“All over the world, women nurse their children until they are ready to be finished. But here…”

“Our nursing relationship has been a journey of acceptance and letting go. Despite my extensive efforts to nurse our first daughter, it didn’t work out how I envisioned or hoped. I pumped 8 times a day for 5 months before I had to stop, something I regret still today. When our second daughter was born, I was more aware of the support in our community and was proactive when we needed help. We had a tough beginning but we got through it together. Here we are, 3 years later, and she still nurses occasionally. Sometimes, I feel touched out…sometimes I fear that maybe today is the last time for “nursies” or what she calls “my-tees.” There are days I want to stop cold turkey but then notice she’s not ready and realize I am not either. All over the world, women nurse their children until they are ready to be finished. But here, it’s faux pas. Nursing for comfort or connection is not really why we continue. I know I can comfort her or connect with her in other ways, as I do with our older daughter. For now, this just works for us…it’s special quiet time with just her. When we are ready to stop, we will. Until then, it’s still “my-tee” time.”

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One thought on ““All over the world, women nurse their children until they are ready to be finished. But here…”

  1. Beautiful! I breastfed my two children for 3 years. It was very hard for them to stop. I remembering showering with my five year old daughter and she said,”Mommy I want breastmilk!”When were traveling the French Riviera My five year old son said,”Mommy their breastmilk are showing!” Thats what they saw them as. I was traveling on a rickety bus in Mexico with the locals and the chickens with my 7 month old son and a baby was crying for food.The mother walked over and handed him to me. Naturally I breast fed him. The people in the bus started clapping! I’m so glad I had those experiences! This lovely photo brought back memories!

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