Back before I had a child, when I was a perfect parent (ha) I had planned to nurse Ella until she was 12 months. Well, like any plans during motherhood, that went out the window. Now here we are at 17 months… we are still going strong. I keep waiting for her to self wean…. but I might be going to college with her! 😱
I’ve learned a few things along our nursing journey that I wasn’t quite prepared for! Gone are the days of nursing a cuddly little newborn. Read on to be enlightened (and prepared.)
Nursing a Toddler I’ve learned:
-They turn into little acrobats. Standing, laying with one leg in the air. Twisting. Foot in your face.
-They pick a side. Hello lopsided boobs.
-Forget a nursing cover, toddlers are hot. And wiggly. (I actually have only used a nursing cover once or twice then I realized I was using it for other peoples sake and I stopped.)
-People are going to think it’s awkward or weird. Tell them they are awkward and weird. 😐
-Toddlers know what they want and aren’t shy or vague when asking.
-They get really happy to nurse. My daughter will run to where we nurse and giggle and clap her hands like a maniac.
Even though they are wiggly, sweaty little toddlers nursing at any age is so amazing and bonding. Once and a while my daughter will fall asleep nursing and I will hold her just a little longer before laying her down. Staring into her perfect little face, enjoying the quiet and stillness. Watching her breathing and knowing that I am giving her the most comforting thing in her world and that she will NEVER be this little again. I am blessed to be able to nurse my child for this long, I feel like the luckiest mom in the world.
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How long were you able to nurse your kiddos? Did they self wean?
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