Re: Feeding for longer than a year? Advi
Nursing after a year can be whatever you want it to be. You can continue to let your baby set the nursing schedule, or you can wean your baby from all her night feedings, from all her day feedings, or from just some of the feedings. You can continue to nurse wherever you are, or you can start to set limits (like no nursing in public, for moms who aren't comfortable with that). You can nurse 10 times a day or just once a day, whatever best suits your needs.
I personally am very pro-toddler nursing, because I see it as the big payoff on the investment you make during your baby's first year. Nursing a young baby is tiring, and it ties you down to the baby or to the pump. But nursing a toddler- you can skip sessions, you can have the baby eat other stuff, you can leave her with daddy or grandma or the babysitter. And you get all the health benefits of nursing (reduced risk for obesity, heart disease, breast cancer, etc.) and all the mothering benefits, too! Baby falls down and skins her knee? The breast soothes her tears! Overtired baby won't sleep? The breast will get her to close her eyes. Baby is going through a horrible spate of teething? The breast will help. Baby caught the virus that's going around town, and can't keep anything in her tummy and is refusing to eat? Breastmilk is better for her than Pedialyte. Baby is being a typical toddler, and refuses to eat anything except bananas and pasta? Breastmilk fills a lot of the nutritional voids in her diet (in fact, nurse 3-5 times a day and you do not have to worry about your child's dairy intake).
Coolest thing my big girl said recently: "How can you tell the world is moving when you are standing on it?"
Coolest thing my little girl sang recently: "I love dat one-two pupples!"