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|| in case you missed my Insta Live this week, I thought I’d let you in on what’s been going on here this week. my youngest daughter is 20 months old the time has come to cut down on the breastfeeding. below I will share the things we are doing to continue our breastfeeding journey in a way that works for the both of us. ||
Guided Weaning considerations:
🕑call it motherly instinct, but I can tell when my kids are ready to let go of milk feeds. here’s what I look for: increased appetite at meal times, increased independence, increased distraction during breastfeeding, forgetting to ask for milk.
💟why I continue to breastfeed my toddler: while food is now her primary source of nutrition, there are many health benefits for her (not to mention for me too). increased immunity, bonding, gut microbiome health, and hydration/calories just to name a few. the #worldhealthorganization recommends breastfeeding for up to two years or more. if I am lucky enough to do that, I’m going to try. breastfeeding is a privilege that not every mother gets. 🙏 #grateful
🥛so what do we do instead? a huge part of the breastfeeding of toddlers is the connection and physical closeness. reading books, cuddling, carrying, tickling and playing with my daughter during usual feed times has been key. offering homemade #plantbased milk as a comforting drink that adds calories and fat (not necessary when consuming a variety of nutritious foods, but an option). making sure I have exciting snacks available to distract from the ritual of nursing. using the phrase “later” instead of “no” when she asks, so that she knows that we are still breastfeeding before bed but no longer during the day. ☝️ one last thing I’d like to mention: we all have a different journey and it’s a beautiful thing. hopefully by sharing ours with you I can help #normalizebreastfeeding. I used to think that if my child was old enough to ask for milk than that must be the time to wean... I will be forever grateful that I challenged that thought and kept going.
Guess who is finally an adult today?! I am so thrilled to graduate high school, go to college, achieve my flying goals, get into debt, cry over the debt, fly whilst crying over said debt... No but for real, thank you to everyone who has given me incredible amounts of support, I wouldn’t be the person that I am today without you all. I am very excited to broaden my horizons and travel a bit more, fly a bit more, socialize a bit more (because living on an island with a population of 400 isn’t exactly the ace for such a social person as me) Thank you for all the wonderful birthday wishes! #18thbirthday#imanadultnow#icanplaykenonow#sos#notready#itakeeverythingieversaidaboutwantingtobeolderback#seniorpics