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Breastfeeding a Toddler

Claire is now 18 months old and showing no signs of being ready to stop breastfeeding.  And, to my surprise, I’m not ready to stop nursing her either.  Breastfeeding a toddler who is old enough to talk (kinda) and walk (a lot!) has a whole new set of joys and challenges.

Today I’m pleased to have a guest post on The Joys of Breastfeeding Beyond Infancy up at Code Name: Mama!  Click on over to read more.

toddler girl and her mama

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  • Leah December 13, 2010, 4:47 pm

    Mayim Bialik (Blossom!) feels the same way! I really enjoyed her take on it…http://www.kveller.com/blog/parenting/i-breastfeed-my-toddler-got-a-problem-with-it/

    • michelle December 13, 2010, 5:08 pm

      Thanks Leah, what a great post. And as an aside – Mayim Bialik has a PhD in Neuroscience! wow.

  • stefanie December 16, 2010, 3:52 pm

    i read this the other day and forgot to comment, but i loved your post (and mayim bialik’s, for that matter!). i can’t wait for my son to start offering his “nom-noms” to his little stuffed friends. as an aside: i was nursing my son in a coffee shop this morning and someone — totally nice, not confrontational — was like, “oh, you’re extended breastfeeding?” I turned to see who else was nursing their kid and realized she was talking to ME. and my son was one on tuesday. is that what passes for extended these days?
    stefanie´s last blog post ..a shirt for papa

    • michelle December 18, 2010, 8:48 am

      Unfortunately, I think that in some places anything beyond the 6 month minimum is extended breastfeeding. I know that once my daughter passed a year I started to feel more conspicuous nursing in public, and especially once she started walking. I still was having a hard time imagining my 12mo as a toddler and not a baby!

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