I’ve shared my breastfeeding journeys right here up to now – first to speak about my first experience with breastfeeding (Essley), after which once more to speak about breastfeeding baby number 2 (Emmett). It’s been near a yr and a half since that second breastfeeding publish, and I beginning considering it was about time I touched on the topic once more – particularly as a result of it is entire totally different world once you’re nonetheless nursing a toddler who’s approaching age 2. Yep. Emmett turned 21 months outdated on Monday, and we’re nonetheless breastfeeding. This wasn’t the plan. But it is taking place. And it is the fitting factor for us. Maybe a few of you’re in the identical place. Or perhaps a few of you suppose it is unusual, or extreme. Regardless, I believe it is an essential subject to overtly talk about, and I am excited to share our story with you. (Bonus: there is a actually superior giveaway from my friends at EverlyWell later within the publish!)
My breastfeeding journey with Emmett began off slightly otherwise than with Essley, as a result of whereas I used to be extra assured having performed it earlier than, his latch wasn’t pretty much as good as her’s. It turned out he had a gentle tongue tie. We visited a specialist and opted to have a quite simple process performed, and had no points in any respect after that. (Side word: As I discussed in a earlier breastfeeding publish, I do know some dad and mom of youngsters with tongue or lip ties select to not “repair” them and all the pieces seems simply superb – this can be a private resolution and whereas it was the fitting one for us, that does not imply it’s for everybody else.)
I would nursed Essley for 18 months, and deliberate (hoped) to nurse Emmett for a full yr after which see how issues went from there – however then one thing occurred that modified all the pieces. When he was 7 months outdated, Emmett was recognized with Infantile Spasms, essentially the most catastrophic type of childhood epilepsy. He was placed on a harsh treatment (that we needed to inject into his legs at house, twice a day) with extreme unwanted effects that included extreme starvation. He started to nurse across the clock, regardless that he was already on solids by this level. For the primary time ever, I had difficulties with my provide not having the ability to fulfill his demand. I even ended up shopping for components to complement, which I by no means wanted to make use of as a result of my provide finally caught up (however would have been blissful to had it been obligatory; identical to breastmilk, components is a good way to feed infants!). The treatment (thank the universe) labored and his seizures stopped, however he needed to stay on it for three months and it made him depressing. Nursing was his best consolation, and at the same time as we approached a yr, I knew we would not be stopping any time quickly.
As our breastfeeding journey moved alongside into Emmett’s second yr, I used to be shortly reminded of the professionals and cons of toddler nursing that I’ve skilled with Essley.
Continuing to nurse a toddler shouldn’t be with out its challenges. Here in America, society is not all the time supportive of nursing previous infancy – and whereas I do not care about this type of judgment, it may well make public breastfeeding tougher. There can also be the truth that children Emmett’s age are approaching the tantrum part, and when little man needs the boob and mommy will not give in, it isn’t all the time fairly. (Right now we try to nighttime wean, and let’s simply say it would not make for evening’s sleep.) Also, toddlers prefer to twist nipples. And pinch. And squeeze. I am going to depart you with that painful visible.
On the opposite facet, there are some really nice issues about breastfeeding a toddler. If your little ones get sick, they’re doubtless going to need to nurse for consolation, which implies even after they’re refusing meals or liquids, they’re getting correct diet and staying hydrated. (This would be the hardest factor for me to surrender because it makes diseases a lot simpler!) Breastfeeding a toddler additionally helps present her or him transition right into a extra unbiased interval of life by giving them a wholesome “security web” in the event that they want consolation. It’s a beautiful option to bond. And after all, breastmilk continues to supply immunities and nutritional vitamins, and protects once more allergic reactions and sickness. The World Health Organization and UNICEF truly advocate that infants be breastfed for no less than two years.
Our breastfeeding journey will doubtless finish earlier than or proper round Emmett’s second birthday, however for now, it is part of our lives. And regardless that he is a toddler and getting most of his diet from meals, it is essential to me to ensure he is additionally receiving wholesome advantages by way of my breastmilk. This is why I proceed to eat wholesome meals, take a prenatal vitamin every day, and in addition why I lately determined to get my breastmilk examined for DHA. DHA is extremely essential to infants’ and youngsters’s mind well being and cognitive growth. With Emmett’s historical past with epilepsy, a mind dysfunction, that is particularly essential to me.
I ordered my at-home breast milk DHA test from EachWell (the unique supplier of this kind of check on to shoppers right here within the U.S.), and the method might’t have been simpler. The bundle arrived in just a few days with clear directions and all the pieces I wanted to take the check. I simply dropped a few drops of breastmilk on the provided card, positioned in a bag and again within the field, despatched it again with their enclosed postage sticker, and in about I week, I acquired my outcomes emailed to me. It seems that my DHA ranges have been in vary (optimum is .32+, and I used to be .44), which was nice information! It gave me peace of thoughts to know that each Emmett and I are getting the right ranges of a fatty acid and nutrient that’s so essential to mind well being, particularly in a time when many individuals have decrease ranges than they need to. And the expertise with EverlyWell was so simply nice that now I need to take a bunch extra of their checks!
Nursing my little bean again in the summertime of 2016. Awwww.
And now I am so excited to provide one in all you the prospect to win an EverlyWell At Home Breast Milk DHA Test of your personal! If you are pregnant or nursing, or know somebody who’s, this can be a nice alternative!
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This giveaway will run by way of October 18, 2017, and is open to Bubby and Bean readers with U.S. delivery addresses. All entries from the Rafflecopter type above and Instagram shall be mixed. A winner shall be randomly chosen through Random.org and introduced right here shortly after the top of the giveaway.
Thank you for studying and following alongside on our breastfeeding journey. If you are breastfeeding or toddler (or have up to now), I would love to listen to extra about your expertise as properly!
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