To celebrate Breastfeeding Awareness Week, I decided to write a post about where we are at when it comes to our breastfeeding journey. Ethan is now 14 months and so qualifies as a toddler. Breastfeeding Ethan hasn't changed at all. He feeds when he wants to and still enjoys boooobbiee. I can definitely see that nursing him has great advantages. He is easily soothed & comforted at my chest. He is strong even though he looks slight. We actually call him Bam-Bam because he can carry, break things you don't think he can. Toddler lock anyone? He is clever, friendly & adventurous.
Nutritionally, nursing has saved my sanity on more than one occasion. From his natural phases where he doesn't eat as much to when he is ill. I can rely on my milk to not only satiate him but to provide adequate nutrients & anti-bodies to help him get better.
My ladies on GCM gave me hugs and support too which I truly appreciate. He doesn't bite anymore and he is currently cutting his 1st pre-molar. One question people ask me is how many feeds he has. The truth is I simply don't know. He is fed on demand just like he has been since birth. If he asks, he gets. Although sometimes when I'm busy, I tell him to wait till I'm done. For example, I was chatting to a pregnant mother at Mothercare in my peer supporter role and E started to go "booobiee muma" I simply said "When mummy finishes talking to the lady" I don't know how much he understood but he didn't ask again till she was gone.
I'm in a comfortable stage with Ethan although at night there are times I feel touched out but I nurse him because he needs it.
How do you feel nursing your child?
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