I wrote about breastfeeding beyond a year when Eliza was one, so wanted to pick up on it again now, nearly six months later. So here’s me, interviewing myself on the subject:
So six months on, what’s changed? Not much, if I’m honest! We’re still both happy, although Eliza would probably feed a lot more I let her (distraction works really well when she puts her hand down my top with intent in public).
How often do you feed at this point? I have been trying to gently guide us into a feed at morning and night, and one either post-nursery or pre-nap depending on what day it is. If she’s really distressed or teething then we’ll sneak the odd extra one in.
Did you ever think you’d still be feeding at this point? No! At the start we had a lot of problems (she wouldn’t latch once home from the hospital, was jaundiced, we had to use nipple shields and do 2-3 hourly feeds day and night for a week, then a few weeks later she developed a lazy latch and I was in such bad pain I’d cry at every feed. Oh, and I had terrible mastitis a couple of times). Through each haze of tears, I was determined to make it to six months and thought we’d stop then. But then somewhere along the line it just clicked, and as I’ve said before it became one of the most surprising, rewarding and amazing parts of motherhood for me.
Have you had any negative reactions or comment to breastfeeding an older baby? I’m well aware that most people think breastfeeding a tiny newborn is fine, but think that it’s a bit wierd when they can point at your chest and say ‘boooobieeee’ (again, this usually happens in public). I’ve had a few jokey comments from my mum – love you mum! – saying I’ll be ‘getting them out at the school gate’, but apart from that, as I wrote in my earlier post I’ve had no negative reactions at all. I have loads of comebacks prepared though if we do.
What’s helped you carry on this long? Support is really valuable – both the support from midwives and breastfeeding groups at the start, and the ongoing support of my family and friends (and also Twitter mum friends offering advice, and those like Adele who are also doing extended feeding showing it’s perfectly normal and natural).
How long will you carry on for? I have no idea about this, to be honest. Neither of us are in a hurry to stop and there’s no reason to, yet.
Will we carry on if you’re pregnant again? I have NO idea about this either. We’re still vaguely thinking about thinking about another child, but who knows when this will be. At this point I do think I’d like a break, and that pregnancy is very physically demanding so it might be easier on my body. But then I didn’t think we’d carry on longer than six months, and a year, and so on…so never say never.
And finally, do you still love it? Yes, very much so. I love all the health benefits for my daughter, the closeness it offers and chance to reconnect, but also being able to sit down and check my emails, still eat all the cake, and the magic restorative powers on sickness and for sleep.
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