There is always so much controversy over this and I get a good amount of it from my family. My daughter is going to be two years old next month. Hard to believe. Where has the time gone. Breastfeeding is such a huge issue for some people and frankly I just don’t understand it.
Two weeks ago I was at my sister’s house for my nephews birthday and needed to nurse my daughter. We were just hanging out in the kitchen – kids were playing in another room – so I started nursing my daughter and wouldn’t you know it my younger sister who has two kids of her own, became really uncomfortable while I was nursing my kid. This is the same sister that was in the delivery room while I gave birth, the same sister that was holding my leg and cheering me on to push, the same sister that saw me push my almost 9lb baby out of my va-jay-jay.
I don’t know how that makes sense. We are family. She’s ok seeing me give birth but not breastfeed- seriously? She even grabbed a towel for me to cover up. First of all when I am nursing I do not whip out my boob and show everyone my nipples like the town flasher. I cover myself as much as possible but for the love of G*d my boob is in my baby’s mouth, how much do you really see? I have no problem nursing my child in public and I did not get up to go to another room. I told her if she felt uncomfortable she can go somewhere else. It was rather comical because she got up and kept walking around the kitchen trying not to look at me. She mentioned how her friend nurses her baby in front of her and its hard for her not to stare. I say stare away. It’s a beautiful thing. I love the special bonding I have with my baby girl when we nurse. It is a special time for us and I will be sad when it is over.
My older sister of course needed to add her two cents where she shouldn’t but of course that is what she does best. Here are my two sisters judging me about still breastfeeding my daughter at this age yet she thinks nothing of her four year old still using a pacifier. if that were my daughter she would be criticizing me for doing it. I was really angry at both of them. I told them they should be applauding me for still being able to nurse at this age but this isn’t anything new – I’ve heard it before.
My husband is also a bit uncomfortable with me still nursing our daughter. He always jokes about her being in high school and me still nursing. I’ve come to the point where I just ignore him and Buggy does the same. When he sees that she wants to nurse he tells her no ba-ba. Generally she cries and then he tells her she can have it - as if I was gonna hold back - but she is smarter now. When daddy is home and she wants to nurse she will take my hand and bring me upstairs to her room. We sit in the rocker and we can both nurse in peace - LOL! I don’t care what he or any one else thinks. You know what, these are my boobs and if I want to continue to breastfeed my child I will do it. If you are uncomfortable then turn your ass around and get out of my face!
To be honest, I never intended to breastfeed for this long. She weaned herself off the bottle at 8 months and I was hoping she would do the same with the boobie but she loves her ba-ba. She sometimes walks around saying ba-ba and doing the sign for it, almost as if rubbing it in daddy's face-lol! The cutoff was about a year and a half but Buggy has not shown any interest in stopping so I keep telling myself I’ll give it til she’s two. So we’ll see what happens-maybe two-ish –LOL!
To all you Mama’s out there still breastfeeding, we applaud you!