“I don’t particularly enjoy breastfeeding, but it fits with my path of least resistance approach to parenting. Sad baby? Hurt baby? Bored baby? Awake in the middle of the night? Too sick to eat solid food? It’s very easy to offer her some milk and she quickly gets over whatever is bothering her.
It wasn’t easy to start with but once we both got the hang of things, I was glad we persevered. It makes life a lot easier. That said, I still don’t like feeding her in public. She’s an extreme wiggler and if she’s not yanking my hair, she’s trying to pull out my teeth or attempting to fit her entire fist in my mouth. Inevitably, I end up flashing more flesh than I intended, but no one ever seems to notice.
I hadn’t planned to continue breastfeeding past a year (16 months so far). I always thought the mothers who breastfed toddlers were the ones with a point to prove and that the world would judge me for continuing to stick my nipple inside something with teeth. In reality, no one I’ve met cares one way or another what I do with my baby and my boobs. It seems like a silly thing to have worried about in retrospect.
Challenges? To begin with it was sore nipples, let down pain, cluster feeding for hours and hours, and getting over my shyness about the odd public glimpse of boob. Now, it’s remembering to give my baby a toy to play with so she doesn’t stick her fingers up my nose. Other people’s opinions have never been an issue, though.
Advice? Just do what works for you. It’s really not a big deal how you feed your baby and there’s already enough to worry about.”