I breastfed my 4th child till a few months past his 5th birthday. I tandem nursed for more then 3 years, and while I’m still nursing my 5th child who is almost 4 I am also pregnant with #6 and am looking forward to tandem nursing again if #5 should continue to nurse through this pregnancy. -Jessica Wylie
(Photo credit: Heather Marie Marshall)
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!