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
Older brother to his mother, who was beginning to stall nursing his toddler
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