Emmett is 26 months and we are still nursing strong.
When my older two were this age and still nursing, I felt like I was wanted to be done. Badly. I avoided and restricted my toddlers nursing. So, technically I have never let my kids self wean. I was pregnant and I could only handle them nursing for so long before I’d say ” Ok. That’s enough.”.
Because I am open and happy to still nurse Emmett this time around, I have discovered some new things that I love about nursing a toddler:
-It is a great opportunity to reconnect with him during busy atmospheres or if
he is a feeling little off. Nursing always brings him back to balance.
-It is an effective way to calm him when he is tired and cranky. Nursing puts him to sleep when he is tired.
-When he is sick, the only thing he will take is breast milk. Sometimes it is the only thing he can keep down and it’s so good for him.
-It inspires me to eat really well to continue to provide him with that nutrition.
-It provides an opportunity for me to relax if I am sick or tired. He will always come and lie down with me and nurse.
-It makes a great, healthy and cheap snack when traveling!
This is my experience. What’s yours, with breastfeeding a toddler or not? How do you reconnect and restore balance with your children?