In a conversation with some acquaintances recently it came up that I was still "doing that" and some women said "she needs to stop that!" He just looked at them and said "Really? Why?" To which, of course, they did not have an answer! He said, "you know it's more common now to nurse for the first 2 years." They didn't say another word about it.
There still isn't much support out there for Moms of nursing toddlers. To have my hubby in agreement and supporting me 100%- it's a wonderful thing.
I continue nursing Gray because I know it is best for him & me. Of course I consider the fact that there is evidence of many benefits to nursing past the first year for both baby and mom. There are so many benefits that I can't even begin to list them all. But I'll just be honest. It works for us. And I love it. And so does he.
Even if it means I have to eliminate dairy, egg, and nuts from my diet. (He's allergic.) Even if it means I have less freedom. Even if it means somedays I am no more than a milk machine. It is so worth it. Breastfeeding my children has been one of my most cherished parts of parenting.
I don't know how long I'll nurse him. I am happy with our nursing relationship right now, and am open to letting things just happen naturally.
World Breastfeeding Week is August 1-7 and Musings Of A Crunchy, Domestic, Goddess is having a photo contest asking for your favorite breastfeeding picture of you and your child. I have been wanting to get a really good one of me and Gray at this age, so I am going to see if Ashlee can snap a good one of us today during our play date at the park. I'll post it here later. I'd love to see your photos if you have them, so let me know if you post something on your blog.
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