|Attached to a feed.....me, not them?
||[Sep. 24th, 2011|07:28 pm]
Nursing past 12 months
A question for the extended/post 2 year old breastfeeders...|
For the record, nurslings are nearly 3 (in Jan) ID twin girls.
Okay, so milk is no longer for nutrition is the same way it was at 6 months, but it's still important right? I know I don't always have huge amounts anymore, but its enough to keep the girls satisfied and for nursing not to hurt, so I'm not fussed.
At the moment they nurse twice a day, once in the morning and once before bed. The bedtime one they are very attached to, because its a firm part of the routine and they look forward to "milk in jammies." I've realised though, in the past week, that they aren't as attached to the morning milk. A few times this week they climbed into bed and snuggled with me and didn't ask for milk. In fact, they only seem to ask for milk if they have woken up earlier then they would have liked and can't get back to sleep or I'm not wearing a top and well, see and want. More and more though (thank GOD) they are sleeping through from 7 to nearly 7 (6:45/7) I'm pretty convinced that if the boobs aren't right there (e.g I'm wearing a top) that they would skip that morning session with no problems. So, on to my worries:
a) What if they drop this feed, and then suddenly sleeping goes wonky again (as it does with todders/young children) and they want it back? Will I get the milk back? Will it begin to hurt?
b) Do they still need that milk? I have no intentions of supplementing with formula/cows milk and I never have. They don't actually like cows milk anyway.
c) Is it odd that I'm sorta attached to that nursing session. If they do nurse, I get an extra bit of time lying in bed. Sometimes I can convince them to snuggle for a bit, but usually its up for a drink (since they are thirsty) and breakfast.
I know part of this is tied up with the fact that I am both looking forward to and dreading the end of my nursing relationship with my children. They will probably be my only babies, and I want to hold onto every precious moment of their childhood.
Thanks for listening.