I got all warm and fuzzy inside when I read about Sophie Grégoire Trudeau running late for an interview because she was nursing her two-year-old. I know not everyone gets to have the opportunity to nurse their toddler, but if you do, you know it can be one of the sweetest times of toddler-hood. Breastfeeding a toddler looks different for every mom and tot, and it’s a world of difference from breastfeeding an infant!
Here are my own top 6 reasons why I love breastfeeding my toddler:
- Breastfeeding at this age is actually a pretty flexible thing. I can leave my toddler with someone else for several hours – even overnight – and he doesn’t need to be breastfed in order to survive or fall asleep. With toddlers you can set limits and boundaries so you can continue nursing in a way that works for you.
- Nursing usually doesn’t take long at this age and it’s how we start the day and end the day; just the two of us snuggling. It can be a nice way to reconnect after a long day of work and childcare. It’s a special time of day for the both of us and it forces me to stop and look at my little one and remember just how little he still is.
- Breast milk fascinates me as it changes as a baby grows from newborn, to older baby, to toddler and even changes when your child is sick! The nutritional (and many other) benefits continue for as long as you are nursing.
- I love that the immune benefits of breast milk never stop no matter how long you breastfeed. With my little one in childcare full-time, I feel he needs all the immune-boosters he can get (in addition to vaccinations). When my tot does get sick, I offer to nurse more often if I’m able to. It feels good to know there is a comfort and benefit I can offer him when he’s not well.
- Nursing is a source of comfort for toddlers, especially if they are hurt, sick or scared. I’ve been in the emergency department with my toddler and nursing for comfort helped to calm both of us down!
- Because it works for me. Nursing a toddler is a personal choice and is something I have found works well for both my tot and I.
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