I need a long-term perspective check.
I'm pretty sure this is one of those parenting moments when it would be best for me to chill out and trust the strong bond between myself and my son. He's two years old now, and still nursing happily. He's also a toddler who's working on his two year molars off and on, which means that his appetite is erratic but generally on an upward trend.
My in-laws are not happy that he's still nursing. Even though I've explained how happy our pediatrician is that DS still nurses, especially when he had pneumonia last month and wouldn't eat anything.
In the car this morning, they sat in the back while we got burgers for everyone. DS exclaimed, "Burger!" They started saying things to DS like, "But you don't get a burger; you still drink milk. You're not a baby anymore, you don't drink milk anymore. You need to learn to eat. Big boys don't drink milk anymore."
Obviously, steam erupted from my ears. DH was oblivious (fiddling with his phone) and didn't hear them. I said nothing, thinking that this might be a moment for me to let it roll off my back.
So... That was probably a wise decision, right? I educate when I can (like when my MIL asked me at 9 months, "So, your milk goes bad after a while, right?"), but I don't want to make it a fighting ground. Especially when I'm the mom and I get to decide, ultimately.
I just hate that they tried to shame him about it. Ughhhhhh.
Thanks for your wisdom, Mamas.