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I breastfed Elsa until she was 16 months and Oliver till he was 14 months. I understand this is known as “extended breastfeeding” but I didn’t know this at the time. Extended breastfeeding is breastfeeding beyond your baby’s first year. It wasn’t a conscious decision to breastfeed until any particular age with either of mine. I didn’t plan any of it. I was simply breastfeeding them for as long as I felt they needed it. I work for myself so I didn’t have any deadline by which I had to cut feeds. I’m very lucky.
You’ll remember the start of my breastfeeding journey was rather traumatic. I can happily say that the middle and the end of my feeding journey with both of my children was an entirely different experience and one that I enjoyed. It was especially lovely with Elsa as Oliver was a fidget on the boob.
Feeding felt natural, comfortable and comforting.
It was my excuse to sit down, relax and (if at all possible) have someone else make me a cup of tea.
I could look down at the little head nuzzling into me and think what a long way we’d come since those first few very hard weeks and that we should savour these precious close times together.
Naturally as they ate more solids (and thankfully both of mine certainly wolfed down their solids!), the breastfeeds reduced slowly and easily.
Around the one year mark I was down to the morning and evening feeds, which I did in bed.
I remember loving Elsa’s evening feed, just before her bedtime. I’d lie down and feed her, cuddling her with one arm and I’d drift off to sleep. It was my twenty minute chill out before making my dinner and doing all the evening chores.
This is when I really got it – I got why people say how wonderful breastfeeding can be. Of course it should be enjoyable in the long term. No one should have to struggle and wince and battle through issue after issue. And writing about it now all those lovely feelings about breastfeeding come back. I have to say that I do miss it a bit. And I doubt I’ll ever do it again.
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