What better time for this post?
I have been wanting to write about a secret life I live: one that only a handful of people know about, one I keep secret, and one that I feel embarrassed about even though I know it is perfectly human, normal and deep down I feel it is right.
BLAINE IS STILL BREASTFEEDING.
Some days I am overrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr it. Some days I am not. One thing is for sure: he is not over it. I tell him he is getting big and that big boys don't need it. He says he needs it and it is yummy. "I want boobies when I'm old". Oh boy, gotta laugh out of that! He will cry if you say "no". Saying "no" to a kid who is doing something bad I can do but saying "no" to a kid who only wants his mommy's comfort is impossible. I don't weaning to be 100% my decision and a decision that causes him tears.
I have read that if weaning is 100% child-led, it happens between 2.5 and 5 years. So it is perfectly average what we are doing. Even though it seems that 100% of society feels 3 is waaaay too old to be nursing. To the point that I often try to keep it a secret. I like reading blogs about other kids who are extended nursing but know I could never nurse through a pregnancy / do tandem nursing. That will be my cutoff for good if / when I get pregnant again [trying October 2014]. Maybe just maybe he will wean himself before then!
I definitely believe the benefits Blaine gets from nursing are still continuing but more importantly, the chances of breast cancer decrease 4% with each year of nursing. Considering I feel I have a 100% chance of breast cancer, I need to go quite a few more years. ;)
I still don't consider myself a hippie mom!