My first baby was breastfeeding right up until we started researching preschools. This process took a while, as we were looking for a steiner preschool and wanted to make the right choice, so this gave me enough time to start and complete weaning.
As for Beckett, February 5th, 2018 is the day that he turns 18 months old. We celebrate one and a half. We celebrate 18 months of breastfeeding. I celebrate 3.5 years of breastfeeding.
Here are some things they don’t tell you about breastfeeding a toddler….
What is gymnurstics? It’s nursing mixed with gymnastics. If you thought your baby moved around a lot during feedings, just wait and see what kind of moves your toddler has. We have flips and kicks and full on yoga poses during our nursing sessions!
2.) Flash Feeds
When your toddler randomly finds you and demands a nursing session, only to be done in 30 seconds. He/she may be back for more in another 30 seconds, you never know. Toddlers are so distracted, holding a latch, let alone sitting still with other stuff going on is near impossible!
AKA every time you sit, it’s an invitation to nurse. If I think the couch looks comfortable and I want to sit and watch TV or drink my coffee, I have to think twice. Every time I sit, Beckett climbs up on the couch and pulls on my shirt to nurse.
4.) Milk Love
Your toddler with have a strong bond with your milkies. He/she will probably have a special name for them. Your boobs will be where they find the most comfort.
5.) Snuggles for Life
It’s so hard to get toddlers to sit still and snuggle. Those special nursing sessions are a guarantee for toddler snuggles. Those smiles and laughs as they nurse and snuggle, nothing is better.
Breastfeeding a toddler is an emotional rollercoaster. Somedays I love it and enjoy every moment, other days I want time to myself and feel so over touched. On the hard days I remember how short these days are. On the good days I soak up the joy.
18 months is a good age to be. 18 months of breastfeeding is an accomplishment to celebrate. Cheers to 18 months!
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