Charlie just turned one! I cannot believe a year has already passed. You know what that means? We celebrated our one year nursiversary! Boy has breastfeeding been different with him than it was with Maggie.
We are very lucky and haven’t had any breastfeeding struggles in our year together. Such a relief because of the stress I went through with Maggie. We began our nursing experience with tandem nursing. The love and joy that I could see in Maggie when she sat on my lap to nurse with Charlie laid across her lap snuggled up and nursing brought so much joy to my heart. (more…)
“Your baby doesn’t need to nurse at night anymore.” Has anyone ever told you that? How old was your child? A few months? A year? Older? I’m not going to advise when to night wean, because every family and every child has different needs. But I can tell you about our decision, research and experience night weaning a toddler for sleep training. I was more than resistant to anything other than child-led weaning. However, when our daughter was 15 months old, we were struggling so much with sleep, that we turned to a sleep coach, who gently but firmly encouraged night weaning for the purpose of sleep training and I’m so glad we did. (more…)
I was never going to breastfeed past a year, really, I wasn’t. And then I had a baby. Things changed. A few months ago, I was sure she had weaned. And then, she changed her mind for a few days. Then I thought she weaned again. Then she changed her mind again yesterday. She turns 3 in October but I’m still not forcing her to wean. I can’t seem to find a reason that I have to wean her.
As she has grown from an infant to a toddler, it seems she doesn’t always have time for me. I get less snuggles and I really miss them. We get that extra special mommy and Maggie time when she decides we should. It is so wonderful to nurse her. (more…)
We continue our series, Breastfeeding Expectations, where we follow three breastfeeding moms through the children’s first year of life. At eleven months, what are they most of as a breastfeeding mom? What tips do they have for traveling with their babies? Plus, pumping at work and the process of partially weaning their babies to incorporate solid foods. (more…)
Written by Beth
When I was pregnant, Anna asked how long I thought I would want to nurse our baby. I said maybe a year, but after that it would just be too weird. A kid coming up and asking to suck on my boob. Weird! I said I would pump and she could drink from a bottle but that’d be all. Well, here we are at 14 months, I haven’t pumped in months, and we are nursing nearly as often as a newborn. She’s still my baby and needs the milk I make just as much if not more now.
When Ellie turned 1, I thought nursing her at 1 looks exactly like nursing her at 11 months and 364 days old when she was still a “baby.” In my head I had somehow seen a helpless, tiny newborn needing my comfort and milk and the next day a toddler, who in my head resembled a four year old, jumping on me with light-up shoes and demanding I whip my boob out! I have come to realize I was being a tad dramatic. (more…)