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.
(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!)