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Breastfeeding A Toddler


I recently posted about my breastfeeding story and reaching my goal of a year which you can read all about here. Amelia is now 14 months old and we are still going strong so I wanted to share with you what it's like breastfeeding a toddler. Breastfeeding a toddler is completely different than feeding a newborn baby.

When I was pregnant I hadn't given breastfeeding much thought at all, I didn't really know much about it to be honest and just went with the flow. As soon as Amelia was born I knew that I wanted to breastfeed since she latched on so easily and everything was going great. Of course the first few weeks and even months can be tricky, lots of sleepless nights, cracked nipples, tears and hair tugging. But once you get past the initial stage it is wonderful!

Everyone I know is surprised we are still breastfeeding, family, friends, doctors, midwives. Many checkups and I've been asked what formula milk she is on, well none. They just seem to have stopped asking me how nursing was going and assumed I was breastfeeding.

What I love about breastfeeding beyond a year:

- Just think of how much money I have saved these past 14 months!
- Not having to get up in the night whilst I'm half asleep, I can just dream feed.
- The additional benefits they are getting.
- Lost my baby weight straight away and not put any weight back on due to burning 500 calories a day.
- Being able to share my story and hopefully encourage other young mums to breastfeed.

Truths about breastfeeding a toddler:

- Be prepared for a wrestling match. If they want boob they will tug and pull at your clothes to get to it!
- It's the best comforter in the world. If your toddler falls over and hurts them self no matter how much you try and calm them down, the breast will work 100 times faster!
- I'm dreading when she can talk properly and ask for "booby" whilst tugging at my top haha!
- The breast is great for stopping a tantrum especially whilst out and about.
- They think it's funny to bite and laugh repeatedly when you scream!
- They help themselves a LOT! Be prepared to flash a few friends or strangers.
- Your boob doubles as a chew toy.

People ask me all the time "When are you going to stop" The answer is quite simple... "When Amelia wants too!" Of course I'm not going to be one of these mums who breastfeeds their three year old but I will continue to nurse her until she is ready to stop. Which will most likely be around 18-24 months. Also I just wanted to make it clear that I am not against mothers who don't breastfeed it's entirely the mothers choice and whats right for them and their baby. As long as your baby is being fed that's the main thing, I just don't get it why adults disagree on a perfectly normal thing!

How long are you planning on breastfeeding for or how long did you breastfeed your children?

To conclude with National breastfeeding Awareness Week you can read some of my other posts from the week:Breastfeeding Tips For New Mums and Too Shy To Breastfeed In Public.

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29 comments

  1. Brilliant! I am pregnant with my first, and I have been asking friends and family for advice on breastfeeding but I don't know one person that is so thank-you!
    xx

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  2. Congrats on breastfeeding and doing it for so long! I tried and desperately wanted to but could not produce enough milk. I tried special diets, vitamins, everything! I am hosting a bloghop today over at my site and would love for you to link up! http://ffflinkypals.blogspot.com/ Hope to see you there!

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  3. what a happy lovely piece. I couldn't imagine reaching 6 months, 6 months reached and now 12 month goal which now feels easy peasy. those first few weeks are so tough though!!!

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  4. Well done you, you should be super proud of yourself! X

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  5. Fabulous! I've been wanting to write my breastfeeding journey too. We made it to 18 months and then Sofia comfort nursed for about a month after that. I would have went longer, but my supply stopped due to me being pregnant again. But all in all, I did what I wanted to do, and that was to have Sofia self-wean. I hope I can do the same with baby #2! Breastfeeding is such an amazing experience. Good luck!

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  6. well done you! i plan to self wean

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  7. fab :) I breastfed my daughter for 19 months, we're currently 18 months with no sing of stopping with my son.... we'll stop when we are both ready hopefully

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  8. There's some interesting research by Kathy Dettwyler about the natural age of weaning here: http://www.kathydettwyler.org/detwean.html

    You might find you change your mind about how odd you think nursing a three year old is by the time you get there!

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  9. Well done on coming so far! I like the idea of self-weaning.

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  10. well done you! i also set 6 monthly goals we continue to nurse at 15 months!

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  11. That's so amazing that your still going, well done, I would love to have done that with my first daughter! Am due my second in a few weeks and would love to breastfeed for as long as possible!xx


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  12. My current goal is 12 months but I don't think we will be stopping then

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  13. I never want to give up! been feeding for 3 months now and still loving it :)

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  14. I'm hoping to wait until baby self weans

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  15. I'm planning to let her self-wean, whenever that is!

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  16. I still breastfeed my soon to be 15 month old as well. I love doing it and I'm glad I'm not the only one. Too bad I'm in the US and you are in England.

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  17. both my boys nursed until 2 1/2!

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  18. I wish I'd managed to breastfeed past three weeks. Next time I'm aiming for a year though!

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  19. I just don't get why people think it is so odd to carry on feeding past one when the WHO recommend doing it until they're two! x

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  20. I've been feeding my daughter for 22 months and would like to continue until she's ready to stop. Realistically though, I will have to restrict her feeds somewhat when baby 2 is born in November because of my IGT.

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  21. I breastfed my daughter for 14 months. She self weaned with my help. I now have a 2 month old son and will let him stop when he's ready. I wish i had done that with my daughter but I was kind of done too and wanted my body back. He will most likely be my last baby so I want to enjoy him.

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  22. I breastfed my first until he self weaned at around 14 months. My LO is now 15 months, and shows no signs of stopping! :)

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  23. That is fantastic, well done! It is so nice to see a young mum breast feeding and encouraging others. Personally I gave up at 4 months but I try not to beat myself up too much a least it was 4 months of pure goodness for him :)

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  24. I think it's fantastic that you kept breastfeeding that long! I think I will try for as long as possible to be perfectly honest!

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  25. It was great to read this, so funny! I'm breastfeeding my 13 month old with no signs of stopping soon. Its so hard when I'm doing night feeds still but its beautiful and I feel like I have to keep it a secret now as people find it strange.

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  26. you are an inspiration, im currently breastfeeding my 4 month old son and loving every minute, its such a special time and i hope i can do it for a year

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