I never thought about if I was going to use formula, Breast pump, or breastfeed once we had children. Going into my first OBGYN appointment I was given pamphlets on the benefits of breastfeeding and how to breastfeed. they even gave me contacts for lactation consultants which I would presume is normal for all obgyn offices to do.
I knew after reading the benifits of breastfeeding I would nurse my baby if I could.
When Zoey was born- nursing her for the first time was so incredible and terrifying for me. I knew I had colostrum for her because like all pregnant mommies experience I had leaky boobs that had caused me much discomfort and the” joy” of moving up several bra sizes. But despite all that I worried I wasn’t nursing her properly or that she wasn’t latching or getting anything. But the nurse assured me and showed me how to make sure she is properly latched and that if i looked near her ears I could see the movement of her swallowing.
After two days spent in the Hospital we headed home with our new bundle. It was so exciting we stopped at Starbucks and I enjoyed my first cup of coffee in 9months! It was wonderful.
Little did I know that this baby girl of mine would be nursing until she was three.
Now I have felt support and I have felt judgment towards me continuing to nurse my toddler. And I don’t expect to not get criticize because I once criticized and judged moms nursing their toddlers before I became a mom. I am just so sad to say this but I used to be ashamed of my daughter and myself when she wanted to nurse when we were in public or at a friends house- or when people were at our home. The judgment of “your still nursing your 1 year old?” and now three year old. I wasn’t prepared to give them a answer because it was just normal for me to just continue to nurse her. I do not feel ashamed anymore. I do not feel like I need to apologize or say a explanation on why I continue to nurse.
I just do.
Simple as that.
If you want to know some of the Benifits read below.
“Some other benefits of extended breastfeeding for toddlers:
- Protection from illness. Your milk will continue to enhance your toddler’s immune system so that he’s less prone to colds, ear infections, allergies, and other common ailments. And even if he does get sick, nursing will help to comfort him. In fact, breast milk may be the only thing he can keep down on an upset tummy.
- A healthier future. Research has shown that breastfed babies and toddlers enjoy all sorts of health perks when they grow up, including lower blood pressure and lower cholesterol. They’re also less likely to be overweight or obese, and to develop type-2 diabetes.
- A brain boost. Studies have found that the longer and more frequently a toddler breastfeeds, the smarter he’s likely to be thanks to the omega-3 fatty acids, or DHA, that are unique to breast milk.
- Toddler independence. You read that right! Rather than making him clingy, your toddler will be more comfortable exploring on his own when he knows that he always has the safety of your breast to return to.
- Comfort. Like a pacifier or a lovey, the breast can help to calm an upset toddler or make a boo-boo feel better.
- Quiet time. Toddlers have important work to do! They’re exploring, building new skills, figuring out all sorts of things about the world. And like any worker, they sometimes need a break. Breastfeeding a toddler can provide the perfect respite during a busy day — a need that moms can certainly relate to.” ~ WhatToExpect
My child obviously still needs that sort of nourishment and comfort.
Is it easy for me? No not all the time. In fact its very demanding- demanding of my time and patience. But I am thankful for that. I want her to know I will take the time for her. Anyone who has a three year old know they are not incredibly blessed with patience. And I am a firm believer in teaching through example. Yes even in breastfeeding.
When I found out that we were expecting our second child- Zoey was not yet a year old. I never stopped nursing her through my pregnancy and after P o e t was born it was a whirlwind of days trying to adjust two babies into a new routine and nursing was the only comfort for them and me. It also helped Zoey bond with her new baby sister, which was so important to me.
So my breastfeeding journey continues.
I have no time limit. I have no apologizes to give.
I am just a mom who nurses two toddlers.