KBBF2013 – Breastfeeding Beyond A Year

I haven’t yet had the privilege of breastfeeding beyond a year. My views on the topic are quite mixed really. I want to let P2 wean off of me in her own time, I hate the thought of her being unhappy and needing me, but for me to refuse her my boob. But at the same time I can’t quite imagine feeding a toddler. We’ll see.

 

The main support I’ve had from my breastfeeding journey so far was from my wonderful Mother In Law. I’ve asked her to write about her breastfeeding journey as she did breastfeeding beyond a year.

 

“I’m a 46 year old mother of 2 gorgeous sons. One is 23 years old and one is 2 years 8 months… Yes, you read that correctly!  I breastfed my first son for 6 months (as I had to return to work for 3 months to fulfill a contract) and my second son I fed for 20 months.

Whilst pregnant at 44 (being an older mother) I remember a doctor telling me I have to remember my body fell pregnant naturally and was happy to have this baby.  How right he was, as my body proved this by providing me with enough milk to feed my second son for 20 months. It was me who decided to stop because my breast was becoming a comforter. I am very FOR breast feeding as I truly believe it was because of my milk that neither of my sons suffered with illness as a baby, if a cold or virus came along it was very mild.  

The feelings you get when feeding are hard to put into words, the way you feel about the most precious gift you will ever get in life. Sitting in a darkened room with your baby suckling is a moment only you and your baby will share. It’s emotional, I used to shed a few tears because you feel like your heart could burst because you love this little person so much and want to protect and care for them.  For me it brought back the same feelings I’d experienced 23 years earlier.  I’m privileged to say our bond is beyond words, my older son has been and always will be my rock. Is this because of breast feeding? Who knows but it had to start somewhere.

I loved breast feeding. I never worried about feeding in public, it’s not like you’re getting your breasts out for all to see. I remember feeding my first born with a shawl round me and I attracted more attention because of the shawl. I did use nursing rooms when available. I expressed milk as well. Some women are unable to breastfeed for numerous reasons and I feel very lucky that I was able to breastfeed both my sons.”

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8 comments

  1. I have been feeding my daughter for 22 months and intend to continue as long as she needs to.

  2. I breastfed my daughter for 26 months. I had intended to let her self-wean, but I fell pregnant with my son and after a few months it became too painful for me. I hope to let him self-wean and expect that will be at least two years.

  3. I breastfed my daughter for 19 moths, and still going strong at 19 moths with my son, we’ll hopefully stop when we are both ready

  4. What a great story from your mother in law, it must be wonderful to have her support. Mine has been great too. I intend to let my daughter self-wean, we’ll see when that happens!

  5. I fed my son for 4 months, I feel I was bullied into stopping and its one of my biggest parenting regrets. Im pregnant again and much stronger and going to stand my ground this time.

  6. I’ve been feeding my daughter for 3 months now and i don’t want to give up 🙂

  7. There’s some interesting research by Kathy Dettwyler about the natural age of weaning here:

  8. Lovely to hear your MIL’s positive experience. I intend to bf my boys until they want to stop. My toddler is still feeding at 2.5 years, and my baby is 8 months.

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