I haven’t done a breastfeeding update in a while have I?
Before giving birth I knew I’d breastfeed for at least 6 months, with 1 year being my ultimate goal of giving only breastmilk. I figured after any teeth popped in, I would be a pumping mommy. Not the case. Roey has one tooth in and another just under the surface and we are still going strong!
Now that he’s eating solid foods, we nurse in the morning, before bed, and 2-4 times during the day, depending on how often he “asks” for it. I offer a sippy cup and sometimes he’ll take it and sometimes he’ll throw it away and “ask” to nurse again. Let me explain what “asking” is. He doesn’t use the sign language word for milk that we’ve been practicing with him for months. He has his own signal for it and uses that instead. He climbs up me, and divebombs my breast with his heavy head. If I don’t get the picture he takes it a step further by rooting around my nipple area and will even start chomping or try to latch over my shirt.
I’m surprised, but happy to report that even though he’s got that sharp lil tooth in his mouth, he has not bitten me once! He would “bite” and chew on my nipple before the tooth arrived, but stopped since shortly before they broke through the gums. Thank goodness. I was really nervous about that and figured biting with his new razor blade teeth would mean the end of our breastfeeding journey.
I’m glad he still wants to nurse even after experiencing all the cool new flavors and textures he’s been exposed to with solids. I love breastfeeding! I still love the snuggly closeness of it, and the amazingness of the human body. I look forward to his last nurse of the day during his nighttime routine. He’s all calm and cozy and knows this means the day is coming to a close.
Looking forward, I don’t know how I’m going to deal with weaning. I know for certain I want to do it around the year mark, but I am concerned about the process of it, how I’ll deal emotionally, and how he’ll deal emotionally and his confusion of being told “No” for something that he likes and used to do several times a day.