18 months, 4 days.
That is how long Edith has been breastfeeding. I honestly still can’t believe it’s been over a year. When they say a year goes by fast it’s so true. I have so much to write about our breastfeeding journey that it’s overwhelming and I sometimes don’t know where to start so lets talk a bit about the now and the future.
I find I get a mixed bag of reactions when I tell people that Edith and I are still nursing. Some people congratulate, some are surprised and others get defensive. While I appreciate the congratulations by well meaning people I also think that it isn’t necessary. I am just don’t something that is natural and a normal thing for a mother to do. When it comes to people being surprised I find it comes two ways either they are surprised that I am at all or they are surprised when I tell them that we still nurse 3-4x/day. As for people getting defensive it is usually other mothers and it seems to stem from their choice not to breastfeed as long as I have and honestly each and every breastfeeding relationship is different and I have no judgement towards those who want to breast feed two days or two years (and beyond).
Edith and I have not had the most easy breastfeeding relationship, we really have had our ups and downs but I am glad that we have been able to go as long as we have. Edith latched quickly but my milk supply has been an issue which left us nursing every 1.5-2 hours (around 10x per day) for the first 6 months. Let me tell you that was a challenge. The only time I got a break was at night when Edith would sleep for 4-5 hour stretches. Once solids were introduced nursing slowed down a bit but from 6-15 months we easily were still nursing 6-8x per day/night. I am not sure what happened but somewhere around 16 months Edith dropped down to 3-4x per (normal) day and no night nursing and that is where we are today.
I actually started writing this post awhile ago and since I started it I have found out that we are expecting baby #2 and so here I am with baby #2 on the way and I’m still nursing Edith. Now the big question I get is do you plan to tandem nurse? Honestly I am not planning not to but who knows where Edith and I will be in our breastfeeding journey in six months. As I have come to learn things can change quickly with babies/toddlers and there is no way to predict the future so I just go with the flow.
Share something from your nursing journey.
Have you ever tandem nursed or do you plan to?