In 12 days Mila turns 3. And not only is it her 3rd birthday, but also our 3rd nursiversary, wow!
If you had of asked me 3yrs ago if I would breastfeed a 3yr old, I would probably have said no. Even a year ago, or 2yrs ago. I have always said that 2yrs was my goal, anything after that a bonus, and I’d wean before 3yrs.
I was one of those people who felt breastfeeding past 2 was a bit “extreme”, that the child could drink the breastmilk out of a cup instead of a breast. Yeah, I know, how naive of me. I wish I could go back and slap that former self of mine (Btw, never worded these thoughts to anyone other than myself & my husband). Then over time, I became to realise that breastfeeding is more than just the milk. It’s the bond between mum & baby/child, the comfort & security it creates, and so much more. So my opinion definitely changed, and I’m glad. I guess the support of an online community helped. In my mothers group, there were quite a few of us full term breastfeeders. 3 of us are still currently breastfeeding our 3yr olds. Knowing I have friends among me doing the same, helped to normalise full/natural term breastfeeding.
So here I am, at almost 3yrs of breastfeeding! It has been easy, thankfully. Mila latched on right from the start & we’ve had no problems since. She even nursed right through my pregnancy with Roo, and I did expect her to wean as Marley did halfway through Mila’s pregnancy. But Mila held on. She still loves breastfeeding, and I honestly can’t say when she will wean. I’d like it to happen this year, and I kinda hope it is, but then I feel sad at the thought of her weaning. She still has 2 main “feeds” per day; first thing of a morning & before bed at night. Some days she might con me into giving her an extra quick one throughout the day, or if she has hurt herself I offer her the breast to make it all better. She asks for it a lot lately “please beautiful mummy, can I have some boobie, please?” Or “just a little bit of boobie please?”. It’s all very cute, and sometimes hard to resist, but I usually say no, as I want her to cut right back. It’s hard though, since Roo is still breastfed, it makes me guilty when Mila can clearly see I allow Roo to have it heaps, but not her. I have no idea how I’ll wean her if she doesn’t do it on her own, I’d rather it be on her own terms though & not forced.
So here is to 3 years of breastfeeding, hooray! I feel lucky to have the privilege to still be breastfeeding, cause I know not everyone is as lucky.
My breastfeeding journey, 11 months ago – https://lactasticmamachatterings.wordpress.com/2013/02/21/my-breastfeeding-journey/