Let’s Talk About “Extended Breastfeeding”

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…or not.  Warning: if this is a sensitive subject to you or you just don’t care, come back tomorrow for more on “those bars.”  I have talked about breastfeeding a bit on the blog before but have kind of curtailed the discussion since we started “extended breastfeeding” (beyond a year old).  I have had an interesting relationship with b-feeding for the past 17 months.  I have had, at this point, FOUR bouts with mastitis including the most recent this past week, a mere three months after the last, but have overall LOVED it and have been unwilling to quit. Plus, my son is, and has always been, a “boob man.”

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Ha.  Men.  So anyway, I have shied away from talking about breastfeeding lately, even though there is much to share, because I have received a lot of “kick back” from people for continuing on with it.  Common arguments are: “He will sleep through the night if you stop,” “he is too old and shouldn’t be able to ask for it (he calls it Bee),” and “it is causing you to get sick all the time so stop.”  It makes me kind of upset when people are so seemingly against it, especially people who are close to me and whose opinions I generally consider.  To me, I feel like whatever works for a mom and a child, be it breastfeeding, sleep, eating, etc., so be it.  Only a parent knows what works for them.  OK so moving on, I am getting over another mastitis; the last one was a short three months ago.  Bummer.  This one, at least, isn’t as bad as the last but nonetheless painful and frustrating.  So I finally had a highly esteemed lactation consultant come over, because a. I am not planning on weaning right now and b.  even if I was I do not want the same thing to happen with future babies.  Something obviously isn’t right. Here are some of the thoughts she had:

1.  The anatomy of that “side” is contributing to it; something dunno what, but when you get mastitis on on one side it becomes more prone to it in the future.  Awesome.

2.  It tends to happen when I get run down (running a lot, getting a cold, not getting a lot of sleep, etc.); take better care of myself and pop a lot of vitamin c, and possibly soy lecithin

3.  Go to a dermatologist to have it looked at- Update, my derm won’t look at it, so I am going back to a specialist. I will update 🙂

ANYYYYYWAYYYY…that is my thing with extended breastfeeding.  Glad I got that” off my chest” 😉 LOL.

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4 thoughts on “Let’s Talk About “Extended Breastfeeding”

  1. Cute pictures 🙂 When people would give their unsolicited advice about how long I was breastfeeding, I would tell them the WHO even recommends nursing for the first two years (and beyond). There is nothing but positive effects (both mom and baby) from continued nursing. The only negative is the comments you receive from others!

  2. I really dislike it when people have to give your their two cents about everything in life because yes that worked for them, but this is your household… anyways – I second the WHO supports nursing to two years. I also firmly believe your kid will sleep through the night when he/she wants too, it has nothing to do about the milk. I have known a lot of infants (not mine included unfortunately) that have slept very early on with a good continued breast feeding relationship. I also very very strongly feel that breast milk is the best nutrition for our babies. I’m not against dairy for those who want to, but seriously our boob milk is awesome! I always hope people are able to breast feed for the length that they want to and sometimes they just physically can’t and that is okay.

    We are going on 15 months strong of nursing and just like yours, I don’t think he will stop anytime soon and not that I want to either. Anyways, I didn’t mean to rant on like that!

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