Sunday, February 9, 2014

Breastfeeding a Toddler

While I had every intention of breastfeeding M until she was 2, things are not going exactly as planned. I love breastfeeding. It didn't come easy, but once we were in a groove, I always enjoyed it. I never had sore nipples, and only had blocked ducts a few times, mainly from sleeping on my stomach, I think.

In my head, once she turned one, we would still have a loving feed in the morning, potentially one after daycare, then one more at night. Things would gradually wind down on their own and she would self wean without complaint.

Hah! How wrong I was. How wrong I always am! (Remember when I thought I would become an earth goddess while pregnant?).

M will still breastfeed in the morning, after daycare, and before bed... but also many, many times in between (except while I'm working. obviously). This morning after waking up (I was able to sleep in until 8!), as soon as she saw me she literally launched herself at my breasts. And for this entire weekend she has been sucking, and sucking, and sucking. I don't even think there is very much milk left in there!

Her new word for "I want" is "Meh-nah". So she comes at me all the time, signing like a crazed zombie for milk and whining "Meh-nah, meh-nah, meh-nah". My poor nipples are like hamburger meat. I feel like she is sucking out all my energy. For the first time ever, I'm wondering if it is time to wean. Sigh. Hopefully, like everything, this is just a phase, because I can't take it much longer.
What do you mean I can't stay here all night??

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    1. And those red cheeks! What a sweetie! (Until you remove that breast... that unleashes the beast).

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  2. I'm sure other nursing Mommas have shared that your experience at this age is not uncommon. My 13 month old is currently a nursing machine. :-) Several of my kiddos, as their independence soared, needed that Momma time even more than they had previously.

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    1. I'm sure you are right. It seems to me that when I am in the middle of a change with M that I am the only person in the universe who has ever had to deal with it. Good to be reminded that I'm not the only one. And that this too shall pass...

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  3. Congrats on getting you as far as you have. My first born nursed until 20mo, and my second nursed until 22mo. I'm currently 36 weeks pregnant with my 3rd, I have no idea how long I'll end up nursing him or her :) Hopefully at least a year and a half :)

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  4. My body was a champ with my first, but he weaned himself at 13 months. My second gave me the same feeling you are having with no energy. I had to wean him at 13 months. My third is only 7 weeks old, but I'm working full time now and pumping for daycare is a lot of work (worth it though). I will try for a year with this one.

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  5. I know it can get hard mama, hang in there! She'll probably be ready to self wean before you know it.

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  6. You are so funny!! She is a cutie and I know how badly we all want to do the "best" for our baby's. You're all right. I am certain you will do the right thing. I am still laughing. I don't always have that loving feeling. Sometimes I feel the same way.

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  7. I'm expecting my first in April and am very much looking forward to breastfeeding as long as is reasonable/desirable for us. I love your outlook and sense of humor about this!

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