Posts Tagged ‘toddlers’

My youngest, now 2.5 years old received a Highland cow family (Schleich — awesome animal toys) for Christmas, as his uncle has the real deal on his farm. He’s playing with them on the couch right now, and they’re having quite the conversation (note: “na” is Boy#3’s word for breasts/nursing):

Mommy Cow: “You Daddy cow? You haf penis?”

Daddy Cow: “I haf penis. You Mommy cow? You haf na?”

Baby Cow (in a squeaky voice): “I da baby cow! I haf penis! I drink na!”

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Recently, the media has been paying a fair bit of attention to families practicing extended breastfeeding. Extended breastfeeding is a broad term that covers mothers and children who continue their breastfeeding relationships past the age of 1 year. Mothers who encourage and support nursing toddlers are frequently maligned in the press as curiosities, weirdos, or hippy nutcases.

I disagree. I think there are far more of us who practice this than anyone realizes — the fear of public shame often silencing discussion. I think we do ourselves a disservice by not sharing our experiences with other mothers, by discussing this topic in a much broader forum. How can extended breastfeeding be seen as anything other than “freaky” if we don’t normalize it by bringing it out in the open?

I don’t know very many people who set out when pregnant with the specific intention of nursing a toddler.

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