Wednesday, November 14, 2012

I breastfeed my three year old..... so what

I went to bed last night knowing something was about to change. That the next morning would be the start of something new, something different and even more special. I snuggled and kissed Kit Kat good night, knowing we would never see this stage again. Last night was the LAST time I could say that Kit Kat is a two year old. We all woke up knowing this day is the start of a new journey. Pooker woke up knowing her baby sissy is three. Mr Mummie woke up knowing his youngest is three. I woke up knowing that my baby is three... and that we have hit our 3 year breastfeeding journey milestone. (Okay more like CRASHED INTO THE BRICK BREASTFEEDING JOURNEY WALL DOING 100 MPH.) I woke up to the fact that, yes... I am breastfeeding a THREE YEAR OLD.

Time Magazine EAT YOUR HEART OUT!



OMG! Yes! My THREE YEAR OLD LOVES her nummies. She is a breastfed three year old CHILD. You wanna know something else? There is nothing wrong with that! I will be honest and tell you that I never started out thinking I would be breastfeeding a three year old. Not that I ever thought anything was wrong with that. But I just never thought about it. From the very beginning, I set a two year goal and I never thought beyond that. I realized this morning... I am beyond our goal now. Today we have not just reached our breastfeeding journey goal.... but we have SHATTERED it! (Enter glass shattering sound)

Does Kit Kat breastfeed every day? No. Would it mattered if she did? No. She breastfeeds once a week... which means she is "still" breastfed. Does she eat other food? YES. The girl can put a grown man to shame! She LOVES fruit, meat, veggies, candy, chocolate, dairy products, cookies, cereal, pasta... and yes breastmilk. Will she drink breastmilk out of a cup? NO. Have I tried? MANY TIMES. I gave up when I started to get injured by the flying cup she would launch at me that contained pumped breastmilk. (Dude, have you ever been on the receiving end of a plastic cup to the back of your head? How about to your nose? Cheek bone? It HURTS! You learn after the first ten times not to offer pumped breastmilk again... or if you are a slow learner it might take a broken nose, broken cheek bone or possible concussion before you realize not all babies/children will accept pumped breastmilk in ANY form.)

Does a breastfed child look different from a non breastfed child? Nope. Chances are, you would never be able to pick out a breastfed child in a line up. A breastfed child looks like any other child (... but I like to think mine is a bit cuter... I am her Mummie after all.) BUT just to prove to you that a breastfed child looks "normal"... I wanted to show you want a breastfed child looks like.

(Cute right?)

(Notice anything "off" with her yet? Three heads? Eight arms? No? Well maybe we will try another one.)

(Hmmmm..... She looks normal to me... cute... but normal)

The best part of breastfeeding a three year old? (Cover your ears anti breastfeeding supporters) Her comments! Oh my gosh. She once told me "Mommy, your Nummies taste like you" and this awesome video I took last week:


"Hot dogs?!" Yeah that was a new one!

When will I stop breastfeeding Kit Kat? Well "I" wont stop her. She will be done when she is good and ready. Does that mean she will be breastfeeding while she is in school? No. That simply means she will breastfeed for as long as she wants to. Will she be "damaged" because she is "still" breastfeeding? No. Are you damaged because you drink out of a straw? Are you damaged because you drink milk? No... I didn't think so.

Kit Kat is a normal three year old girl. She loves running, coloring, drawing circles and faces. She loves to embarrass me in the store as she screams because she can't play with the dog toy (Oh come on....it's for dogs...) She loves candy, she loves to snuggle and be silly. She loves her Daddy like he is her super hero. She can be too darn cute for her own good. 

She also breastfeeds. Yupp.... she is pretty normal.

Happy birthday Kit Kat. You are an awesome little girl and I am honored to be your Mummie. I love you.

(Yeah.... still cute!)

~Mummie

21 comments:

  1. You're an IDIOT!!!!

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    1. Dear Anonymous: I think you are mistaken. Perhaps you do not know the CORRECT definition for "IDIOT." So please let me educate you. An idiot, dolt, or dullard is a mentally deficient person, or someone who acts in a self-defeating or significantly counterproductive way. Idiot is a word derived from a Greek term meaning "person lacking professional skill. In 19th and early 20th century medicine and psychology, an "idiot" was a person with a very severe mental retardation."

      I, "my friend", do not fit those terms by any means.

      Instead of calling people names...perhaps you should do your own research. You should also know what you are talking about before you comment. At the VERY LEAST use your real name instead of commenting as anonymous. If you are brave enough to call someone names then you should be brave enough to do so without hiding.

      Thank you for reading my post though. I am glad my breastfeeding journey was important enough for you to read it.

      ~Mummie

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    2. Breastfeeding a three a year old doesnt make u an idiot. Judging someone makes u an idiot

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  2. What a cutie! Reminds me of my middle child. Looks a lot like her. My Brookie, who woke up one day at 2 1/2 and started to nurse, looked at me and said 'I no like it Mommy'. Lucky you, mama, for still having a sweet little nursling past age two. :)

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  3. maybe anonymous was formula fed muahaha!

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  4. Not being rude, just seriously curious. Does it seem weird to breastfeed a child that can literally talk to you and tell you what it is that she wants? I'm still breastfeeding at 14 months and people are always telling me that it's 'disgusting' or 'he's too old' or 'give that damn kid a cup'. It's very discouraging.

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  5. Love it! Your children are blessed to not only have been breastfed but to be LOVED! And when you can snuggle your child and give them that comfort through nursing i think that is very special, not "weird". Congratulations Mummie! I wish more children had the kind of parents to love them as your children do!

