This month marks my 22nd month of nursing Max. First as a chunky little baby and now as a rough and tumble almost 2 year old. It’s been quite the road and it seems I never know what’s coming next. But I love it. And I didn’t really know if I would. That’s the thing about mothering … you can imagine all you want, but until you’re in the thick of it, there is really no understanding.
With that, I thought it would be fun to share some reasons to breastfeed your toddler – factual, a little humorous and everything in between.
14 Reasons to Breastfeed Your Toddler
- It’s normal.
- It’s good for mom.
- Because they just may want to. And that’s ok.
- Because you just may want to. And that’s reason enough too.
- It’s nutritious. Yes, even after a year. Breast milk is a valuable source of protein, fat, calcium and vitamins.
- It’s a quick fix. Call me lazy, but nothing soothes Max’s owies or fears like mama milk.
- It’s sweet. You think eye contact and coos of a nursing infant is adorable? Imagine seeing your toddler’s excitement over the idea while climbing into your lap and snuggling up for their most favorite treat. Yep, super sweet.
- Breastfeeding is easy “exercise”. Breastfeeding in my favorite way to burn an extra 400-500 calories each day.
- They’ll wean when they’re ready. And yes, that means they won’t go away to college still attached the mama’s milk – 18 months, 22 months, 31 months, 40 months … it’s nothing to sweat about.
- They can verbalize what they want. For example, Max simply calls breastfeeding “milk”. He is often heard saying “more milk” or “one more milk” … sometimes “two more milk” :)
- They can show appreciation. Max says “thank you” to me/his milk or sometimes “bye-bye” when he’s done. He’ll even answer what milk tastes like as a sign of appreciation … currently his response is “yummy” or roaring like a dinosaur. Because I guess milk makes him feel like a hungry, but happy dino?
- They understand being gentle and in our case, that has eliminated any fear of biting.
- We avoid dehydration. Illness strikes and dehydration is always a worry. Except for breastfed little ones often want one thing when they don’t feel good … mama milk.
- It’s easy. Well, at least easier than it used to be. Max can easily latch. He can nurse in practically any position. We have a great supply and demand relationship which means no plugged ducts or mastitis worries.