I am still nursing my almost 17 month old son and I get a lot of looks about it. I wanted to chat about the benefits of extended breastfeeding for a moment to maybe avoid getting the side eye from “folks.”
I miss being able to hold my older two sons. I was in such a hurry to ‘wean’ them and get them on their way that I missed out on a golden opportunity to bond with them. Josiah and I have bonded in a way that no one else can understand. I love holding him close and breathing in his smell. Getting to hold him for an extended period of time helps me remember that he’s still my baby and I’m still his mama.
A lot of people wonder how extended breastfeeding can instill independence. Honestly, I don’t see this in my son right now, but I know it will come with time. I look forward to the day that he starts his own family and becomes independent, but for now I’m really enjoying him.
My son is at the age where he really doesn’t eat much. I’m not sure why toddlers don’t like eating anything we put in front of them. With nursing, it’s so nice because he comes up and eats often. I know he’s getting something in his belly and this makes me happy.
I don’t consider myself “super” mom because I’m nursing for an extended period of time. I’m just doing what works best for my son and I. So the next time I hear, “How long are you going to nurse him?” My answer will be….”until he leaves for college.” Can’t wait to see the looks from that!