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  6. Currently nursing my 15 month old baby boy as I write this. I think it's great that you still share this bonding experience with your daughter. Calling people names under an anonymous name is cowardly and childish...Actually calling people names period is childish. My 3 year old knows not to call people names because it's a waste of our words. Your baby girl is beautiful, keep up the good work!

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  7. Good for you. My girl is only 4 months old but i hope to have the same story you do some day. Thank goodness my husband agrees with it and will support me for as long as I want to nurse her. I do fill very blessed for this. Love hearing about your story.

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  8. To each is own. I think its easy to make a quick judgement but there are lots of things we end up doing as parents that we didnt anticipate. Your daughter is beautiful by the way :)

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  9. Hi Ally. For us, Kit Kat was saying full sentences at 11 months...which was a shocker to US and her doctor. She had a 3 year old vocab at 15 months old... so breastfeeding a child who can ask for it is not where, for us, since across been asking for it since 9 months old. The best advice I can give you is to stay strong to what feels right for your family. educate people that The World Health Organization recommend breastfeeding up to two years and beyond, as does the American Academy of Pediatrics. Do not let others set your breastfeeding journey...find people who support you and your decision. Rock your journey and congress on 14 months! -Mummie


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  10. Such a sweet little girl keep on rocking the journey and let the "idiots3
    " keep hating! Most were formula fed anyways LOL!

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  11. My baby girl got m&m (mommy milk) till she was 2 weeks shy of her 2nd birthday when she weaned herself, it was a bittersweet day for me. I think its beautiful! My girl is now 3 1/2 and will only with her dolls and pretends to breastfeed, which I find beautiful also! Go Jacky and Kit Kat!

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  12. I think most people who disagree with it sees a woman breast as for sexual object and not a nourishment or bonding... My son who is 8 now was breast fed until he was 3.5 yes old and a lot of people in our society dictates what they think is right ( I don't know why they bother to not look at what's wrong with them health wise) but my son is now a very smart kid who is very confident and independent who is at his age thinks and does 12 year old stuff in school (very intelligent). My relatives asked me how he learned to speak fluently by 18 months and learned to read by 4 year old? I guess breast feeding really helps and he doesn't get sick that often and if he does very rare. I value applied researched and good scientific evidence specially with regards to rearing child`s health. I am a public health nurse trying to stop and end obesity and epidemic here and US and one of those prevention and cures is to utilize breast feeding than formula or other drinks.

    Now I have three healthy boys :-)

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  13. I wish my daughter still breastfed at least when sick etc she isnt a big eater. i dried pregnant with my son she is 3 now but sort of weaned herself at 20 mths. my son is 13 mths and still going strong sometimes i wish a little break lol

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  14. As a very strong supporter of extended breastfeeding, I honestly believe that you're doing the right thing by allowing your 3 year old daughter to continue her breastfeeding for as long as she feels the need for it. Breastfeeding an older child has SO many nutritional benefits; and the longer a toddler/older child is breastfeeding, the less likely he/she will become susceptible to various illnesses. No, I'm not a parent, I just highly support extended breastfeeding 100% for all you people who are very strongly against extended breastfeeding; all I ask is please keep all of your rude comments/opinions to yourself. Besides, it's NOT your child anyway! and if a mother wishes to continue breastfeeding her toddler/older child is really none of anyone's business... but hers!! to all of you nursing mothers... I highly applaud you all for allowing your toddler/older child to continue breastfeeding; after all, you're only giving your toddler/older child the most nutritious milk in all the world... your breastmilk!!

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  15. for all of you people who are against extended breastfeeding; don't judge any nursing mother who wishes to extend their bonding with their older child through breastfeeding; it's NOT your child anyway!!

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  16. If a mother wishes to continue breastfeeding her older child; I strongly believe that she should have every right to do so. Who cares if the child is 4, 5, or even 6 years of age? Breastfeeding's the most beneficial/nutritional way to nourish a toddler/older child. I just believe that all of you people who are strongly against extended breastfeeding should kindly keep all of your rude comments/opinions to yourself. As I mentioned before in an earlier post, the longer a mother breastfeeds, the less likely her toddler/older child will become susceptible to various illnesses. If I came upon a mother who was breastfeeding her older child (let's say the child was about 4 years) and if I was one of the people against extended breastfeeding (thank goodness I'm not!) chances are she'd most likely would give me an earful (something that I would not rather hear) I'm all for extended breastfeeding!! 100% !!

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  17. I typed "Am I the only one breastfeeding a three year old?" into Google (which returned predictions of "Am I the only one who hates breastfeeding?" - I thought that being a top search was a bit odd) and came across this.
    My daughter turned three nearly a month ago and it was a weird realisation as I remember planning to only breastfeed to one year while I was pregnant (how naive!)
    We're actually still breastfeeding rather regularly; when she wakes up, when she gets home from preschool, when we're in the bath, when she's falling asleep and occasionally while she's asleep (she's still in my bed). That sounds a lot but it's only short amounts of time and still nowhere near as often as people expect.
    I think posts like these are very important because although I only occasionally shout out on social media about still breastfeeding, I've become so used to it that I don't feel like I have to share it as I used to and every so often it comes up in conversation and I feel like the weird one, even though it's become my daughter's choice to continue (while I'm obviously enabling).
    It's hard to foresee an end to this but I'm increasingly aware of the fact that she's becoming more and more likely to wean herself which does make me a little sad but at least I have the "Mummy, your booby is empty on this side" comments to enjoy!

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