Breastfeeding problems

November 22, 2010 in Baby tips, Latest, Mums tips

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My son won’t stop….

When you hear the phrase ‘breastfeeding problems’ the first thought that jumps into most people’s minds is problems with a newborn latching on, or mum not producing enough milk, or baby not gaining much weight. The problem I am encountering however does not fall into any of the above categories. It seems to me to be quite rare. In fact, it even makes me feel uncomfortable talking about it.

The problem I am trying to get to the bottom of involves my fast-approaching two year old…. He is still breastfeeding and he is showing no signs of wanting to stop.

I have tried everything bar smearing marmite on my boobs, and let me tell you I am this close to trying it.

He just loves ‘booby’. And yes I am now regretting not choosing to call it ‘milk’ or something equally oblique. It is getting quite embarrassing now when he asks for it in public. He’ll scream at the top of his voice and pull my top down (there isn’t much left to see since breastfeeding him for two years has reduced my tits to droopy sacks of flesh which I keep finding down by my belly button).

My husband and I have tried brainstorming this problem. He considers himself an excellent trouble shooter and is often sent into tricky situations at work to diffuse the major problem at hand. Even he is struggling around this one. At one point we even considered getting a dog and calling it ‘booby’ – just so we could tell people our little boy was actually calling for his little pet puppy.

You might say, ‘just stop letting him feed’. But unfortunately it is not that simple. My son, like most toddlers his age, is a master at getting what he wants. And let me tell you, at 8 o’clock at night, when you’ve had one of those days, you would do anything, yes anything just to get that boy to sleep as quickly as possible.

Of course, the problem isn’t all that awful. It could be a lot worse. He could be 12 and still asking for it. He could be doing all sorts of far more embarrassing things. The main problem I am finding is other people’s opinions regarding extended breastfeeding. Even some of my closest friends roll their eyes when I get out the boob again.

I am asked almost on a daily basis when I am going to stop breastfeeding.

As much as I would like to say ‘it is none of your business’, I usually come out with the trite reply about the World Health Organisation recommending breastfeeding until the age of 2. Or I’ll say I’m cutting it down gradually. Or I’ll just say ‘when I’m ready’.

The truth is, I’m aiming for my boy to be boob free by the time he is two years old. That’s in 5 weeks time.

Better go get the Marmite then!


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