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Breastfeeding a Toddler

By Mummysspace @mmeeee
I have now been breastfeeding Ben for over twenty seven months and he is showing very little signs of giving up. I was hoping that he would self-wean and had set a deadline of two years in my mind but it is not exactly going to plan. I was lucky with Ben in that he took to breastfeeding straight away and it has never been hard or difficult really but it has come to a point now where I am thinking will he ever stop? I have nightmarish visions of Little Britain and the whole 'bitty' scenario.
When Ben was little I didn't think twice about breastfeeding in public and quite happily obliged my baby's demands as and when they happened. Now Ben is a toddler I have to admit I feel considerably less comfortable about it all. His demands are a lot more vocal and physical, even verging on aggressive with him often just grabbing at and trying to whip my boob out in public whilst shouting "booby time now Mama". As a result there have been more than a few embarrassing moments. Breastfeeding a toddler isn't easy, there is a lot of pinching, tugging and pulling and sometimes I feel like I have gone ten rounds with Tyson as he thrashes about from one boob to the other. I do however still value the bond I have with him that breastfeeding brings, it is a very special thing which is why I was, and still am, really hoping weaning will be baby (or should I say toddler) led.
So today in an effort to reduce Ben's feeds we are trying something out, when he asks to feed I give him a very special Mickey Mouse cup with a twirly straw instead and I am happy to say it has worked so far. It is a start, even if I can get him to use it during the day for now I will be happy as I know a lot of the reason he wants to nurse at night has to do with comfort above all else. So wish us luck and if you have any advice I would love to hear from you.
Breastfeeding a Toddler

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