Fuzz is sixteen months now. Back when he was eleven months, he was nursing more often than he did when he was a newborn- although for shorter periods of time. His exuberance for nursing this frequently lasted a few months until I finally had to at least stop the nighttime nursing around fourteen months. The sleep deprivation was getting to me, and I was pretty worn out.
We’ve had a couple of other hurdles; there was a pretty intense period of biting that has hopefully been curbed. Now we’re down to around five times a day, for short periods of time (like 2 minutes at a stretch). Sometimes it’s more. Even though it hasn’t been so easy, I still love doing it, and I’m not ready to stop just yet.
There are tons of reasons to continue nursing through the second year of life. I probably won’t last the whole year, but it’s nice to know that any time I give him will be beneficial for both of us. Here’s a list of 7 reasons why I’m still breastfeeding coupled with some beautiful photos of moms nursing toddlers.
Nursing mother station: Flickr/Wha’ppn
birthday necklace latte: Flickr/various brennemans
Drunk dialing: Flickr/moppet6553
Unplanned Toddler Nurse-in: Flickr/Rachel Coleman Finch
Congo: A mother’s Comfort: Flickr/babasteve
Pudge Drinking: Flickr/viralbus