We sat at Christmas at my in-laws house. Owen asked to nurse by tapping my chest and saying, “Boo”. I obliged and no one was even aware I was doing anything but holding my child. My sister-in-law walked up and we began chatting. She bent down to kiss Owen and right at the same time he popped off to look at her and she got a face full of breast milk and quite the sight too!!! Luckily, I have some of the best in-laws and she just laughed and it’s now a good laugh for both of us.
Owen chowing down on Cheetos’s. He looks at me covered in cheese, mouth full and very seriously says, “Boo”. Uh, I don’t think so child! I am not your drink!!
As we’re leaving school, Bella trips and scrapes her knee. She screams all the way to the car, “Moooommmm, I neeeeed Boooob Millllk!!!”
Breastfeeding a toddler is an adventure to say the least. It seems, for most, to be easier than the first year. Your child won’t nurse as long or as often and you’ll find yourself more confident in yourself and your breastfeeding relationship. You will have your good days and your bad days.
In honor of World Breastfeeding Week, we (The Mommy Dialogues Mommies) are spending the week dedicated to breastfeeding. Each of us has our own story, tip, or trial to share, and while you might relate to one, the next you might not at all. That is one (of the many) reason I love The Mommy Dialogues; we are all different, but we are brought together to share our experiences as women and as mothers. Here is my story… The 5 Best and Worst things of nursing MY toddler.
5 Worst Things of Breastfeeding My Toddler
Pinching and/or Twiddling
For those that nurse or have nursed a toddler it’s highly possible that at one point you may have had to deal with your little one pinching your breast or twiddling your other nipple. Oh my goodness, it drives me nuts!! I didn’t break the cycle when it first began, and now it’s a major power struggle for us!!
You have to teach your toddler manners?! Who knew?! I found myself standing in line at the grocery store and Owen pulls my shirt down. Obviously, helping himself to a snack while he waits. Not quite the breastfeeding etiquette I was comfortable with. I taught Owen to tap my chest and say “Boo”, however I wasn’t prepared for him to yell, “BOOOOOBIE” while out in public.
In our situation, I believe continuing to nurse and enjoying a family bed have encouraged night nursing to continue. We still nurse anywhere between 1 and 4 times a night. This momma is tired (but what momma isn’t, right?!)
So yes, this is a fear of many breastfeeding moms once the teeth begin to appear. We struggled with this at one point. It was something that, honestly, pissed me off! I couldn’t help but put him on the floor and walk away with my teeth clenched. This didn’t please Owen at all, and he stopped quickly. We do occasionally have the sleepy clamp down… you know he falls asleep on the boob and you go to pull your nipple away and he clamps down for dear life. I’ve become a pro at prying his sleepy jaw open with my finger.
There just isn’t anything like having your child kick you in the face or practice their advanced yoga skills while still firmly attached your nipple.
5 Best Things of Breastfeeding a Toddler
Breast milk is the magic cure for pretty much everything physical and emotional for us. Scrape, bug bites, splinters, burns, pink eye; no worries moms boobs to the rescue!!
Cranky, stick a boob in his mouth. Sleepy, stick a boob in his mouth. Teething, sick, hurt…stick a boob in his mouth. “When in doubt, whip the boob out!”
No More Pumping (or at least very limited)
There is no fear of needing enough bottle to last till I get home. There isn’t the fear of missing a pump session and creating a shortage. Now, I only pump when Owen spends the night at gramma’s house, and it’s mainly to just ease the tension.
I adore the breastfeeding cuddles and the way that my body nourishes my sons both physically and emotionally. I enjoy being relied on; I enjoy being the only one to share this with him.
I might be crunchy on a lot of levels, but food is something we struggle with. We have gotten a lot better about the type of foods we eat, but I am grateful to know that when Owen doesn’t eat his best or finish his dinner that breast milk will be able to give him the nutrients his growing and ever changing, little body needs. It is reassuring to know that my body is making antibodies for him 24-7 to keep him healthy and strengthen his immune system.
HAPPY WORLD BREASTFEEDING WEEK