Yesterday, I had my first taste of locally grown strawberries of the season. While savoring my snack, I told Alice that one day I will introduce her to the world of sweet, delicate and juicy berries...not the sick looking stuff that you get at the grocery store in the middle of winter! I can't wait to sit Alice in her design classic Tripp Trapp high chair and start the messy business of "open your mouth, the plane is asking permission for landing"!
That said, it is not because I dream of homemade purees that I wish to put the boobs to rest. On the contrary, I would love to breastfeed Alice as long as possible. However, how long is possible or acceptable in our society?
Breastfeeding is an extremely simple act. Yet it is highly complicated and victim of numerous taboos. Family, friends and strangers (people with and without kids) all asked me for how long I was planning to breastfeed Alice. In respond to my unclear "as long as possible" answer, I got many subtly disapproving looks and some direct "but why"?
Generally people are all in favor of breastfeeding but as soon as the kid reaches a certain age (somewhere between 4 and 6 months) they don't find it that cute anymore!
According to the Canadian Paediatric Society, Health Canada and The World Health Organization, breast milk is all a baby needs for the first six months. It is also recommended that breastfeeding continue, after introducing solid food, for the first two years of a child’s life or as long as it feels right.
So, I'm curious, how long did you breastfeed your kid?
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nadyne k.: For Alice? Um, yes sure. (it is totally for me...ah ah ah)
joeynomad: Oh no! I'm with you. Gastros are horrible!!!
kate / tinywarbler: I'm feeling better and I'm waiting for the second laugh.
one claire day: If is funny (yet a bit sad) that you freaked out Eulalie when she laughed for the first time.
clairsy: Thank you for the best wishes. It worked since I'm feeling fine :)
oscarlucinda: Yep, it was exhausting.
alyson: It was my first food poisoning and I honestly don't want to experience it a second time!
erica: My doula talked about frenectomy during our prenatal class. Just like you, she said that some doctors are unaware of the situation. I'm happy to know that things went well for you and your baby.
bugheart: Please, be very careful in Mexico! But I'm sure that you will be fine and having a good time :)
anonymous: Now I'm so good at taking care of Alice (breastfeeding) and having lunch at the same time. I just don't eat any soup or very hot stuff that could fall on her head.
all lit up: Oh no! Not a changing diaper war ;) I really like the image that you gave me (60's protester). Hopefully, things will get better very soon.