Tuesday, August 9, 2011
The Nursing Toddler
Marlee is 2 years old, 26 months to be exact and I still nurse. I've gotta be honest and say I didnt plan on nursing this long, infact I'm kinda ready to be done, at least in the middle of the night I am - me done, not Marlee - shes pretty happy with our current arrangement and gets upset when I tell her "no baba".
I get the looks, comments and jokes about nursing a toddler. Even my dentist told me to stop due to tooth decay? I disagree and so does my good friend KELLYMOM.
I dont nurse in public, Marlee is old enough to wait until we get home or some place private. She does drink from a cup and eats a healthy diet.
She just loves her nursing time with mommy.
I've tried to wean several times - using lemon juice, band aids, saying no, finding another activity, and so on. My baby girl just isnt ready! So do I force her because society says so? Or do I wait until MY child is ready to wean? It breaks my heart when she is crying for me to comfort her that way.
Maybe she is holding on to our little alone time in this big, busy family.
Marlee, what do you think about weaning????
Nursing toddlers benefit NUTRITIONALLY
Nursing toddlers are SICK LESS OFTEN
Nursing toddlers have FEWER ALLERGIES
Nursing toddlers are SMART
Nursing toddlers are WELL ADJUSTED SOCIALLY
Nursing a toddler is NORMAL
MOTHERS also benefit from nursing past infancy
So how long do I plan on nursing? Marlee and I will let you know!