One of the pleasures of breastfeeding a child who is old enough to talk is the insight we gain into his world. Here are some comments and gestures from
Little Breastfeeding (and Formerly Breastfeeding) People:
brother: “Oh, Mommy, I think it’s silly, but if he wants to, I think you should let him.”
Said casually to a mother as she crossed the grocery store parking lot with
From an 18 month old, watching her mother’s breasts appear from the bathtub: wild applause and cheering!
From a four year old, in footed pajamas, teeth brushed, ready for bed, whose
A three year old, recognizing that not everyone understands, whispered to her
A two and a half year old confidently brought his mother a dead worm to nurse, and was disappointed when a few moments of worm-under-shirt didn’t fix it.
One year old’s first joke, starting to latch on, then pulling away laughing,
Four year old, planning his future: “When I grow up, I’m going to be a
Game at breast,with an 18 month old who would let go and smile with each
Ten year old’s hot-tempered response to a radio psychologist who said, “If you let that baby in your bed you’ll never get him out”: “That’s a lie!”When asked why he ultimately stopped coming into his parents’ bed, he responded thoughtfully, “Well, you know, it’s a funny thing. When I was little, any time I needed you, I woke up. But then I stopped needing you, and so I just stopped waking up.”
To a mother after their last nursing, at about four and a half: “Mama, your milk will last me forever.”