Toddler nursing…anyone who nurses a toddler has stories. The crazy positions. The angry demands. The moments of stillness. The immunity boosts. The crazy positions. The nipple twiddling!
Why do we do it? Personally, as we have added children, breastfeeding gives the nursling(s) and I a moment to connect. While I have to think about one-on-one time and plan for it with the older children, the time to breastfeed is spontaneous and it happens without much thought. It allows me a minute to breathe in the midst of a busy day, and to just hold and enjoy our child.
Here is a sample of what happened within a three-minute span this morning…
…and then she jumped off my lap and was into the next adventure of the day.
Although Otter is a very good eater, I will continue to nurse her until she is ready to stop nursing. I know she continues to receive immunities – the female body actually makes more for toddlers than it does for infants. There are days when all she wants to do is nurse: teething, growth spurt, upset tummy…my milk gives her some nutrition on those days. And there is my favorite reason: connection and comfort. I love looking down at her sweet face, knowing that for today, I am liquid love. This is why I put up with the craziness:
As she nears her second birthday, I am making peace with the fact that my days as a breastfeeding mom are numbered. Maybe she will nurse as long as Charger has, maybe not. I am trying not to have expectations.
Here is where I have arrived: When she no longer wants breastmilk, I want to remember that she is not rejecting me and that it is not about me. Because for me, it is the end of a book, one that I treasure, one that I could probably read forever, although it ended up being much longer than I expected. To her, it will simply be the day when she is ready to move on to the next chapter.
What drives you crazy about toddler nursing? Why do you nurse your toddler?