Mothers from around the world continue to submit their photos in an effort to support other moms breastfeeding past infancy- because it’s normal!
This is that breastfeeding past infancy looks like! <3
Oliver was born full-term, at 37+3 weeks gestation. He was small, weighing only 5lbs 8oz, which the medical staff attributed to the placental tear and pre-eclampsia I had developed. There was some fetal distress during delivery and he was born dusky, but crying. Immediately, the MD who delivered him noticed that he had a significant tongue tie. In fact, his tongue wouldn’t extend past his gums at all. The attending pediatrician brushed it off, … Keep Reading!!!
The full-term breastfeeding story I’m going to begin by telling is my story. I don’t remember it, though.
I was exclusively breastfed by my own mother in a time and place when doing such a thing was rare. I nursed until shortly after my little sister arrived when I was two and a half, tandem nursing with her until I moved on.
I have no memory of actually breastfeeding. I clearly remember the … Keep Reading!!!
Images and text by Susan May.
On July 2nd of this year, 2014, I will mark 8 (EIGHT!) straight years of breastfeeding. I’m almost positive (like 99.99% sure) that there was not even a day in that 8 year stretch that went by without at least one session. I know this sounds quite impressive or even unbelievable to many people. Some might think that it is even a “sacrifice” on my part. But honestly I don’t often think … Keep Reading!!!
Images and text by Lesly Simmons
The birth story I wrote in my head for my first child was radically altered at the 20-week mark, when I was diagnosed with complete placenta previa. I went from planning an all natural birth to expecting (and ultimately having) an emergency c-section a month early. Thankfully our baby girl Mia arrived small but healthy, and our breastfeeding journey began a few hours after she was born. It continues now at 15 months, and … Keep Reading!!!
Images and Text by Jill Petrush Rogers
I thought to myself, “Wait, what?! He’s two. He’s still breastfeeding…really?!”
You see, before my nephew was born, I was never really around a breastfed baby, let alone a toddler!
When I became pregnant, I knew that I wanted to breastfeed (thanks to my sister-in-law and a few other close friends), but my original goal was still one … Keep Reading!!!
Images and text by Brandy Van Vossen
Before I had children of my own I knew that I wanted to breastfeed. I knew that this was the most important decision that I would make for them in their early years. I knew that breast was best. But my inexperience kept me from seeing anything beyond this.
I didn’t grow up seeing breastfeeding. As much as I babysat and even having a younger brother born when I was 16, I just … Keep Reading!!!
Images and text by Molly Stepansky.
My name is Molly. I am a stay at home mom to three wonderful kids. E will be 6 this summer, N just turned 3 and little L is 7 months old. People who know me know that I am passionate about most everything I do. In a former life I was a passionate high school teacher, a (not so passionate) chemist, a passionate sailing instructor, a (just to make ends meet) waitress and … Keep Reading!!!
By Kim Pendleton
Baby, you are weaned!
By Martine Zoer
I am nursing Tristan as I am writing this. He’s three years old and watching TV. He loves to nurse while watching a show. He will ask for it as soon as we get home from dropping big brother Tyler off at school. He no longer naps and I think it’s how he recharges.
Before Tristan was born, I was hoping that I would be able to breastfeed him, but I wasn’t sure whether it would work … Keep Reading!!!
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Being a first time mom is scary.
I remember that when my son was just a tiny newborn I was so afraid that my milk wasn’t going to be enough for him. I remember watching … Keep Reading!!!
Yesterday I went to the UPS store to mail a double breast pump and breastfeeding loot to a local friend, and also the infamous TIME issue to a friend in Spain who never could find a copy and wanted to read the article.
I tried to hide the cover until I had to give it to the postman to mail. He picked it up and weighed it while Aram walked up to read the numbers on the scale. The … Keep Reading!!!
Breastfeeding moms of toddlers respond to common breastfeeding misconceptions about nursing past infancy:
Myth: Breastfeeding will ruin your boobs!
Truth: Your breasts will inflate through your pregnancy and
engorgement when your milk comes whether your nurse your babies or
Vanity has been known to get the best of me. I’ll admit it. I’ll
even confess that some decisions I made about my health might have
been motivated by said vanity, said the girl who quit smoking in her… Keep Reading!!!
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The boys picked out kid’s eucalyptus foaming bubbles and made a meditative morning bath. lol they are so weird. I love it.
“My breasts aren’t in you way.” Oh man, if the original version of this song never got stuck in your head, this one definitely will. I love that..