Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Nursing My Toddler

My son is 2, 25 months to be exact and I breastfeed him. I'm often asked "When are you going to stop that?". Usually, I smile politely and say "I meant to stop at 1". It tends to throw some people off a bit, as they then get that "huh?" look on their face.

From day one, Jaxton has been a GREAT "latcher". He latched on within an hour of his birth and has since never broken his latch:) In the hospital, he cried A LOT - and I was told to throw him on the boob - that he was probably hungry as they need to nurse often when they are young and get your milk flowing. He wouldn't settle down with a pacifier or on his own. He wanted to be held A LOT and so I did what any mother would do - HOLD HIM, NURSE HIM, COMFORT HIM, MEET HIS NEEDS.

I became his "human pacifier" as he wouldn't take a pacifier, nor his thumb. The middle of the night Google searches led me to dead ends. The trips to the libraries and bookstores reading books on how to get my son to sleep with out nursing to sleep were endless and also dead ends:) I documented it - see picture:)
There are endless articles on the benefits of breastfeeding and co-sleeping. My mom sent me this one http://www.nbcnews.com/health/kids-who-were-breastfed-longer-have-higher-iqs-new-study-6C10787012 this morning and that is what sparked my blog post. I am not sure how long I will breastfeed. I've been saying I intend on stopping for over a year now:) Whenever it is, its MY choice. I believe in what I am doing for my son. He's HEALTHY and HAPPY...VERY HAPPY:)