Now? She's mere months away from her second birthday and she shows no signs of wanting to stop nursing. I almost feel like she nurses as much if not more than she did at one. (She is in fact right now asking for 'na' and even saying please while she does it.)
I love that she's gone this long and that she still depends on me. I love snuggling with her and watching her be silly while she's latched on. We have this game where I make her giggle and she tries to laugh and not unlatch and she is flat out adorable.
*pausing for nursing break as she fell down*
Where was I? Oh yes. The World Health Organization issued a statement in January 2011 that "recommends mothers worldwide to exclusively breastfeed infants for the child's first six months to achieve optimal growth, development and health. Thereafter, they should be given nutritious complementary foods and continue breastfeeding up to the age of two years or beyond."
The American Academy of Pediatrics in February 2012 reaffirmed it's recommendation of "exclusive breastfeeding for about 6 months, followed by continued breastfeeding as complementary foods are introduced, with continuation of breastfeeding for 1 year or longer as mutually desired by mother and infant".
I told myself in the beginning that I would nurse Harper until she was ready to stop. I said the same thing about Jamie and he stopped on his own when I got pregnant with Harper when he was about 16 months old. Harper is at 21 months and has no interest in stopping any time soon.
"As mutually desired by mother and infant"
What does this even mean? If I don't want to anymore I should just make her suffer through weaning? That seems horribly unfair to her. Sitting here typing, I told her no when she asked to nurse. She started crying and saying "pweeeese" in this sad little voice. How can I do this to her? I don't know if my heart can take it.
|Sad face because Mama said no|
She's not ready and just thinking about stopping makes me feel incredibly selfish. Part of me doesn't want to stop but another part of me just wants my body back. Some days I'm just done with little people being all over me and Harper feels a real sense of ownership to her "na" and isn't afraid to just help herself. (We are working on her...ahem..."table" manners.)
My goal was always 'self weaning' but it would appear that Harper has her own ideas.
|Happy face because Mama said yes|
I'm not sure what I am going to do yet. I want to do what's best for Harper but take care of myself too. Please feel free to offer advice in the comments and thanks for letting me vent.
P.S. Usual disclaimer: Please don't take my words in any way as a judgment of formula feeding moms because I was one at one time. You do what's best for you and your baby. Thanks!