When I first started breastfeeding my daughter, my goal was to stick with it for a year. Then I had a super difficult time with it and the goal changed to 6 months. But, then somehow the clouds lifted and Fern and I finally figured it out four months in. Still, I never thought I’d be into extended breastfeeding.
If I’m completely honest about it, breastfeeding always kind of weirded me out a little. I knew I would do it because of the benefits of the health benefits, but I was never one of those women who was super excited about it and I always thought it was awkward when I saw someone nursing a toddler and I was certain I would never join their ranks.
But, if there’s one thing I’ve learned about being a parent, it is “never say never”. So here we are, nearly 15 months later, and Fern is still nursing. I don’t nurse her very often anymore – usually only in the mornings while we snuggle in bed and when I rock her to sleep at bed time. I haven’t really nursed much in public now that she’s bigger, but there have been a couple of times. There have also been a couple of times that people have commented in surprise about this fact: “Wow! You’re still breastfeeding?!”.
To that I say, “Yep. Here’s why…”
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