In the United States, most expect moms to stop breastfeeding as soon as their baby turns one. Last November, I thought Charis was in the process of weaning; she was only nursing 2-3 times per day, but then she got sick. She would vomit EVERY SINGLE TIME she ate. The ONLY thing she was able to keep down was breastmilk, so I decided to put in Peter Rabbit on my lap top, snuggle with Charis, and nurse her every 3 hours. After this, she became interested in the 24 hour milk buffet again. I was not impressed at the time, but now I'm thankful she's still nursing, even at 22 1/2 months. What are these reasons?
- Continued health benefits. The benefits of breastfeeding continue after a child is 1.
- Comfort for her. It's easy to comfort my daughter if she injures herself. She comes over to me, climbs up on my lap, nurses, and calms down.
- Closeness. I'm still her mum and am willing to breastfeed. She still wants it. My motto with Charis and breastfeeding is, "Don't offer. Don't refuse." If she asks for "milkies", I give it to her, maybe not right away, for example if I'm driving.
- Knowing that if she should get sick, I can nurse her.