Wife, Mummy, Nurse: Tips and Tricks to Breastfeeding a Toddler {Breastfeeding Blog Hop}

12 January 2012

Tips and Tricks to Breastfeeding a Toddler {Breastfeeding Blog Hop}

My first tip is to enjoy it.  My daughter is VERY active and the one of the only times I can hold her for 5-10 minutes is when I'm breastfeeding her.  I still enjoy {most of the time} looking at her eyes, hands, feet, etc. when I'm nursing.  I'm trying to savor it.  I often think of the last stanza of Ruth Hulbert Hamilton's poem, that teaches you to sit down and enjoy the present with your children.
The cleaning and scrubbing can wait till tomorrowBut children grow up as I've learned to my sorrow.So quiet down cobwebs; Dust go to sleep!I'm rocking {nursing} my baby and babies don't keep.
Secondly, when biting happens {like it did this morning-OUCH}, do not pull away!  Our instinct is to pull away.  Instead, try bringing your toddler closer to your breast.  It might seem like you're smothering her, but don't worry you aren't.  If that doesn't work, unlatch your baby/toddler and try again.

Long ago, I threw aside my nursing cover.  I used it frequently the first few months after Charis was born, but no longer use it.  There came a point that I realized I was making more of a scene nursing her with a cover because she would flail around.  Now, most people walk by without realizing I'm breastfeeding my daughter.  

Ultimately these are just tips that work for Charis and me; they may not work for you.  Do what works for you and your child.

Do you have any tips or tricks when it comes 
to breastfeeding your toddler?
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  1. thanks for the tips! and thanks for linking up with this week's blog hop!

  2. Thanks for the tips! It's good to be reminded to just enjoy it! I never used a cover with my son. He HATED it from the get go and I felt silly with it. I used it once and then sold it on craigslist.

    I just realized I'm on your sidebar! Thanks friend! :)

  3. For both my kids, when they became toddlers, we moved our nursing sessions to quiet non-stimulating environments. Luckily, I never had biting. It took one time with each of them and me jumping was enough to scare them into never doing it again. I miss it but I also don't. I went 18-19 months with my son and almost 2 years with my daughter. I'm glad I did it and enjoyed it but now I'm glad to finally have my body back after almost 5 years of being pregnant, breastfeeding, or both.

    Love these little postings. Please keep them coming.