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Last week we hit the 9 month mark of breastfeeding! There were times in the beginning I did not think that was going to be an option at all. It was definitely a struggle during that time, but I’m so glad that we toughed it out and sought help to make sure we were successful.
I’ve been asked “how long are you going to nurse him?” and my response is “no idea”. I honestly hope that he self-weans somewhere around a year, but if not, that’s okay by me. He really only nurses about 6 or so times a day at this point and if he wants to nurse before bed after he hits that magic year mark that everyone seems to think is the end, that’s okay.
I love that when he falls down or gets upset, I can instantly make everything all better. Some people say that it’s just “nursing for comfort” as though that makes it any less important than “nursing for food”. Who cares? If he wants to nurse and I have the ability to make his entire world better in a second, why not? How is that any different than a hug, kiss, or rocking a crying baby? It’s not.
Our babies are only babies for such a short amount of time. My house is a mess and I don’t shower every day, but my kids are happy and healthy. In another couple of months, my little nursling isn’t going to want to cuddle and snuggle with Mommy anymore. Well, he might, but probably only if he’s nursing. I know that once they start going, they don’t stop to snuggle too much.
At this point in our nursing journey, we don’t need too much. Bravado Bras have made it a possible for me to feel stylish, sexy, and comfortable, all while having easy access to the goods. I have an Itzy Ritzy Nursing Happens Infinity Scarf and some Evenflo disposable nursing pads in the diaper bag in case I need them while we’re out. At home, I use Bamboobies reusable nursing pads and a big comfy blanket to prop my boy up. If we’re in bed, I still use the Boppy.
After looking for pictures to share, I realized that I don’t take very many. I’m going to try to take more of us nursing. I have what seems like tons of pictures with Charlie and a bottle of my pumped milk, but not so many of Owen and I nursing. In my eyes, it’s still a baby eating, and there’s nothing wrong with capturing that.
This time has gone by so quickly and I do get sad knowing that it will eventually come to an end. It seems so weird to think of all the pain and stress I experienced in the beginning and yet still be said about the inevitable end. Whenever we choose to stop, I hope it’s easy on both of us. I’m just proud that we hit 9 months and hope to make it to a full year.