Here we are, nursing beyond the age of two. We made it past the two-year mark! His birthday just kind of snuck up on us. Moms with more than one kid know what I am talking about! LOL! But here is the God honest truth, I have no idea on when he will be fully weaned. As I have written in a previous blog post found here, our son is not on a nursing timeline. Nursing him has been rewarding, a headache, a pleasure, a blessing, challenging, calming,convenient and oh so much more.
Deciding to Nurse Beyond 2 Years
This decision has basically made itself because I am away from our sweet boy for over 12 hours. I feel deep down that the nursing has enabled us to bond and reconnect after being away for sometime. As soon as I pick him up from daycare, he runs to me wearing a big grin and says, “Mommy!” The second I pick this little guy up, he asks for “meal”. I oblige and proceed to nurse him in our van. I enjoy the closeness and the peaceful state he and I both share.
When Will I Wean Him
I get asked this question quite often but I honestly cannot answer that question. I am just going with the flow so to speak. If someone would have told me that I would nurse beyond the age of two, I would have been in disbelief. Breastfeeding beyond the age of one was the plan during my pregnancy. But after I heard the many benefits of extended nursing, I decided to give it a try.
The Benefits of Extended Breastfeeding
My favorite go-to resource for all things breastfeeding/nursing is hands down KellyMom
This article from Kelly Mom lists the breastfeeding benefits for oddlers and young children. These benefits are
nutritional, immunological and psychological. There are other online valuable resources for moms deciding to nurse beyond the 12 months. You can find topics of extended breastfeeding on La Leche League, the Mayo Clinic, Dr. Sears and many others.
Maybe you stumbled across this post in hopes to find another mom who chose to nurse beyond the age of one. Perhaps you are expecting your sweet baby and you are performing all of our research to prepare for what lies ahead. Wherever you find yourself, I hope this post was beneficial to you.
I would love to hear about any other moms who are on this journey or have nursed their babies beyond 12 months, comment below!