It is in this first sentence that I must warn you, gentle reader, that I will be blogging today about a topic that is either umimportant or fascinating to you depending on whether or not you are a mother. Quit reading …. here …. if you are uninterested.
I used to get the question all the time, “so, how long are you going to nurse?” My pat answer was usually, “at least until a year and then as long as I feel like it.” The problem is, now that my son is one year old I sometimes don’t feel like it. I’ve been mulling this over for a few days, do I stop even though he is clearly not ready to stop?
I am well aware that I have offically entered the stage called “extended breastfeeding”. Even though most people don’t even realize that we are still breastfeeding because we almost never nurse in public (Eli is too distracted) it does sometimes come up. The research that I have done clearly states that there are many, many advantages to nursing up to two years of age. In fact, I can’t even think of one single reason to stop. It even costs less – actually, it’s free.
Even though breastfeeding is sometimes inconvenient for me, the alternative is more inconvenient. It costs more, makes me wash more dirty sippy cups, and my child gets sick more often. Maybe in my perfect world I wouldn’t be nursing anymore … maybe it’s OK to admit that. But the fact is that my toddler is only a toddler once, and if I spend one more year breastfeeding it won’t be the end of the world. Actually, parenting cramps my style a little, but that’s OK, because it’s not all about me.