Today I celebrate 450 days of breastfeeding Lil’ B! We have reduced our feedings to mostly morning and evening since she’s usually with the sitter during the day. On the weekends (and off days) she sneaks in a few more feedings but it’s not her primary source of nutrition any longer. Lil’ B is a pig! She has a love relationship with all types of food and rarely turns her nose at anything.
Our nursing sessions use to be 10-15 minutes at a time…or eating on the go (eat, play, eat). Now the sessions tend to last much longer and is an extreme bonding session each morning and evening. Sometimes she will snuggle up to the breast for 30-45 minutes at a time.
With my son I counted down the days until we stopped because I felt like that was the ‘right’ thing to do. The one year mark just seemed a natural place to stop and he never looked back. With Lil’ B I’m treasuring each additional day that we have this bond. Maybe it’s because I know that she is my last baby, my last nursling.
There is nothing sweeter than your baby glaring up at you, skin touching, and sharing the most intimate part of raising babies. When people ask me when I plan on weaning I continue to answer them…”I don’t know…whenever she’s ready!”
I can’t wait for the morning when she wakes and starts looking for her favorite snuggle spot. Good night!
I'm right there with you. My little girl just turned one this week, and now that I'm back at work, I only get 3 sessions a day. She simply refuses to take my milk (or any formula, soy milk, etc) from a bottle or cup during the day. She'll happily drink juice or water at the sitter and in a cup. But the milk, she is insistent, can only come from me. It's heartwarming. I love the snuggle time. It's how she wakes up in the morning and how she is comforted at night right before bed. I don't intend to take it away from her. I'm letting her decide when she's ready to stop. My son went on a nursing strike when he was 9 months, and silly me, I thought that was it, so we stopped. I definitely feel different about it this time around, and it's different with a daughter than a very active and always moving son. 🙂 Congratulations on your BFing success!!!!!
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OH my… You almost made me shed a tear! I so wish that I continued breastfeeding. I plan on having two more babies, so wish me luck! And I wish you luck as well. That bonding is something special, cherish it.
Tara @ Go Green St. says
How sweet! I do miss nursing my babies! I actually was torn apart when they were ready to wean, which I allowed them all to do on their own.