I have happily breastfed all of my brood. It has been a big struggle with all of them and always took a good few months to get into the swing of things with all of them but it is something I’m so happy I persevered with.
Now I’m onto number five who is still breastfeeding at 20 months and I’m asking myself ‘is this still for him or more for me!’.
As we all know it is suggested that we breastfeed our babies exclusively for the first 6 months. I can fully understand that this is their only source of nourishment if you chose to breastfeed and of course they are solely reliant on this for their development. For me as you are introducing food into their diet it is all so hit and miss as to what they are getting I feel happy to carry on demand feeding up until a year.
With the others they have swapped over to a beaker of cows milk more than happily by then and I’ve been quite happy that my job is done and they are moving onto their next milestone.
This time round things have been different and number five is still happily breastfeeding at night and I have made very little effort to break this cycle.
I know that he is a good eater and is getting more than he needs through his food and now all the feeding really is, is comfort. He has his bath, his pjs go on and he clambers onto my lap for ‘milky’. He wakes in the night and all he wants to do is snuggle up for a quick feed to comfort himself back off to sleep.
But in the odd occasion I’ve been out he’s not had that option and been more than ok to just nod off by himself! This is where I am feeling it more the fact I’m clinging onto the last part of my breastfeeding journey. As I said it’s been a hard one and even landed me on hospital with mastitis with number four. But it is by far the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done and I still don’t think I’m quite ready to end it just yet!