I am still breastfeeding my 16 month old (“STILL?! When are you going to stop?” Yes yes, join the line) and I started making a list of things she likes to do while nursing, that she never, ever did as a baby. Here are some of my
difficult interesting moments:
1. Reach for the thing that is furthest away from her, whether it be a toy, a box or an envelope. Just how far do you think I stretch?
2. When she has a runny nose, nursing provides comfort, nutrition and a great place to wipe her nose. Lovely.
3. Lie back, relax and read/play while nursing and insist I press the toy’s buttons/turn the pages of the book. You want a bucket of popcorn with that?
4. Stick her finger up my nose/ in my eye/ into my mouth almost at the back of my throat. If you grow up to be a dentist or doctor, it was worth it. If not, stop hurting me!
5. Insist, insist, INSIST she has to nurse and as I’m getting positioned, she hears Daddy/Grandma/Grandpa/her toy puppy bark and it’s “Bye! See you later!!” Um, okay then….
6. Pull off and say “Hi!” to whoever is in the room/on the plane (on an 11 hour flight back from London, this happened a lot) and then relatch, and then pull off again and say “Hi!” and then… you get the idea. This isn’t a restaurant my dear, and I am not a waitress patiently waiting for you to finish!
7. Demand the breast she wants to nurse on. And then pull off and switch. And then switch again. Remember the days when we chose the breast they’d nurse on? Yep, it’s a distant memory for me too. I remember it fondly.
8. Try to eat a snack while nursing. This one actually makes me laugh out loud. As the snack gets closer and closer, she almost seems unsure if she should let go, or just try to eat and nurse. She then starts eating and wants to relatch but realizes it’s just not going to happen. It has to be one thing at a time. Bless.
Has your little one ever done any of these? What would you add to the list?