Listen. Things are about to get real here on the Mommyhood. I’m about to link you to a video about a British woman who is breastfeeding an eight-year-old.
I am not kidding. That link isn’t totally safe for work. It’s not porn, but there is a lot of talk about boobs. Booby and Milky, to be precise.
I saw this video a month or so ago on the Houston Chronicle’s blog Good Mom/Bad Mom — right before my daughter hit the magical one-year mark and just before I was planning to wean. It affirmed that I didn’t want to be breastfeeding an eight-year-old girl. I am ready to be done.
Yet we are still nursing, and I’m kind of at a loss as to how to stop. In the last month, my daughter has become VERY attached to, uh, me. I suspect she senses a threat. I’ve been trying “don’t offer, don’t refuse,” but I’m doing a whole lot of not refusing. It’s more about comfort than about milk to her, but it’s about nutrition to me. She likes cow’s milk just fine, but she doesn’t drink much out of the cup, so I’m eager for her to get sustenance however she will take it. Thus, we are at an impasse. I plan to call a lactation consultant if we don’t start making progress soon.
When she was a newborn I joked that I was going to nurse her until college, but that suddenly seems less funny because right now I think she would nurse through college if I let her.
Anyone been through this? Advice?