Yesterday was Mohamed's first birthday! We had a little picnic with our close family and friends, and several out of towners were able to make it in, so it was a good time. There are some other infants in the family, so people are always comparing them, and I'm happy to say that, for once, I didn't take too much criticism about continuing BFing or cosleeping. I think I've just stuck up for myself so much in the past that now I just get the eye-roll or the "you'll regret it" line.
One thing that was bothering me, however, was that I just don't know how to approach my cousin. We had babies at the same time, and she is expecting her 3rd in August (so they will be about 14.5 months apart if she goes full term). With her two prvious children, she gave up breastfeeding before ever leaving the hospital, mostly because she is so uncomfortable asking questions or getting help. I want to encourage her this time because there would be so many benefits for her and this 3rd baby! Is it even worth my effort, or should I just let her decide on her own? As background, she always gets gestational diabetes and gains much extra weight, her children all suffer from sometimes severe allergies.
Thanks for the ideas!
And woo hoo! to making it past a year and going strong!