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IT SUCKS.  Period.  He nurses like his life depends on it.  AND MY POOR NIPPLES HAVE HAD ENOUGH.  Seriously.

There is an array of life issues that arise through advanced/prolonged boob dependence, those are as follows:

Naps: without the boob, naps are facilitated only by 1) a car ride – which is impossible when you no longer own a car, 2) watching a show on the iPad – which has mixed results, or 3) a stroller ride – which doesn’t work when it’s raining – and it’s raining.

Public Opinion: LET ME BE CLEAR – I AM A HUGE PROPONENT OF BREASTFEEDING IN PUBLIC.  However, when you have a large toddler and are in a culture that is a bit baffled by the idea of it in the first place, it gets old, fast.  Come on buddy, can’t we AT LEAST keep these things private now that you’re old enough to ask for it, outright?

Mom’s Breasts: I’m honestly not one to care (or so I thought), but really guys, 4 years of collective breastfeeding renders them at least 4 decades less youthful than they would otherwise be.

And when you have an insufferably stubborn toddler, weaning feels like a lost cause.  We’ve come a long way but some days I’m fairly certain he’ll still be nursing when he’s 12, before and after school.

Comments

sharon kilwein
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You are a great mom Lauren!

Anna
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“4 years of collective breastfeeding renders them at least 4 decades less youthful than they would otherwise be”. Hilarious!

Sabrina
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psh hahahaha. Before and after school. hahaha. I’m sorry momma. You should just do it cold turkey. Ever invest in sippy cups? (trade one habit for another, right???) :)

Hesterwoman
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ahhhh, cold turkey, i don’t think i’m tough enough! the child wants nothing but water out of a cup and the boob ;).

Alison
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Ooh, tough one. I’d say, wean slowly (if that’s what you want to do, wean). Do the favorite feed last. And then, STOP. He’ll adjust much easier than you think. It’s usually harder than on than on them. That’s how it was for me anyway. :) Good luck!

Hesterwoman
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We’re at the STOP part and I know you’re right… how attached we get to their attachment ;). He’s a pretty serious addict, though. Thanks so much for reading, Alison!

Trish
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That’s a LONG time for sure Lauren! Your nipples must really hurt! I’d vote for the “cold turkey” method since you’re way beyond the health issue here….

Hesterwoman
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No pain, just weathered ;). There still are great immunoglobulins being transferred, beneficial but not absolutely necessary ;).

April
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Ask yourself – is it your habit or his? Hmmm…. I can’t say because I only made it 2 months BF’ing, but many mothers say it’s as difficult for them (bonding time!) as it is for the child to wean. Sounds like a difficult situation. I seriously considered pumping for the rest of my life to maintain a stable weight, LOL! The calorie-burning properties of BF’ing are marvelous. :) Love you Lo!

Hesterwoman
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i don’t know that my body is producing enough of the stuff to still be providing me with the added benefit of calorie burning, unfortunately ;). And I’d say, it’s HIS habit. I’m done ;).

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