Recently, a friend told me a story about being asked to vacate a room at her doctor’s office so a mother could breastfeed her four-year-old child.
Another friend of mine likes to tell the story about a mom she met who only fed her child breast milk until the age of two. We all hear stories like this. The person usually telling the story is appalled and claims they would never do that with their child.
Since becoming a mom, especially a nursing mom, I try not to judge what other moms decide what to do with their children. I went into this with an opening mind and I’m trying to stay that way. I really do not have an opinion either way. I’m just doing what is working for my son and I.
When I got pregnant, I had no plan of what I would feed my son. I knew either breast or bottle would be fine. I wanted to try breastfeeding. If that didn’t work, we would go to formula. Luckily, I was able to produce milk and successfully feed my baby. I know a lot of women struggle with breastfeeding, that’s why I kept an open mind.
Currently, with my 10 month old, my hopes are to nurse my son until he is completely on solids. Although, the process is taken day by day, like times I consider stopping because he’s teeth are sharp and he will just keep getting new ones! I’m proud that we’ve made it this far. It would be great not to give him formula, but that’s more because I’m cheap and a bit lazy.
Did you have a solid plan of what you wanted to feed your child? Did it work? Do you want to feed your child until he/she is in college? What’s your opinion?