The toddler is nearly 23 months – ten months on from the previous post – and it is going even better with breastfeeding. I find that we have established a rhythm and communication with regards breastfeeding.
She asks for “boo-boo” when she needs it. She looks in my eyes and plays with my hair and face, and we share a special “joke” between us. There is always something to share between us. I absolutely love this special relationship we have!
The toddler slept through last night, and I had to wake her this morning. Usually she wakes up a bit before we have to get up, and she snuggles and breastfeed until I have to get up. I missed it this morning …
Positives in continuing with breastfeeding:
- The toddler gets the best nutrition possible. Breast milk continues to provide everything that the toddler needs. (Not so formula.)
- Bonding time with the toddler is continuing. (I find the time with her to be extra EXTRA special.)
- Breastfeeding is a soothing and calming mechanism.
- The toddler does not use a dummy at all.
- We don’t have to prepare bottles with formula, especially at night when she sometimes wakes up. That is a big help!
- We keep on saving on formula.
- Breastfeeding is good for Mother as well. I get some extra protection against certain cancers.
- I am able to continuing working and still breastfeed late afternoon and during the night.
- We can leave the toddler for a longer period with other people. We have been away for a weekend (that fabulous Cruise weekend). The milk supply/breasts adapt accordingly.
- It is sometimes difficult to get the toddler to stay focused while breastfeeding. The more awake she is, the more she wants to drink-stop-talk-look-around-drink and again. (Luckily when she is tired, it is no problem at all.)
- I am able to breastfeed in public. I use a blanket, but have to make sure her head is not covered, or she opens up everything. It is a bit of a struggle!
- I need to be in the vicinity when the toddler needs her feed, especially during the night.
- It is a struggle to sooth the toddler with a bottle. It does not always work when Dad tries.
- The toddler sometimes grinds with her teeth when she falls asleep. (But she has never hurt me.)
I am continuing with breastfeeding. Now the 2 year milestone is drawing near. I read of so many mothers who are breastfeeding their toddlers long past infancy.
For now it works for me and for the toddler!
Breastfeeding the toddler - so special
(Photo: Mieka drinking from a sippy cup)