Almost everyone knows the benefits of breastfeeding – nature’s best food, wonderful immunity, etc. But how long is too long?
Should you allow your child to decide when s/he is ready to quit nursing? Or, should you deliberately set a deadline? For stay-at-home mothers – the few that there are these days – and women with understanding employers who offer onsite daycare or permit young children at work, on-demand feeding for as long as the child wants is often desirable and obtainable. Other women may be able to pump and provide this amazing nourishment even while having their child in daycare. Not everyone, however, is successful pumping – I certainly wasn’t.
But, what if you have breastfed for quite some time, say two years, and you are really ready to stop breastfeeding but your child still wants “Mommy milk”? What is the best way to handle this situation?
And, if your child wants the cuddling which accompanies breastfeeding to settle down for naptime and bedtime, where does that leave Mom when she wants a night off with her friends? Perhaps Mom will go out, but she will leave the babysitter with a cranky child who is extremely difficult to settle down.
One option – if you have a willing physician – is to go back on the birth control pill. Problem solved. Mommy milk has dried up! Is it the physician’s right to say “No” to your request for this option?
There are so many questions around breastfeeding. What is your opinion? I would love to hear it.