Re: Extended Nursing
I didn't plan on nursing my first past day 365, but I ended up nursing her until age 3 and with my second baby there's no way I'd wean before she's ready! I toddler nursing!
- It allows a very low-stress transition to solid foods. As long as the baby is nursing frequently, you can relax and let her set her own pace with solids, knowing she is getting a balanced diet from your milk. That means it doesn't matter if all she will eat for 3 weeks straight is cheerios and floor dirt.
- Flexibility. After a year, you can continue to nurse on demand, or you can set whatever limits you wish. You can nurse just a few times a day, or only at home and not in public (if that's important to you).
- Air travel is much easier if your baby will nurse, because nursing eases the pressure changes in her ears.
- Breastfed babies get sick less often and don't stay sick for as long.
- If baby does get sick and won't eat anything, breastmilk will still provide calories, hydration, and comfort. Even if baby pukes up everything she drank a minute after nursing, breastmilk is so rapidly digested that you can be sure she got something out of it.
- Nursing stops tantrums, reduces teething pain, comforts boo-boos, and soothes cranky toddlers to sleep.
- Mother-led weaning is often challenging, tearful, and abrupt for both mom and baby. Baby-led weaning is easy and gradual. I can tell my 2 year-old is getting close to weaning- she is now so busy that she rarely asks to nurse and when we are on the go she can forget to nurse for nearly the entire day. Because her nursing sessions have decreased so gradually, my milk supply has slowly dropped, which means that I'm weaning without discomfort or engorgement.
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!"