Extended Breastfeeding: Benefits And Tips On How You Can Make It Work For You (Part 2)

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(Read the first part of this article HERE.)

If you’ve decided that extended breastfeeding is for you and your toddler and that you want to make it work, there are a lot of ways that you can make the challenge easier for the both of you. They can be pretty tough and nerve-wracking at times—especially the part where people will be making comments that might discourage you—but they’re definitely worth the benefits of healthy and extended breastfeeding.

Here’s how you can make extended breastfeeding work for you:

  • If you can’t help but feel bothered by unsolicited comments and weird stares when you’re breastfeeding in public, you might find it easier to nurse your child before heading out. For this reason, many moms have resorted to nursing their toddlers at specific times during the day, such as after breakfast, before naps and before bed. This way, the toddlers will be able to focus on other sources of comfort, entertainment and food and only look for you a couple of set times a day.
  • Sometimes, all we want is a good retort for those who keep giving us unsolicited comments. If you don’t care about what other people think or say, you can try some very effective responses ready when someone asks you, “Is he still nursing?” Sometimes, all you have to do to stop the conversation is answer a simple, “Yes.” If the person insists and asks when you’ll stop nursing, you can answer with a smile, “In about ten minutes.”
  • It’s the attention grabbing that sometimes bothers other people. After all, what they don’t know (or notice) won’t hurt them. So what you can do is teach your child a unique code word to use when he wants to nurse, such as “Mama,” so no one will pay attention when he calls out for you in public.
  • As usual, you’ll need to make sure that you’re well kept and healthy. If you’re unsure if you’re getting the nutrition you need, don’t hesitate to talk to your healthcare provider so he or she can maybe prescribe you with a multivitamin. Otherwise, continue eating a diet that includes lots of fresh fruits, veggies, healthy calories, protein, whole grains, complex carbs and calcium-rich foods.  Don’t forget to always stay hydrated and have that glass of water nearby every time you breastfeed!
  • It’s not unusual for a pregnant mom to breastfeed an older child. If you are expecting and want to keep nursing pIf you’re pregnant and want to keep  nursing your toddler, you’ll need to understand that there can be challenges—you might produce less milk as your hormone levels change and your body starts redirecting nutrition towards the growing fetus. At the same time, the taste of your milk might change, much to your toddler’s surprise! Then again, know that it’s been done, and many moms have been very successful at nursing while pregnant. Meanwhile, just make sure you’re eating the right food and drinking enough fluids!

Photo by Joe Yang / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

 

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