As a mum who breastfed my last baby for just over two years, I'm always interested to read stories from other mothers who've breastfed for an extended period of time. So I was delighted to read the following wonderful story which Corey at Living and Loving Every Minute Of It kindly allowed me to share with my visitors.
Corey's story caught my attention because she is so positive about the bond she shares with her daughter and she doesn't mind what other people think about her decision to extend breastfeeding.
I think she is a true inspiration to all of us breastfeeding mothers who believe our children's needs always come before what other people think.
Extended Breastfeeding - A Mother's Thoughts
One of my favorite lines from a movie is: "He can call me a flower if he wants to!" For those not familiar with the movie "Bambi", I will explain that the speaker of this line is a Skunk. The cutest little skunk ever...but truly a skunk....a stinky smelly skunk.
Bambi is learning to identify things, and when the little skunk pops up amongst the flowers, Bambi calls him a flower. I have loved this line since the first time I heard it. I love how the skunk seemed to present itself as a flower, when in fact it is so much the opposite.
At this point in time...I find myself in much the same position. To many people I am presenting myself as a FREAK, when in truth...I am much the opposite. The best part in all this is....I don't care. You can call me a FREAK if you want to!
Extended Breast Feeding.....what does that mean to you? If you are like many....you might think, "breastfeeding WAY too long!" If you are like me, you think, "A blessing to both the mother and child!"
On October 10th, Sugar Bear and I celebrated our 33rd month in our breastfeeding journey. When I first decided to breastfeed, my goal was to make it 6 months, then....9 months...then a year. I most certainly never imagined making it this far. I honestly, thought it was strange, odd, and actually quite freakish for a person to breastfeed a child past a year. I didn't get it.....and didn't know that I didn't get it.
Now I do....I look at Sugar Bear and I get it. She is my baby, and she always will be. I don't see an independent toddler. I see the child that completes me. I firmly believe in the mother/child bond, and that our nursing relationship has only strengthened it. Before I experienced Breastfeeding, I looked at it strictly as a means to feed your child. I didn't realize that it was so much more. I cherish those close, tender, quiet moments. This is the journey that only Sugar Bear and I will travel together. It was meant for us.
So you can call me a FREAK if you want to. I'll just smile, and know that if this makes me a freak, then I want to be the main attraction at the "Mama Freak Show", because I wouldn't change a thing!
Have you breastfed for longer than what your friends and family found acceptable? Do you wish you'd breastfed for longer than you did? What are your own thoughts on extended breastfeeding? Share your thoughts below!