It’s interesting nursing a toddler. It’s totally different from nursing a newborn or even an older infant. The older the baby gets, the more active they are and the more interesting nursing gets. Gone are the days Munchkin would just laid there and nurse. Even though she nursed a lot, it wasn’t hard once we figured out what we were doing. I loved the milky smiles she would give me. Sometimes she would wave her hand at me and other times I would give her a toy to keep her hands busy.
We nurse lying down so Munchkin can fall asleep. She’ll lay there for a bit but if a kitty comes by, forget it. She unlatches and wants to go pet the kitty. I also get fingers in my eyes, nose and mouth. She’ll pat the mama milk makers and it’s not uncommon for her to pinch me too. She likes to find my belly button and tickle me. Munchkin will play with her feet if she gets bored. The best is when she’s just about to fall asleep and she want to sleep on her belly. She doesn’t always want to stop nursing so she tries to turn over while still latched. Let’s just say my body doesn’t do that. She keeps trying though.
We now nurse two to three times a day. Munchkin nurses before she goes to sleep for nap and at night. Sometimes we’ll nurse in the middle of the night or in the morning when she wakes up. We haven’t nursed in the middle of the day for a couple of weeks, and even then it was a comfort nurse because she was sick.
I could have weaned her after the Alaskan cruise. She went a week without Mama milk and would have been fine to stay that way. I wasn’t ready to be done and she did ask for it so we continued to nurse. In a couple of weeks The Man and I are going away for a week and a half. Munchkin will be staying with Nana and once again there will be no Mama milk. I’ve been thinking that this trip might be the weaning point. I have mixed feeling about weaning though. In the middle of the night when she wants a 90 second nurse four or five times, I’m ready to be done. Other times I’m not so sure. I’m going to miss it. I think she could be ready to be done. I think we’re just going to have to wait and see.