‘Still feeding’ #WorldBreastfeedingWeek

Yes, we are “still” breastfeeding. Although why people ask like that I’ve no idea really. The WHO advises breastfeeding till two if it suits mum and child. Arlo is 16 months old and shows no signs of stopping whatsoever. He’s never had a nursing strike and would feed all day every day if he could. He certainly attempts to feed all night as it is.

I’m not going to pretend I’m all crunchy earth mother about it and love feeding him, gazing at his little face as he guzzlers away. Far from it in fact. I would LOVE to sleep all night without having to a) swap sides every hour when he wakes up pawing at my chest because he’s drained one boob and b) sleep with a duvet keeping me warm, Arlo refuses to sleep with anything covering his legs at all so the duvet is all Sam’s for the moment. I often ‘accidentally’ elbow him during the night all wrapped up in the duvet like a burrito.

There are days when I just don’t want to to feed him. I’m so annoyed at him constantly pawing at my top, yanking down the collar and scratching at my chest to give him access. Days when I am just tired beyond belief and all I want is to curl up without his sweaty little body curled against me. But I’m fairly sure that’s normal.  For 16 months I’ve been at his beck and call, I can count on two hands the number of evenings I’ve spent away from him since he was born and the longest he’s ever slept is for a solid four hours, at five months old. It’s normal to want my boobs to stay inside a T shirt, it’s normal to want me time. But these days won’t last forever I know, one day in the not too distant future he won’t need me to feed him to sleep anymore. He won’t need me to comfort him through teething and bumps and falls.

So for now we are ‘still breastfeeding’ and show no signs of stopping.

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8 Comments

  1. 3rd August 2016 / 4:46 pm

    We’re also ‘STILL’ breastfeeding. Totally feel you on the me time thing. I feel like a dairy cow at times. Can’t see lu stopping the night feeds for months to be honest. There’s been no real reduction at all so far.

  2. 4th August 2016 / 8:30 am

    I think breastfeeding at any stage comes with bouts of frustration for various reasons. You’ve done so well to continue to 16 months! Well done. And if I had the magic to get kids to sleep better at night, I’d totally let you in on the secret xx

  3. Sarah J
    12th August 2016 / 9:18 pm

    I remember with my first that feeding between 14 and 18 months was very hard going and i stopped feeding on demand at 18 months because I was so tapped out. It can be so tough going.

  4. Rosie M. Jordan
    19th August 2016 / 10:34 am

    I agree. Breastfeeding is good for our kids. I breastfeeded my daughter for 26 months. I will continue breastfeeding my 2nd baby. It’s my happiness.

  5. 25th August 2016 / 1:15 pm

    breastfeeding is very good for babies. i’m breastfeeding my sons till they’re 36 months and they are growing very healthy now… lovely picture 🙂

  6. Susan Watson @ Baby Gear
    31st August 2016 / 9:12 am

    It is said that breastfeeding is the best for babies. When I breastfeed my babies, it feel like we’re having a connection. It’s hard to express this feeling.

  7. 3rd October 2016 / 5:10 pm

    For me breastfeeding is one of the best symbol for mom and kids connection. That is also a both memorable and complex stage. You’re doing a great job for 16 months. Keep going on and watch how your little angle grows 🙂

  8. 3rd August 2017 / 8:04 pm

    WEll done on still feeding. We are 9 months in and I’m worried it will stop soon. Which some days i wouldn’t mind but i do miss feeding the days she will go 9-4 , she makes up i the night though

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