Toddler Breastfeeding

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On Toddler Breastfeeding

About a week ago my sister in law had twins. They are 2 months premature, but thankfully they are healthy and thriving. Being a natural birth advocate, there are so many things that bother me about her pregnancy and birth experience. The interventions started early and were numerous. It saddens me when I think about how her experience was lead by fear. When I think about those babies and the breast milk they may or may not get... It is almost too much sadness for me to bear.

But this sadness is not mine. It may not even be hers. Maybe she's perfectly fine with how the experience went; perfectly fine with her breastfeeding (or lack thereof, I really don't know). Given all the people in the world, there is a chance for every situation. Some people will breastfeed at any cost; for premies, for adopted babies, relactation, etc. Some birth naturally. The way to change the world is to be the change I want to see. Not mourn the decisions of other mothers.

The next time you feel bogged down by other people's choices - let it go. The only person you can control is yourself. You've chosen to breastfeed, and that's fantastic! Keep on doing what you want to do! The only people we should be concerned about are the people right in front of us. Those cute little babies, toddler, teenagers, (and eventually) adults we decided to bring into this world.

Surprises From Max's First Four Months


Baby Max is four months old today. I posted when he was one month, talking about what a difficult little demon he was, but after eight weeks he magically changed overnight into the sweetest baby ever! We were so surprised the first time he slept 7.5 hours straight instead of waking up every 3 hours, we kept waking up anyway just to go stare at him. "Maybe there's something wrong with him!" But he kept doing it, and now he sleeps from around 8pm to 4:30am every night, wakes up to feed, then goes back to sleep until around 7:30am. It is amazing. And where before he cried a lot, always seemed unhappy, and didn't even know how to smile, now he generally loves everything and will smile his head off if you just look at him.

Here are some more surprises from the first four months of Max.

1. He loves "reading" books.

I had thought that before he could read or understand words, or even be able to visually recognize cartoons of things, he would get bored when I read to him. But even from the beginning, books held his attention and excited him. Thanks for all the books, everyone (but especially Mom)!

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