The hippy ecoMILF in me says "go with the flow", "trust his instincts", "he obviously needs the added nutrition/psychological comfort- (his solid meals haven't changed at all ie. he is not eating any less)", "he might be getting sick and trying to boost his immune system", "don't succumb to societal 'norms' "
The socially conditioned, brainwashed side of me says "he's only asking for it because you are giving in and giving it to him", "he is forming bad habits", "he doesn't need it that much- he's not a baby anymore"
You can tell which side of myself I like better.
My biggest issues with this change of breastfeeding-pace are
1. I have to feed him once a night around 4:30 and I truly AM worried that this will start bad night-waking habits
2. This means that if he gets more demanding I will have to start feeding him more often in public, which means being under scrutiny more often and feeling the eyes of people judging me for my unwholesome acts (The photos I post take more guts than you think, but I think it is important for western women to share these images in order to associate the sight as normal, beautiful, natural and above all publicly accepted, so that people like me don't feel self-conscious when we choose to breastfeed in public)
3. I don't want him to think he can get whatever he wants when he wants and I don't want him to get territorial over MY body, as he seems to be feeling now when I tell him it's not time for mama's milk.
Does anyone who has experienced 'extended' breastfeeding (L'il B is 15 months in case you were wondering) have any advice, suggestions or ideas? I have a hunch that this is all another phase in the breastfeeding journey and as soon as I hit "publish" L'il B will settle into a less frequent feeding pattern, but just in case, what are your thoughts on this matter?
I am joining Jodi from Che and Fidel (one of my bloggy inspirations) in the weekly theme: "summer snap mondays". The photos of L'il B and I feeding today will be my first contributions to this meme.